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# Ireland Women

Last year
2022
# Rocky Road
Contracts are not a cure-all for Irish women's rugby but this is a start
Irish women’s rugby has been on a rocky road for some time and there remains uncertainty.
# Second five Eighth
'I’m excited to see where she can go to as a second playmaker now'
Skibbereen woman Enya Breen was highly influential for Ireland last time out.
# Analysis
Analysis: Ireland's promising young guns show instinctive skills in Japan
Dannah O’Brien, Méabh Deely, Aoife Dalton, and Natasja Behan all started the big win over Japan.
# b'sloe and steady
'I can go to Beibhinn for advice on and off the pitch, and the same with Aoibheann'
Galway woman Méabh Deely made a brilliant start to her own international 15s career on Saturday.
# Maeve Óg
22-year-old O'Leary learning from 'unbelievable' back rows with Ireland
‘From my own club, Hannah O’Connor and Dorothy Wall are just huge.’
# Fitness
Ireland hope key players Monaghan and Cronin will be fit for Scotland clash
There was a boost for Ireland with Sene Naoupu’s red card being rescinded.
# Contracts
'Professionalism is going to be imminent' but has to be done right way, says Briggs
The Ireland assistant says Irish rugby would need to grow its player pool before splitting 7s and 15s players.
# proud
'There's not too many 7s players that were in a scrum or lineout'
Ireland head coach Greg McWilliams was proud of his players in Leicester.
# well beaten
England power up to maul Ireland with 11-try victory in Six Nations
Greg McWilliams’ side showed grit in the first half but England ran in 11 tries in total.
# W6N
From failing floodlights to a record crowd in Leicester - Doyle sees big progression
The Limerick woman is set to come in on the wing against England on Sunday.
# Home Soil
Breen keen on England test after 'unbelievable' experience in Musgrave Park
The 22-year-old UL Bohs centre could come into the starting XV this weekend.
# Development
Ireland Women set for their first-ever summer tour in Japan
Head coach Greg McWilliams feels the tour will be crucial in developing Ireland’s players.
# on a mission
Parsons back, POM presents, scrum nous, UCC sessions - Ireland bid to rebound
Greg McWilliams’ side are desperate for a win against Italy in Cork this evening.
# smash 'em
'My dad had me out on the back field at home practising tackling with him'
Ireland hooker Neve Jones relishes the physical aspect of the game.
# codes
'There's great clarity... As a player, you’ll do what’s best for the programmes'
Ireland international Eve Higgins is a star for both the 7s and 15s squads.
# Idea
Ireland Women hope to train against men's underage teams in bid to improve
The Irish pack are looking to improve their scrum ahead of Sunday’s clash with Italy.
# pride of offaly
'She's a fantastic person who encapsulates everything Ireland will stand for'
Nichola Fryday has enjoyed an impressive rise from Tullamore RFC to become the new Ireland captain.
# new chapter
'You want to make it entertaining. You want people to enjoy the spectacle'
Ireland Women finally get their new chapter underway this Saturday against Wales.
# Review
The most striking thing about the 30 recommendations to the IRFU is how basic they are
Things aren’t suddenly all rosy but yesterday was a step in the right direction for women’s rugby.
# Review
IRFU to hire head of women's rugby and invest extra €1 million, but no full report
The independent report on Ireland Women’s failure to qualify for the World Cup will not be published in full.
# Qualifier
IRFU finally close to publishing controversial Ireland Women report
The report was initially set to be released in January.
# New gig
'When I was playing, I was ridiculously intense and just wanted to win all the time'
Niamh Briggs is excited and honoured to be back with Ireland as an assistant coach.
# Sevens
'I got texts from people saying their daughters were watching - that's everything'
Lucy Mulhall captained Ireland 7s to their first-ever silver medal on the World Series last weekend.
All time
# u-turn
Player power forces a climbdown from the IRFU but actions matter most
The hard-hitting letter has set the ball rolling with two reviews to be published early next year.
# Player power
Extraordinary letter from players shows that the IRFU needs to start listening
The union’s dismissive response simply underlined the point the players were making.
# response
IRFU expresses disappointment and 'refutes the overall tenor' of women's letter
The union views the letter as “outside interference” during the two ongoing reviews into women’s rugby.
# No Confidence
'Untrustworthy leadership' - Irish players write to government to express loss of faith in IRFU
A group of 62 current and former players have come together to signal their discontent.
# 11/10
Ruthless Ireland round off 2021 on a high with historic 11-0 win over Georgia
Vera Pauw’s side got their World Cup qualification bid back on track in style at Tallaght Stadium.
# Moving On
'It's been a difficult period for everyone involved and no different to myself'
Adam Griggs has one more game left as Ireland Women head coach.
# Slurry
Ireland finally take to the pitch after a week of controversy in women's rugby
The visitors will provide a stern test for Adam Griggs’ side at the RDS.
# Policy
IRFU says it's 'not policy to prevent any player from expressing their opinion'
Meanwhile, Ireland’s men’s team have not discussed the goings-on in women’s rugby.
# Leader
'We were all disappointed. He apologised in case people took offence to his comments'
Ireland captain Ciara Griffin said the entire squad stands with hooker Cliodhna Moloney.
# low point
IRFU must be brutally self-critical as review into World Cup failure begins
The union must work hard to harness the potential of the domestic game in order to better prepare players.
# Try Machine
'Her influence goes beyond just being physically phenomenal'
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe has been a star in 7s and is now shining for Ireland 15s.
# continuity
Ireland unchanged for pivotal World Cup Qualifier against Scotland
There is one alteration to the bench as Lucy Mulhall comes in for the injured Enya Breen.
# Midfield
Criminology student Higgins solving the challenges of playing 13
The 22-year-old impressed for Ireland against Italy last weekend.
# 10
Stacey Flood settling into key out-half role with Ireland Women
The 25-year-old has shown her quality over the course of five caps so far.
# IQ
Meath's Monaghan eager for another shot after Ireland debut
The second row started playing rugby in Brighton.
# standards
'We need to be treated better so we can play better'
Two Ireland internationals have expressed their disappointment about Connacht’s changing facilities.
# Bouncing Back
'This is not lost' - Ireland captain Griffin rallies for huge Italy clash
After defeat to Spain, Ireland face a crucial meeting with the hosts on Sunday.