Ireland’s Siobhán Fleming, seen here scoring against Kazakhstan, will start against France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Jenny Murphy has recovered from a knee injury to replace Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell ahead of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup third-place play off against Fra(...)

Ireland need all the variables to fall inther favour at Stade Jean Bouin this evening. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

If you don’t believe in the prowess of Fiona Coghlan’s band of sisters by now, you never will. Ireland can win this evening, they really can, but t(...)

Nora Stapleton returns at outhalf for Ireland’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Philip Doyle has named the same starting XV that beat New Zealand for Wednesday’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris (...)

Claire Molloy: “This game, England in a world cup semi-final, this is our dream. We now know we can beat New Zealand, so why not England as well?” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

It would be Claire Molloy who caught hypothermia. You might have seen the picture. A bitterly cold, wet and windy day in a town called Parabiagio, (...)

Tania Rosser’s versatility allows the Blackrock veteran move from scrumhalf to outhalf. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a necessary risk but Ireland coach Philip Doyle has dramatically altered his team to face Kazakhstan in tomorrow’s final Pool B match in Marcouss(...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle in Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In a quiet moment late last night Philip Doyle visibly winces when it was mentioned this achievement has the Irish women crossing the Black Rubicon be(...)

Ireland’s Alison Miller touches down for a try against New Zealand during their World Cup Pool B  clash at  FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 17 New Zealand 14 Going boldly where no Irish men have gone before, Fiona Coghlan’s heroic band of women have defeated New Zealand on(...)

Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell, Fiona Coghlan, Fiona Hayes and Gillian Bourke celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 1:31

Belief has long been deeply ingrained in the Ireland women’s rugby squad, but the rest of us only dared to wonder after Heather O’Brien’s try against(...)

The Ireland women’s rugby squad on their captain’s run at FFR headquarters in Marcoussis, Paris, ahead of their World Cup pool game against world champions New Zealand at the same venue this evening. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Beckett was right and that’s probably all the Irish women’s rugby team can do (...)

Ireland’s Sophie Spence enjoys the moment after her side’s bruising World Cup opener against the USA at Marcoussis in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

IRELAND 23, USA 17 Ireland got off to a dream start at the Women’s Rugby World Cup after coming out at the right end of a bruising encounter with th(...)