Women's Rugby World Cup

Lindsay Peat hopes France can go on to be crowned Women’s Rugby World Cup champions after their first- half blitz demolished Ireland on Thursday night.

Belfast calls as school’s out for World Cup

Today, the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup folds its tents and moves up the M1 from the UCD campus on Dublin’s southside to Belfast.

‘We just had too much of a mountain to climb’

Ireland’s comprehensive 21-5 defeat to France at a rain-soaked UCD Bowl saw Tom Tierney’s side fail to qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals last night.

New Zealand outclass Canada in Women's Rugby World Cup

New Zealand powered into the Women's World Cup semi-finals after crushing Canada 48-5 in Dublin to finish top of Pool A.

Over €10,000 raised for severely injured players through Women's Rugby World Cup

“We are absolutely delighted with the success of the ticket exchange programme.”

Health is wealth for talismanic Sophie Spence

Spotting rugby rookie Sophie Spence playing for the Exiles and nabbing her before England got their mitts on her, was one former Irish coach Philip Doyle’s many wily moves.

Free-scoring French will pose tough test to Ireland

With France, it’s always about the known unknowns.

Ciara Griffin says earlier French class will count for nothing

Ciara Griffin says Ireland’s Six Nations victory over France earlier this year will mean nothing ahead of Thursday’s World Cup showdown at UCD.

Tom Tierney: We are still in the game

Three days’ rest and recuperation now and then it’s the French, writes Brendan O'Brien.

Heroics of Ireland Women's rugby team inspires next generation

Big tournaments can be noisy, rude affairs. Whether it’s an Olympic Games, a Fifa World Cup or a Ryder Cup, these operations tend to pitch tent, plaster posters, and plant flags all over town. 

Relief all round as Ireland Women win nail-biter against Australia

Ireland 19 Australia 17
The scoreboard tells us that Ireland won this terrifically entertaining and edgy World Cup Pool C opener but the more nuanced reality is that they simply happened to be ahead when the clock struck eighty.

Gulf in standards seriously exposed at Women’s Rugby World Cup

There was less than a minute gone at the UCD Bowl when England centre Megan Jones shrugged off a poor excuse of a tackle and crossed the Spanish line for the first score of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Ireland open World Cup with win over Australia ... just about

Ireland ... 19, Australia ... 17: The scoreboard tells us that Ireland won this terrifically entertaining and edgy World Cup Pool C opener but the more nuanced reality is that they simply happened to be ahead when the clock struck eighty, writes Brendan O’Brien in the UCD Bowl.

Wales overrun by New Zealand in Women's Rugby World Cup group

Wales were overrun 44-12 by New Zealand to launch their Women's Rugby World Cup group campaign in disappointing fashion in Dublin.

Nora Stapleton: Ireland’s outspoken out-half

IT’S a sporting anomaly, but both of the first-choice half-backs for the Irish women’s rugby team are from Donegal.

Ireland hope Women’s Rugby World Cup will leave a lasting legacy

When the Women’s Rugby World Cup ends on August 26, when the biggest sporting event to take place on the island of Ireland since the 2006 Ryder Cup folds up its tent and leaves town, the questions will be asked: what kind of legacy will the tournament leave, and will women’s rugby prosper and grow at grassroots level thereafter?

New Zealand Black Ferns ready to step out of All Blacks’ shadow at Women’s Rugby World Cup

MOST staunch New Zealand rugby people support the Black Ferns, four-time Women’s Rugby World Cup winners.

How England have become world leaders in women’s rugby

IT is a mark of how grueling England women’s training camp is ahead of this World Cup that, as second row Abbie Scott sits down, she has to pause for a minute to catch her breath.

Ireland’s pathway to joining the big three of women’s international rugby

New Zealand, England, and Canada are the standard bearers of women’s international rugby, but Irelandareclosing fast. Edward Newman asks what does the IRFU need to do to make the leap into elite company?

Shining brightest: The 10 stars who will light up this World Cup

Alex Baywater looks at who could be the star player at this year’s World Cup

How the Russians endeared themselves to their Welsh hosts at inaugural Women’s World Cup

Peter Jackson recounts how the Russians endeared themselves to their Welsh hosts in the inaugural Women’s World Cup

Ireland already in must-win territory

Fifth in the world against sixth. It looks tight on paper, and maybe it will be, but only one side is likely to escape Pool C of this 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, so this is a game that the hosts simply have to win.

A small step for Ireland, a giant leap for women’s rugby

The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 kicks-off today with all eyes on Ireland as it hosts the tournament for the first time.

Ireland name O'Brien and Baxter in starting line-up for World Cup opener

Ashleigh Baxter and Heather O'Brien will start Ireland's opening Women's Rugby World Cup clash against Australia on Wednesday.

Tom Tierney seeks ‘galvanising effect’

The loss of an experienced warrior just before a World Cup finals, the absence of the team’s talisman and their inspirational captain; it could be said the Ireland’s women’s rugby team are going through their own Saipan moment.

Ireland captain Claire Molloy: We have to make most of this opportunity

The build-up is like nothing before, the surroundings are new, the pressure will reach unprecedented heights, but Ireland women’s rugby skipper Claire Molloy is only interested in the same old, same old when she leads the team out in Wednesday night’s opening game against Australia at UCD.

Shannon Houston comes full circle in return ‘home’ for World Cup

There’s been a few great twists in Shannon Houston’s life so far but even she can’t believe the one that’s brought her back to Ireland for the 2017 Rugby World Cup.

Helen O’Reilly Q&A: 'One No. 8, who was trying to wind up his opposite number, said ‘Ref, you should be at home doing the dishes!’'

Helen O’Reilly won All-Ireland league medals with her native Ashbourne and St Mary’s before taking up refereeing in 2010. She was one of only two Northern Hemisphere refs at the 2014 Women’s World Cup and is now on the IRFU’s elite panel. In 2016 she was the first women to do touch judge in a PRO12 game, and in 2017 refereed a second tier men’s international.

David Nucifora talks up investment in women’s game

IRFU performance director David Nucifora believes the investment made in women’s rugby in Ireland will allow for ‘long term growth’ of the game after next month’s World Cup.

Tom Tierney: We learned from Six Nations heartbreak

Tom Tierney says Ireland’s women’s team will take priceless lessons into next month’s World Cup from their Six Nations defeat to England last March.

Ambitious Niamh Briggs targeting World Cup glory on home soil

Ireland skipper Niamh Briggs has told her team-mates to embrace their ‘once in a generation’ chance to win a World Cup on home soil.