Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

 Ciara Griffin scores Ireland’s  first try in the Women’s Six Nations  match against France at Donnybrook.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland 17 France 47 Ireland suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of a ruthless French side in the Women’s Six Nations at Donnybrook on Satur(...)

Italy’s Giada Franco scores a try during the Women’s Six Nations match at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Italy 29 Ireland 27 Ireland fell to a second defeat in the Women’s Six Nations Championship at the end of an absorbing battle with Italy in Parma on (...)

England’s Lydia Thompson is tackled by Lauren Delany of Ireland during the autumn international at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

England 37 Ireland 15 Lydia Thompson scored a second-half hat-trick of tries as England pulled away from Ireland in the second half of the autumn int(...)

Ireland’s Laura Sheehan scores a try during the women’s Test match against the USA at Donnybrook. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 10 USA 19 Ireland fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of the USA in a fiercely-contested women’s Test at Donnybrook on Sunday afterno(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Cooney during practice ahead of her side’s second clash with Australia in Belfast. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Ireland v Australia, Kingspan stadium, 2pm - live RTÉ 2 and eir Sport This feels like another time, another place. “Training became more intense, p(...)