Sophie Spence

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Coach Sophie Spence takes a selfie with her DCU players after they played UL in the  Irish Rugby National Sevens Festival in Terenure College. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Sophie Spence can’t remember bringing her opponent to the ground during a club game for Old Belvedere last September. It was her last tackle of the g(...)

Ireland’s Jenny Murphy  runs at the  England defence during the Women’s Six Nations match against England at Donnybrook. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 7 England 34 The Grand Slam flickered into view until England woke from their slumber to remind everyone why they were crowned world champio(...)

Nora Stapleton during Ireand’s Captain’s Run in Donnybrook Stadium. Team sponsors Aon will vacate their front of jersey sponsorship for ICHH, a charity fighting homelessness in Dublin since 2013, for the Grand Slam decider against England. Photograph: Inpho

Anyone remember what all the fuss was about? Never mind. This enormous challenge demands that each and every Irish player is tuned into their specific(...)

Hannah Tyrrell  (left) celebrates with team-mates after scoring Ireland’s second try against Wales in Six Nations clash on Saturday. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Ireland 12 Wales 7 Ireland remain on course for a second Grand Slam in four years. The Six Nations decider against a powerful England, who hammered S(...)

Ireland’s Hannah Tyrrell celebrates scoring her side’s second try. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Ireland 12 Wales 7 Ireland remain on course for a second Grand Slam in four years. The Six Nations decider against a powerful England, who hammered S(...)

Ireland players celebrate Leah Lyons scoring a try during the Women’s Six Nations Championship match against France at  Donnybrook. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 13 France 10 Winning dominates any sporting narrative. Despite the loss of seemingly irreplaceable backs – captain Niamh Briggs, Sene Naoupu (...)

Sene Naoupu and Alison Miller: Irish management will  confirm at Thursday’s team announcement if they will face France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the middle of the Six Nations, in this Women’s Rugby World Cup year on home soil, the Ireland Sevens programme is poised to withdraw three key pla(...)

 Hannah Tyrrell scores Ireland’s  bonus-point try in the 81st minute in Italy. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Italy Women 3 Ireland Women 27 A moment of rugby clarity defined Ireland’s afternoon in the picturesque Stadio Tommaso Fattori in L’Aquila, transform(...)

Ireland captain Paula Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho.

WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS Italy v Ireland,  Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L’Aquila, Sunday, 1.0pm (Irish time), live on RTÉ 2 A bonus-point victory over S(...)

Mairead Coyne is backed up by Alison Miller in the Ireland v England match on November 13th. Photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Women’s Six Nations preview: Scotland v Ireland Venue: Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Friday, 6.35pm TV: Live on RTÉ Two Irelan(...)

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