Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle following the victory over New Zealand at the FFR headquarters in Marcoussis. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The day begins at different times for everyone and for some, like Ireland’s video analyst Lenny Browne, it never ends at all. For most it became a day(...)

Tania Rosser’s versatility allows the Blackrock veteran move from scrumhalf to outhalf. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a necessary risk but Ireland coach Philip Doyle has dramatically altered his team to face Kazakhstan in tomorrow’s final Pool B match in Marcouss(...)

Heather O’Brien embraces a member of the support staff after Ireland’s  victory over New Zealand  at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The good news, and there’s plenty, is Ireland will almost certainly avoid New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final when the tournament moves into Paris(...)

Ireland’s Alison Miller touches down for a try against New Zealand during their World Cup Pool B  clash at  FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 17 New Zealand 14 Going boldly where no Irish men have gone before, Fiona Coghlan’s heroic band of women have defeated New Zealand on(...)

Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell, Fiona Coghlan, Fiona Hayes and Gillian Bourke celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Belief has long been deeply ingrained in the Ireland women’s rugby squad, but the rest of us only dared to wonder after Heather O’Brien’s try against(...)

Ireland celebrate their World Cup win over the tournament favourites New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 17 New Zealand 14Come here, ever hear the one about the Irish men trying and failing to beat New Zealand in test rugby for over a century befo(...)

Lynne Cantwell training at FFR HQ, Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland team to play the USA in the opening Pool B game in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup tomorrow (4.0, Irish time) at Marcoussis outside Paris (...)

Tania Rosser back after four year retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tania Rosser is a surprise yet invigorating addition to Ireland’s World Cup squad ahead of next month’s tournament in Marcoussis, just outside Paris. (...)

Ireland coach Philip Doyle said of the US team: ‘They’re bigger, heavier and more powerful than us’. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

USA v Ireland, Marcoussis, 4pm (Irish time) Live TG4 “It’s win or bust,” said Ireland coach Philip Doyle. “A must-win game if we are to have any exp(...)

Ireland replacement Jenny Murphy stretches out to score her side’s fifth try in the 39-0 victory over Italy in Saturday’s Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland 39 Italy 0: The Ireland women latched on to the mood of celebration on th(...)

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