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# Women's Rugby

Last month
January 2023
Inter-pros launch a momentous year for Irish women's rugby
With the Celtic Cup, Six Nations, and WXV all ahead, 2023 will be busy.
Last year
# Women's Rugby
IRFU's report proposes women's AIL restructure as extra €1 million funding announced
The IRFU has revealed its Women In Rugby Report, which outlines several proposals to improve structures.
# Decider
'It would be great to see club rugby at the heart of what will happen'
Railway Union and Blackrock will meet in the Women’s AIL final on Friday.
# grand ambition
'In school, I remember writing down 'Olympian'... It's the pinnacle'
20-year-old Beibhinn Parsons is focusing on 7s rugby ahead of a big season on the Series.
# deals
29 Irish women's players take up contract offers worth €15k to €30k
The IRFU has also confirmed the launch of a new women’s Celtic Cup competition.
Women's AIL reduced to 9 teams just 2 days out from start of season
Malone RFC have pulled out at the last minute.
# Future
Contracts, Celtic Cup, the club game - women's rugby still in flux
The women’s game in Ireland remains in need of greater alignment.
# decision
IRFU bans transgender women from contact female rugby
The association have argued that its decision to limit involvement to players recorded as female at birth is ‘based on medical and scientific evidence’.
# going east
Ireland women to visit Japan for two-Test invitational tour this August
World Rugby have invited Ireland to assist Japan with their preparations for October’s World Cup.
# Controversy
Ballincollig RFC 'shocked and disappointed' as women senior status vote doesn't go ahead
A motion at the Munster Branch AGM was withdrawn to allow for ‘further consultation with stakeholders’, according to Munster Rugby.
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.
# reviews
Reports into women's rugby will not be publicly published, confirms IRFU CEO
Philip Browne believes the club game needs serious attention.
# 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.
# girls in green
O'Leary in line for debut as Ireland side is named for inaugural RDS outing
Adam Griggs has unveiled his matchday 23 for Friday night’s Test against the USA in Ballsbridge.
# Pressure
Worry and anger build in Irish women's rugby after IRFU briefing
Director of women’s rugby Anthony Eddy’s words have been met with a negative reaction.
# director
'There's no overnight fix for this. We've got to make the game attractive'
IRFU director of women’s and 7s rugby Anthony Eddy spoke to the media yesterday.
# substandard
IRFU release findings of investigation into 'unacceptable' facilities at women's interpros
Irish rugby’s governing body also announced an independent review into the Ireland women’s failed 2021 Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign.
# women's AIL wrap
Ireland captain enjoys try-scoring return in UL Bohs' barnstorming win over title rivals
Ciara Griffin was sprung from the bench as the Limerick side ran out 46-17 winners over Old Belvedere.
# Foundation
'We have a perfect storm... The game is changing and we need to change with it'
As Irish women’s rugby rebuilds, the AIL and inter-pros will play a key role.
# balance
'The attitude is the problem for us' - Cork club mounts case for issues in women's rugby
Patrick O’Connor of the Bantry Bay RFC speaks to The42 about the current state of the game.
# 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.
# Under Pressure
Ireland keep the faith as squad look to put Spain horror show behind them
Ireland take on Italy at 2pm in Parma today in a World Cup Qualifier fixture.
# concerns
A miserable couple of days for Irish women's rugby off and on the pitch
Ireland must recover after defeat to Spain at the 2021 World Cup Qualifier tournament.
# Saturday Night Lights
Munster claim first interpro title in three years with victory over Leinster
Earlier in Donnybrook, Connacht and Ulster played out a 12-12 draw.
# Tune in
Boost for Irish women's rugby as interpros to be televised for the first time
TG4 will broadcast all six games.
# grow the game
Development of Irish women's rugby is a 'long-term project,' says Nucifora
Ireland finished third in the Six Nations this year but suffered a heavy defeat to France.
# Calling Time
Ireland pair Tyrrell and Fitzhenry announce retirements from international rugby
Both players were members of the 2015 Six Nations-winning squad.
# Trailblazers
'It was a lot of hard graft’: The groundbreakers who paved the way for Irish women's rugby
In the first part of our new series, Trailblazers, we hear about their humble beginnings, merging with the IRFU and the journey still ahead.
# Ireland Women
'We have to get the ball into their hands' - Griggs wants his Ireland team to entertain
The head coach is hoping his squad can reap the benefits of all their time together on the training pitch.
# red roses
England and France overpower opposition on Six Nations opening day
Jess Breach scored the pick England’s eight tries against Scotland,while Caroline Boujard ran in a hat-trick for France against Wales.
# The Big Kick-Off
Women's Six Nations: 10 players to watch as the tournament kicks off at last
We look at some of the most exciting players ready to take the stage in this year’s tournament.
# grow the game
A momentous but challenging few years lie ahead for the game
The Six Nations is back this weekend, the World Cup comes next year, then WXV launches in 2023.
# Interview
'One of the hardest things is loneliness for patients. We're used to seeing a relative hold their hand'
Claire Molloy speaks to The42 about working as a doctor during the Covid-19 pandemic and the prospect of a women’s Lions team.
# Global
WXV, the new three-tier global women's rugby competition to launch in 2023
World Rugby has confirmed the format of an annual 16-team competition.
Women's Rugby World Cup officially postponed to 2022
The decision was made because of the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
# boks office
Former Ireland international Lynne Cantwell takes new role with South Africa Rugby
Cantwell will become SA Rugby’s first High Performance Manager for Women’s Rugby.
# Women's Rugby
Strong club structure essential for Ireland to make next step up, says Considine
Eimear Considine will wait well over a year between competitive matches for Ireland.
# 6 Nations
Dane immersed in rugby and ready for another tough Test run
The Ireland scrum-half hit the ground running despite an eight-month gap between competitive fixtures.
# Switch
France agree to play Women's Six Nations against Ireland in Dublin instead of Lille
Ireland’s final game of the competition was due to take place in Stadium Lille Métropole on Saturday.
# ballinasloe baller
Beibhinn Parsons organising her next steps after 'rollercoaster' year of Leaving Cert stress
The 18-year-old was due to skip the second half of the Six Nations, but its postponement means she is back in Ireland’s ranks.