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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Women's Six Nations

Last year
2022
# W6N
Ireland to begin 2023 Women's Six Nations campaign away to Wales
The fixture details have been released today.
# reflections on an ending
Mixed emotions for McWilliams as Ireland's Six Nations campaign ends with dramatic Scotland win
Ireland avoided the wooden spoon with a last-gasp victory over Scotland.
# starting XV
Monaghan returns and debut for Irwin at fullback as Ireland's team to face Scotland is named
Greg McWilliams’ side end this year’s campaign at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday night.
# 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.’
# Debut
'I’d say it’ll hit me in a few more weeks how amazing it was'
Ireland fullback Molly Scuffil-McCabe first took up the game at the encouragement of an Irish rugby legend.
# Condolences
'The squad's condolences are with Kate Moran's family this week'
Ireland Women captain Nichola Fryday said the young camogie player’s death was a tragedy.
# 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.
# The Underdogs
'It is going to be, for a lot of these players, the toughest opposition they’ve played against'
Greg McWilliams insists his charges are in an upbeat mood ahead of their Six Nations showdown with England.
# starting XV
Naoupu and Considine make returns for Ireland's Six Nations clash with England
There is also a debut for Molly Scuffil-McCabe at fullback.
# 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.
# pinpoint accuracy
'There's nobody better than her to pass the ball in Ireland. It's the best I've ever seen'
Ireland inside centre Stacey Flood has been praised by her international team-mate Eimear Considine after Sunday’s win over Italy.
# Recommended listening
Listen to the new episode of The Front Row with comedian Killian Sundermann
The online funnyman joined our regular panel for the final podcast of the series, in partnership with Guinness.
# STANDOUT
'Sammy Bill' Monaghan goes from strength to strength in Ireland's second row
The Wasps lock has impressed in this Six Nations.
# Reunited
'My little sister flew home from Canada to surprise me. That was really special'
Nichola Fryday captained Ireland to a win for the first time in Cork yesterday.
# 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.
# Outclassed
'As good as they were, we didn't really show up and that's the frustrating part'
Winger Lucy Mulhall was deeply disappointed with Ireland’s performance in defeat to France on Saturday.
# Work to do
McWilliams accepts Ireland have 'got to get better' ahead of crucial Italy clash
Next Sunday’s game at Musgrave Park looks like Ireland’s best chance of picking up a win in the Women’s Six Nations.
# tough day
'There is more to come from this Irish side, I just hope people out there stay patient'
Ireland head coach Greg McWilliams admitted his team have plenty of work to do after suffering a 35-point defeat in France.
# Fighting Talk
'We want to be respected. It’s not about being liked' - McWilliams wants to see Ireland 'fight' in France
Ireland are anticipating a difficult encounter when they face Les Bleus in Toulouse on Saturday.
# tight call
'I know the Irish people want to see her play, and you will this weekend'
Greg McWilliams has explained his decision to name Beibhinn Parsons on the bench again for Saturday’s Six Nations meeting with France.
# picking the lock
Edel McMahon: Wasps team-mate Monaghan throws outrageous offloads 'most nights of the week'
‘We’re going to relish the challenge to play against a top-three team in the world,’ the back row says of this weekend’s trip to France.
# team player
Amée-Leigh Murphy Crowe: Blessington 'chats', backing your gut, and Beibhinn Parsons' speed
‘I’m afraid of heights and people might not have known that about me — and I was abseiling down this massive wall and people were just so encouraging!’
# A new dawn
'A mother handed a child to Beibhinn Parsons and said 'here, I named her after you''
Despite Saturday’s Women’s Six Nations defeat to Wales, there is a real sense of optimism around the Ireland team according to two of its players.
# roommates
Listen to the new episode of The Front Row
On this week’s episode, in partnership with Guinness, Ireland’s Eimear Considine makes a welcome return – and she’s joined by her international team-mate Hannah O’Connor.
# Women's Six Nations
Marlie Packer hat-trick helps England to blow Scotland away in Edinburgh
Emily Scarrett returned to the international scene with five conversions in a 58-minute display.
# 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.
# Leader
Nichola Fryday named as new Ireland captain ahead of Six Nations
Greg McWilliams’ squad are preparing for their Six Nations opener against Wales this Saturday.
# Addition
Stacey Flood hails elevation of Niamh Briggs to Irish role
Briggs has been added to Greg McWilliams’ international coaching ticket ahead of the forthcoming Women’s Six Nations campaign.
All time
# fixture calendar
Ireland to play 2022 Women's Six Nations matches in Dublin, Cork and Belfast
The new six-week window in late March and April means the tournament will no longer be linked to the men’s calendar.
# public vote
England star named Women's Six Nations Player of the Championship
28-year-old Poppy Cleall put in a number of commanding performances for the triumphant Red Roses.
# balance
'Your losses can be definitive, but I don't let them define how I think about myself'
Flanker Dorothy Wall discusses Ireland’s Six Nations campaign and the influence of her family.
# reflection
Star full-back suffers broken nose after 'kick to the face' as Ireland draw positives from Italy win
Eimear Considine went off for a HIA in the final moments of the game.
# Champions
England claim third successive Six Nations title by edging past France
Poppy Cleall’s try on the stroke of half-time put England in the box seat.
# Women's Six Nations
Four-try Ireland secure third place in Six Nations and lay down World Cup qualifier marker
Dorothy Wall, Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe and Cliodhna Moloney all crossed over for Ireland.
# Preview
Unwanted spotlight on women's rugby during window of opportunity for Ireland
Energia Park will host Ireland’s final game of the Six Nations.
# Ready to Rock
Ireland 'chomping at the bit' to finish on a high after France disappointment
Adam Griggs’ side will face Italy in a third/fourth place playoff on Saturday afternoon.
# Trailblazers
'I just burst into tears': Remembering the Ireland team that won the Grand Slam and toppled New Zealand
In the final part of our ‘Trailblazers’ series, we relive a historic 18 months for the national women’s side with players who were there.
# azzurre
Experienced Italians will feel they can pip Ireland in ongoing battle to be best of the rest
There has been little to pick between the two teams in recent years.
# Selection Call
'She's got things she can still work on' - Griggs on omission of former Ireland captain for Italy clash
Claire Molloy has been left out of the matchday 23 for their final Six Nations clash.