Spanish players celebrate victory over Ireland in the  Rugby World Cup European Qualifying Tournament at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Spain 8 Ireland 7 The Rugby World Cup dreams of the Ireland women’s team hang in the balance after they suffered a shock one-point defeat to Spain in(...)

Ireland’s Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe makes a break against Italy during the Six Nations clash at Energia Park, Donnybrook. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 25 Italy 5 After a truncated Six Nations met pre-tournament targets, by Ireland finishing third, and for all the coach and player talk about(...)

Ireland women’s coach Adam Griggs working with the squad at Donnybrook in advance of the Italy clash. “Top-three finish was our target,” said Griffin, “and that is in our grasp.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Donnybrook, 12pm – (live on RTÉ Two) There has been a Groundhog Day feeling in the build-up to this Six Nations third-place play-of(...)

Stacey Flood: starts at No 10  against Italy  having  excelled as the outhalf replacement against France – so Hannah Tyrrell makes way. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland head coach Adam Griggs, speaking ahead of the final Six Nations match against Italy at Donnybrook on Saturday (12pm kick-off, live RTÉ Two), b(...)

Ireland head coach Adam Griggs believes his team are improving despite heavy defeat to France. Photograph: Inpho

“Let’s be realistic in terms of this group of players,” Niamh Briggs intervened on RTÉ immediately following the shellacking. “Bar Boulard, (...)

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe is in line to make her Ireland 15s debut in the Six Nations game against France at Donnybrook on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

People are quick to list all the negative connotations surrounding a virus that has irrevocably altered human existence, but the pandemic does have a (...)

Kathryn Dane in action during the Ireland women’s training session at the   IRFU High Performance Centre in Abbotstown on Tuesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“Obviously we are not just small men,” smiled Kathryn Dane, the Ireland scrumhalf from Fermanagh who works for Leinster as a physiotherapist, when her(...)

Louise Galvin has retired from the full-time Women’s Sevens circuit after an impressive multi-sport career. File photograph: Inpho

The events of 2020 have led to Louise Galvin retiring from the full-time Women’s Sevens circuit, where she played full-time for five years. Instead, s(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan (23) has become the youngest recipient of the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Men’s Player of the Year award. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

James Ryan was last night honoured as the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Men’s Player of the Year at the RWI awards in Dublin, thereby making the 2(...)

James Ryan (right) with Leinster team-mate Tadgh Furlong following their Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at St James’ Park, Newcastle, last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland

It is a measure of the esteem in which James Ryan is held by his peers that the 22-year-old Leinster and Irish lock has become the youngest player to (...)

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