Ciara Griffin scores Ireland’s  first try in the Women’s Six Nations  match against France at Donnybrook.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland 17 France 47 Ireland suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of a ruthless French side in the Women’s Six Nations at Donnybrook on Satur(...)

 Conor Murray  was not included on World Rugby’s player of the year shortlist. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s Conor Murray was a notable absentee when the nominees for World Rugby’s player of the year award were announced on Monday. Five players ha(...)

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 Hannah Tyrrell is comforted by friends after the defeat to France in the Women’s World Cup at the UCD Bowl. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

All week long it felt as though Ireland had frittered away belief in their effort and replaced it with hope. A poor game against Australia chased anot(...)

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(...)