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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(...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu tackles Honoka Tsutsumi of Japan during the Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool C game at  UCD Bowl. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 24 Japan 14 On the premise that every game they play is a soap opera this was never in doubt. Ireland are brave as much as they are error str(...)

Ireland’s  Eimear Considine  is tackled by Australia’s Katrina Barker a during the World Cup clash at Belfield. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Jenny Murphy, despite receiving medical attention three times as Ireland stumbled to a 19-17 victory over Australia, is not injured. Nor is Ailis Egan(...)

Paula Fitzpatrick celebrates Ireland’s opening World Cup win over Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On an opening day of heavy scoring from New Zealand, Canada and England, it was left to the home team to inject a sense of World Cup wonder in UCD. A(...)

Sene Naoupu and Nora Stapleton celebrate Ireland’s hard-fought opening win over Australia. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 19 Australia 17 Ireland, for as long as they have been together, tend to win the hard way. Claire Molloy’s women made life awfully difficult(...)

Head coach Tom Tierney addresses the Ireland squad in a huddle during the captain’s run at UCD. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Australia (UCD Bowl, 7pm - Live RTÉ and eir Sport) The Women’s Rugby World Cup is not a major tournament. Certainly not in scale. This fled(...)

Tom Tierney talks to his players during a pre-tournament training session. Photograph: Inpho

Hannah Tyrrell has been named at fullback for Ireland’s Women’s Rugby World Cup opener against Australia on Wednesday evening. An Achilles injury rul(...)

Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell celebrates after beating New Zealand during the 2014 World Cup. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Lynne Cantwell played outside centre on the first Ireland team to beat New Zealand in a senior international. Happened at the World Cup in Marcoussis(...)

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs has been ruled out of the WRWC with an achilles injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just eight days before the World Cup on home soil, Ireland are forced to stare into a gaping leadership void. The loss of Niamh Briggs to an Achilles(...)

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