Australia’s Hilisha Samoa scores their third try against Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 24 Australia 36 Failings in Irish preparation for this home World Cup need to be explained to avoid a recurrence. Jaded and leaking yards of(...)

Sene Naoupu and Nora Stapleton celebrate Ireland’s hard-fought opening win over Australia. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 19 Australia 17 Ireland, for as long as they have been together, tend to win the hard way. Claire Molloy’s women made life awfully difficult(...)