Irish international Paula Fitzpatrick: hoping for Irish Women’s team’s first victory in France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paula Fitzpatrick will note some familiar faces in the blue of France when she lines up for the anthems ahead of the Women’s Six Nations Championship(...)

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. (...)

Wales 0 Ireland 20Ireland put themselves firmly into Women’s Six Nations title contention as they ground out an ultimately comfortable win to end Wale(...)

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 Jenny Murphy and Alison Miller are dejected after defeat to France. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 5 France 10 “You can’t charge people €10 to stand in the rain for an hour with their children,” said one of the 2,100 crowd. “This is Te(...)

 Ireland’s Katie Fitzhenry on the attack against Italy. The Blackrock back will start at inside centre against France. Photograph: Ivan Marianelli / Inpho

Ireland v France (Ashbourne RFC, Meath, Friday, 7.30pm)The Ireland women’s team to face France shows one change with Blackrock’s Katie Fitzhenry repla(...)

 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 (...)

Jeamie Deacon in action for Blackrock.

She’s had her fair share of memorable moments during her sporting career to date, being flown by private jet to play in a hockey quarter-final for Mic(...)

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(...)