New Zealand captain Fiao’o Faamausili,  raises the World Cup after victory over England in the final in Belfast.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Zealand 41 England 32 A watershed moment like 1995, when professionalism took hold of male rugby, remains some way off. So where to from here? (...)

New Zealand celebrate winning the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Finalafter beating England at  the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New Zealand 41 England 32 The English machine derailed by wave upon crashing wave of blackness. A never ending night until we move to Hong Kong or p(...)

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 Claire Molloy and Australia’s Katrina Barker (left) and Liz Patu during the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match at the UCD Bowl, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three years ago Joe Schmidt bemoaned the short break Ireland had between matches in the 2014 Six Nations Championship. “Just winning those home ones (...)

Selica Winiata scored a hat-trick as New Zealand romped past Wales in their World Cup opener. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

New Zealand 44 Wales 12 An old school contest in this bright new era for women’s rugby, with plenty of heavy hitting males among the crowd. Wales re(...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle following the victory over New Zealand at the FFR headquarters in Marcoussis. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The day begins at different times for everyone and for some, like Ireland’s video analyst Lenny Browne, it never ends at all. For most it became a day(...)