Ireland’s Sene Naoupu scores a try despite Adi Taviner of Wales Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland 21 Wales 3 All told, a serious statement of intent from the defending champions. And a diamond discovered in the process. It was 2011 when (...)

Elise O’Byrne-White will make her debut for Ireland against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Wales Donnybrook, Saturday, 1pm Instead of building on the unexpected Six Nations title Niamh Briggs led Ireland to in 2015 – following on(...)

Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick in action against New Zealand in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is very little to tell. Ireland won a Grand Slam in 2013, reached a World Cup semi-final in 2014 and recaptured the Six Nations title in 2015. (...)

Niamh Briggs: will captain Ireland against England at the Stoop. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

  This first November international could become a historic one should Niamh Briggs’s Ireland figure a way to win a Test match on English (...)

Railway Union hooker Cliodhna Moloney is one of six debuts handed out by Ireland women’s coach Tom Tierney for Saturday’s inaugural  November international against England at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland head coach Tom Tierney has included six uncapped players in the Ireland women’s side for Saturday’s historic first November international agai(...)

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(...)

Just five years after taking up the game Sophie Spence was a member of Ireland’s Grand-Slam winning team. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It has, to say the least, been an eventful start to the Six Nations campaign for Ireland. The team opened with a comprehensive 30-5 win away to Ital(...)

Ireland’s Alison Miller and Jenny Murphy celebrate the Women’s Six Nations Championship victory over England at   Ashbourne RFC. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland Women 11 England Women 8Twenty two years playing England’s women, the first ever victory came in 2013. The second came last night. Undoubtedl(...)

Ireland flanker Paula Fitzpatrick has been in outstanding form in the Six Nations campaign. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Last game in Ashbourne it seems. The IRFU, indicating that their senior women have outgrown this always welcoming rugby ground (every other Six Nat(...)

 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 (...)