UL Bohemian flanker Ciara Griffin retains the captaincy as part of a backrow that also includes Edel McMahon and Anna Caplice. Photograph: Inpho

The Ireland Women’s team will be looking to claim a breakthrough victory in a November international when they welcome Wales to the UCD Bowl on Sunday(...)

 Juliet Short in action for Leinster: the player has been included in the Ireland team for the November Test matches. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Just a few years ago Juliet Short was told she would never play rugby again when a spine injury threatened her career. She moved to Brazil to coach bu(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Nora Stapleton during Ireand’s Captain’s Run in Donnybrook Stadium. Team sponsors Aon will vacate their front of jersey sponsorship for ICHH, a charity fighting homelessness in Dublin since 2013, for the Grand Slam decider against England. Photograph: Inpho

Anyone remember what all the fuss was about? Never mind. This enormous challenge demands that each and every Irish player is tuned into their specific(...)

Ireland players celebrate Leah Lyons scoring a try during the Women’s Six Nations Championship match against France at  Donnybrook. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 13 France 10 Winning dominates any sporting narrative. Despite the loss of seemingly irreplaceable backs – captain Niamh Briggs, Sene Naoupu (...)

Ireland’s Claire Molloy in action against England at Belfield: “We have a lot of pride in the green shirt.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Dr Claire Molloy blames her current existence on mathematics. It was 2005 and life was moving along just fine for the teenage corner back as Galway re(...)

Ireland’s captain Niamh Briggs has recovered from the hamstring injury that saw her miss the England and Canada games. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland women’s coach Tom Tierney went for a slight shift in emphasis in terms of team selection for the third and final match in the November Test se(...)

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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