Head coach Anthony Eddy talks to the Ireland women’s team during squad training for the  World Cup Sevens at   San Francisco GAA club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland Men and Women Sevens teams take to the field at AT&T Park in San Francisco, home to the San Francisco Giants Baseball team, in their r(...)

England’s Kelly Smith is tackled by Katie Fitzhenry of Ireland during the Women’s Six Nations match at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

England Women 33 Ireland Women 11 Sometimes there’s no shame in defeat. Even if every pass had stuck and Ireland reduced their error count by three q(...)

Katie Fitzhenry returns from Sevens action to play for the Ireland senior XV against Italy at Donnybrook on Sunday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs has made two changes to his starting XV for Sunday’s home game against Italy in Donnybrook (1pm). Katie Fitzhe(...)

Ireland’s Sophie Spence was not included in the squad as the player announced her retirement on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Following a disappointing Rugby World Cup in Ireland during the summer, Ireland Women’s coach Adam Griggs has named 38 players from 10 clubs in his sq(...)

Ireland’s Lindsay Peat waves to the crowd with her son Barra after the defeat to Wales in the  Women’s Rugby World Cup seventh-place playoff at  Kingspan Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales 27 Ireland 17 An internal review of this World Cup collapse is promised by the IRFU but coaching consequences have, seemingly, been decided alr(...)

Ireland’s players react after Wales’ Carys Phillips scores a try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 17 Wales 27 Tom Tierney’s tenure as Ireland women’s head coach has ended but the 40-year-old is not unemployed. “I’m a rugby coach by profes(...)

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’s Sene Naoupu tackles Honoka Tsutsumi of Japan during the Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool C game at  UCD Bowl. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 24 Japan 14 On the premise that every game they play is a soap opera this was never in doubt. Ireland are brave as much as they are error str(...)

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(...)

Ireland women’s rugby head coach Tom Tierney and captain Niamh Briggs. Ireland are ranked fifth in the world. Photograph:  INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It’s almost three years since that momentous August day when Ireland beat New Zealand 17-14 in a Women’s World Cup pool match at Marcoussis, Paris, en(...)

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