France’s Julie Annery is tackled by England’s Sarah Bern. Annery crosses the line but the try is disallowed. Photograph: Getty Images

France may have saved the Women’s Rugby World Cup from mediocrity and duopoly but the Black Ferns and Red Roses will contest this Saturday’s final at (...)

Portia Woodman of New Zealand breaks clear from Lindsay Varty of Hong Kong to score a try during their pool match in UCD on August 13th.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Here comes the serious and perhaps, finally, the competitive rugby at this World Cup. England, New Zealand and France all breezed through the round-(...)

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 (...)