Elodie Guiglion of France dives to score against Ireland  in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 3rd/4th Place Playoff at Stade Jean-Bouin  in Paris. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

France 25 Ireland 18So, Fiona Coghlan’s Ireland finish fourth at the World Cup and, like other Irish heroines before them, fall agonisingly short of t(...)

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, (...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle following the victory over New Zealand at the FFR headquarters in Marcoussis. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The day begins at different times for everyone and for some, like Ireland’s video analyst Lenny Browne, it never ends at all. For most it became a day(...)

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(...)

Heather O’Brien embraces a member of the support staff after Ireland’s  victory over New Zealand  at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The good news, and there’s plenty, is Ireland will almost certainly avoid New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final when the tournament moves into Paris(...)

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(...)