Sene Naoupu in action for Ireland in the Women’s Six Nations Championship. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Sunday lunchtimes in Donnybrook. Ireland versus Italy and Scotland. Much work needed on the skills front. Plenty of sevens players learning to play ru(...)

Ireland’s Niamh Briggs tackled by Ceri Large and Abigail Brown of England during last year’s Six Nations clash in Ashbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Different cast members from two years ago, but Ireland’s problem last time around, on this wide open space, in this cavernous stadium, was exit routes(...)

Larissa Muldoon, Sophie Spence, Gillian Bourke and Ailis Egan celebrate at the final whistle in Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Oh sorry! Did I get blood on you?” A smiling Jenny Murphy, with red-stained teeth, remains thoughtful despite euphoric celebrations just moments afte(...)

Tom Tierney talking to the Irish backs during the captain’s run recently. The Grand Slam may have slipped out of reach but a second Six Nations in three years is within touching distance. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Let’s briefly revisit the French visit to Ashbourne in February. Not to highlight the floodlight failure again but to reveal its positive impact.Unbek(...)

Jackie Shiels return to midfield alongside Jenny Murphy which should improve the distribution out wide against Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Forget about winning a still-possible second Six Nations title in three seasons for a moment. This should be viewed as leg two of the Triple Crown. T(...)

Jackie Shiels has been named in the Ireland starting line-up against Wales.

Jackie Shiels returns to the Ireland midfield to face Wales at Swansea RFC on Sunday (kick-off 12pm) as Katie Fitzhenry has been ruled out with an ank(...)

 Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick on the attackin Florence.  Photograph: Ivan Marianelli / Inpho

Italy 5 Ireland 30Brand new coaching ticket and utter change to their core leadership but business as usual for Ireland. They backed up last August’s (...)

Ireland’s Grace Davitt, Lynne Cantwell and Jenny Murphy celebrate after beating USA in the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Anthony Eddy, the Ireland women’s director of rugby, has named 12 uncapped players in a much changed squad ahead of the Six Nations. Nine players have(...)

Ireland’s backroom team during the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. The side currently has no coaches.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan

In a move that should, in theory, prove hugely beneficial for women’s rugby in Ireland, the IRFU have moved the 15-a-side game from their domestic gam(...)

Ireland’s Jenny Murphy: “We want to build on the World Cup.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Despite the IRFU stating during the women’s World Cup last August that a new Ireland coaching team would be in place a month after the tournament, no(...)