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(...)

 Marie Louise Reilly: her recall will add significantly to Ireland’s attacking options against France.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland v France (UCD Bowl, 7.45pm – Live RTÉ and eir Sport) France are the wrong team to face head on yet, of late, these brave Irish women know no (...)

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 Claire Molloy: “We don’t need to worry about how much. It just has to be a win.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Claire Molloy has not had much time to settle in. An injury to captain Niamh Briggs. A phone call and a conversation. Molloy’s answer was yes. Irelan(...)

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(...)

 Hannah Tyrrell scores Ireland’s  bonus-point try in the 81st minute in Italy. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Italy Women 3 Ireland Women 27 A moment of rugby clarity defined Ireland’s afternoon in the picturesque Stadio Tommaso Fattori in L’Aquila, transform(...)

Railway Union’s Kim Flood will make her debut for Ireland at fullback against Italy at Donnybrook on Sunday. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland coach Tom Tierney has included two new caps in his back three for Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Italy at Donnybrook (1pm). In total there ar(...)

Cliodhna Moloney: comes in at hooker replacing Zoe Grattage who moves to the replacements. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s a shame these matches are not played in Paris where the main event is taking place. Irish and French fans in the capital are always looking for (...)

Ireland’s Siobhán Fleming, seen here scoring against Kazakhstan, will start against France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Jenny Murphy has recovered from a knee injury to replace Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell ahead of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup third-place play off against Fra(...)

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