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Billy Vunipola in action for Saracens on Saturday. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The archaic male committee system Imagine Ailis Mardon-Egan was a man. Her new name could be Phil Orr, Nick Popplewell or Cian Healy. Leinster looshe(...)

Lower ambitions is the clear IRFU message in their Women in Rugby – Action Plan 2018-23. Objectives for the Six Nations up to 2023 is one title c(...)

The UL Bohemians players celebrate with the trophy. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

UL Bohemians 15 Old Belvedere 0 UL Bohemians captain Fiona Hayes lifted the Women’s All-Ireland League trophy for a second year in a row after the ta(...)

Niamh Briggs evades a tackle from Jade Knight during a challenge match in Wales last month. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Preview: Ireland v France Stade Ernst Wallon, 8pm Live RTÉ Let’s start on a positive note: Niamh Briggs is back. The former Ireland captain, and fu(...)

Ireland’s Jenny Murphy has quit international rugby to take up boxing. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Before unveiling Jenny Murphy’s new sporting life as a boxer, see Australian rugby’s landmark shift toward sporting equality. The ARU, along with inco(...)

The Ireland women’s rugby squad: “We want to do the best we can for the women’s game in Ireland in terms of giving them a profile and an opportunity to engage with the largest possible audience,” said RTÉ’s head of sport Ryle Nugent. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland women’s team must play their home Six Nations matches on Sunday in Donnybrook despite RTÉ offering prime time slots Friday or Saturday nig(...)

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(...)

Australia’s Hilisha Samoa scores their third try against Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 24 Australia 36 Failings in Irish preparation for this home World Cup need to be explained to avoid a recurrence. Jaded and leaking yards of(...)

Ireland head coach Tom Tierney dejected after the defaet top France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Morale has never been so low. That is an achievement in itself by Ireland coach Tom Tierney. The ghosts of Lens 1999 seeped into the UCD Bowl last Thu(...)

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(...)

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