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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(...)

Recently retired Irish rugby player Sophie Spence said: “Forming the habit of regular exercise at an early age is crucial to maintaining and improving your fitness levels throughout your life.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

A major new study indicates there is a “startling drop-off”in fitness among secondary school students after the Junior Cert. The results of a study (...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Sophie Spence was not included in the squad as the player announced her retirement on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Following a disappointing Rugby World Cup in Ireland during the summer, Ireland Women’s coach Adam Griggs has named 38 players from 10 clubs in his sq(...)

Sophie Spence has announced her retirement from international rugby. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sophie Spence has retired from international rugby after five years playing in the Ireland jersey. Spence was part of the Irish team for the recent W(...)

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’s Ciara Cooney during practice ahead of her side’s second clash with Australia in Belfast. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Ireland v Australia, Kingspan stadium, 2pm - live RTÉ 2 and eir Sport This feels like another time, another place. “Training became more intense, p(...)

Ireland Women’s head coach Tom Tierney talks to his players during a training session in Belfast. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland head coach Tom Tierney has made three changes to his team to face Australia in Tuesday’s 5th Place semi-final match of the Women’s Rugby World(...)

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(...)

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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