England captain Sarah Hunter celebrates with team mates after series victory over Canada at Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Childs/File Photo/Reuters

England are to become the first fully professional women’s rugby nation. Twenty-eight players will receive one-season deals from January 2019, with th(...)

Hannah Tyrrell during the Ireland Women’s captain’s run, in Donnybrook, Dublin. Player returns to the wing for the Scotland clash. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland Donnybrook, 1pm (Sunday) - Live RTÉ The try count tells a story. Compare Ireland captain Ciara Griffin’(...)

Ciara O’Connor comes in to the Ireland Women’s frontrow for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Wales in Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland Women’s coach Adam Griggs has made four changes from the side that beat Italy for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Wales at Donnybrook (3pm)(...)

Leah Lyons with her team-mates at the end of the game which Ireland lost  24-0 to France on Saturday evening. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

France 24 Ireland 0 The Ireland Women’s side began their 2018 Six Nations Championship campaign with a heavy defeat to France at Toulouse’s Stade Ern(...)

Tullamore’s Ciara Farrell and teammates after defeating Rathdrum in   the final of the Women’s All-Ireland Plate  at Dubarry Park, Athlone, in April. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

On a recent Sunday afternoon Tullamore’s starting XV togged out for a Women’s All-Ireland League clash against Railway Union. Tullamore were still adj(...)

Ireland’s Hannah Tyrrell is comforted by friends after the defeat to France in the Women’s World Cup at the UCD Bowl. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

All week long it felt as though Ireland had frittered away belief in their effort and replaced it with hope. A poor game against Australia chased anot(...)

Ireland’s Lindsay Peat is tackled during the Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool C game against France at the  UCD Bowl. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France 21 Ireland 5 The Fields of Athenry is a beautiful lament. With 25 minutes on the clock it gently rang around Belfield as Ireland threw everyth(...)

Nicole Cronin in action against Japan last weekend. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ireland’s Nicole Cronin has retained the scrumhalf jersey for tomorrow night’s win-or-bust clash with France tomorrow night. Cronin’s snappy service(...)

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs has been ruled out of the WRWC with an achilles injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just eight days before the World Cup on home soil, Ireland are forced to stare into a gaping leadership void. The loss of Niamh Briggs to an Achilles(...)

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(...)

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