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Ireland’s Sophie Spence enjoys the moment after her side’s bruising World Cup opener against the USA at Marcoussis in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

IRELAND 23, USA 17 Ireland got off to a dream start at the Women’s Rugby World Cup after coming out at the right end of a bruising encounter with th(...)

 Ireland’s Sophie Spence celebrates after victory over the USA in Marcoussis, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

After a breathless 80 minutes, Ireland head coach Philip Doyle savoured his side’s 23-17 win over the USA in their Women’s Rugby World Cup opener toda(...)

Ireland’s Niamh Briggs stretches to score a try in the Women’s World Cup Pool B game against the USA at Marcoussis in Paris. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 23 USA 17 Ireland got off to a dream start at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France after coming out the right end of a bruising encounter wit(...)

Ireland forwards coach Peter Bracken talks to his players during an Irish squad session at the  FFR HQ, Marcoussis, Paris. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Enda McNulty, Irish rugby’s motivational guru, will not be pleased by this World Cup portrait starting with a splash of negative hue. It’s those dark (...)

Lynne Cantwell training at FFR HQ, Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland team to play the USA in the opening Pool B game in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup tomorrow (4.0, Irish time) at Marcoussis outside Paris (...)

Ireland’s Katie Taylor (red) on her way to defeating Estelle Mossely of France to win the 2014 European Elite Women’s Championships 60kg final at the Polyvalent Arena, Bucharest, last month. photograph: Octavian Cocolos/Inpho

When Katie Taylor won a record-breaking sixth European title in the first week in June, we reckoned that was our judging job done for the month, it wa(...)

Tania Rosser back after four year retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tania Rosser is a surprise yet invigorating addition to Ireland’s World Cup squad ahead of next month’s tournament in Marcoussis, just outside Paris. (...)

Ireland coach Philip Doyle said of the US team: ‘They’re bigger, heavier and more powerful than us’. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

USA v Ireland, Marcoussis, 4pm (Irish time) Live TG4 “It’s win or bust,” said Ireland coach Philip Doyle. “A must-win game if we are to have any exp(...)

 Sanita Puspure of Ireland poses with the bronze medal after the Women’s Single Sculls final at the  European Rowing Championships  in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

She took up rowing in her native Latvia when she was 15, and, in 2004 won gold at the World Student Games in France. Seventeen years on from when she (...)

Sarah Greene and her UCD team-mates celebrate their Irish Senior Cup final victory over Pembroke Wanderers. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In light of the season the UCD women’s hockey team has enjoyed, you could have picked just about any month since (...)

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