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-(...)

England’s  Emily Scarratt  is tackled during the clash against Spain who proved no match for the world champions. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Pool B It is difficult to draw much from England’s first outing and demolition of Spain except that the world number one side are as good as their ra(...)

Ireland flanker Paula Fitzpatrick has been in outstanding form in the Six Nations campaign. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Last game in Ashbourne it seems. The IRFU, indicating that their senior women have outgrown this always welcoming rugby ground (every other Six Nat(...)

Lock Sophie Spence never gave up the fight in the torrid IRB Women’s World Cup semi-final defeat to England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Finding Sophie Spence. it happened over three years ago.“In fairness to Goose (Philip Doyle, Ireland’s coach for another 24 hours), ” explains Ireland(...)

2014 Women's Rugby World Cup Semi-Final, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France 13/8/2014Ireland vs EnglandNiamh Briggs applauds the Ireland fans after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Where to start? Wednesday’s defeat to England made for grim viewing, in stark contrast to the marvellous shock of Canada overcoming France thanks to a(...)

Kay Wilson of England touches down  during the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against   Ireland   at Stade Jean Bouin  in Paris. Photograph:   Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Ireland 7 England 40 There can be no complaints. Ireland, the most professional amateur group Joe Schmidt said he has ever encountered, were utterly s(...)