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(...)

(From left) Jacqui Hurley (RTÉ), Marie Crowe (UTV), Mary Hannigan (The Irish Times) and Maura Treasa Ní Dhubhghail (TG4). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Jacqui Hurley, Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill and Marie Crowe are three of the most recognisable female faces – and voices – in the Irish sports media, (...)

Niamh Briggs: Ireland’s captain reverts from centre to fullback for for the clash against Scotland. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland, Donnybrook, Sunday, 1pm Not a memorable campaign as the dethroned champions can only, realistically, finis(...)

Sophie Spence starts at number eight for Ireland against Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Italy, Donnybrook, 1pm The Ireland team has been largely set in stone for several seasons. Until now. Considering (...)

Railway Union’s Kim Flood will make her debut for Ireland at fullback against Italy at Donnybrook on Sunday. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland coach Tom Tierney has included two new caps in his back three for Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Italy at Donnybrook (1pm). In total there ar(...)

Ireland’s Larissa Muldoon in action during against England at Twickenham: Ireland were unable to hold on to their 9-8 lead. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Setting up camp at the water’s edge, otherwise known as England’s try line, had to yield five points if victory was to be even considered on the vast(...)

 Abbie Scott  scores England’s second try despite the attentions of Ireland’s   Cliodhna Moloney during the  Women’s Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

England 13 Ireland 9 The lesson remains as salient as ever; setting up camp at the water’s edge that is the England try-line must yield five points i(...)

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(...)

Cliodhna Moloney: comes in at hooker replacing Zoe Grattage who moves to the replacements. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s a shame these matches are not played in Paris where the main event is taking place. Irish and French fans in the capital are always looking for (...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu runs in a try against Wales during the Women’s Six Nations clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 21 Wales 3 A familiar-looking pack ultimately delivered a clear-cut victory in the rain but it was Sene Naoupu who provided the spark for I(...)