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Last year
# Best of the best
England and New Zealand set up Women's Rugby World Cup final showdown
They overcame Canada and France in their respective thrilling semi-final wins.
All time
# schedule
New Zealand face Australia in 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup opener, as Ireland sit tight
Adam Griggs’ side are yet to qualify amidst uncertainty due to the pandemic.
# Drawing Board
The Rugby Show: Reflecting on a hard-fought, but disappointing World Cup for Ireland
Lynne Cantwell joined us to trace out the next steps for this team and women’s rugby in Ireland.
Ireland v Australia, Women's Rugby World Cup 2017
Tom Tierney’s side faced Australia at Kingspan Stadium for a shot at the fifth-place play-off.
Ireland prop ruled out for the rest of the Rugby World Cup
Ruth O’Reilly has suffered a back injury.
# Reaction
Heartbroken Ireland vow to 'go again' despite disappointing change of plan
Tom Tierney’s side face Australia in the play-offs, following a defeat to France in the Pool C decider tonight.
# enforcer
'France are in our way': Jenny Murphy relishing the big stage of a vital World Cup test
The hardest hitter in Ireland’s arsenal is determined to make the free-flowing French stop and think.
# Late Late Show
Job done for England but late USA onslaught puts them in pole position for fourth semi spot
The game finished 47-26 at Billings Park, with all eyes on this evening’s Pool C decider between Ireland and France.
# Blackout
New Zealand steam-roll Canada to complete perfect run to World Cup semis
An eight-try rout has left 2014 runners-up Canada out of the running for a semi-final berth.
# forte
Ireland bidding to stop French fluency at source with pack physicality
Tom Tierney’s team selection paves the way for a serious battle in UCD tomorrow evening.
# insight
The Rugby Show: Lynne Cantwell dissects Ireland's win over Japan and looks ahead to French test
The former Irish centre joined Gavan Casey to assess the performances ahead of tomorrow’s crucial game.
# hard edge
'Fire in the bellies, ice in the brain': Griffin ready to lead the charge again for Ireland
The Kerry blindside has been a silver lining through victories with ample grey areas.
# poppin'
'You'd think they were in Vegas!': Slick passing and clean offloads all over the top 5 tries from yesterday's WRWC action
There is pace and power all over the tournament, but the subtle touches are to be celebrated.
# Fanzone
French bells toll for Ireland as the rugby family make themselves at home in UCD
At a tournament as intimate as this, you’re never far from the flesh and blood of one of the star attractions.
# Opinion
Fitzpatrick helps Ireland flick the switch and more talking points after problematic win over Japan
That was too close for comfort.
# more to come
England didn't need to be at their best to run in 10 tries against Italy
The Azzurri were able to knock the champions a little off their stride and scored a terrific try of their own in the first half.
# no mercy
Wonderful Woodman lands eight tries as New Zealand smash triple figures in Hong Kong demolition
The game finished 121-0 as the four-time champions march on, truly enjoying their World Cup experience.
# wrwc 2017
'We're trying to embrace the expectation and pressure, but it caught us'
A home World Cup isn’t always an advantage.
# Up and Running
Wilson crosses four times as powerful England lay down an early marker
The defending champions scored 10 tries as they eased past Spain in the tournament opener at UCD.
# wrwc 2017
Set-piece, structure and incessant work-rate critical for Ireland in home World Cup opener
The Wallaroos will carry a direct threat and no little pedigree into UCD tonight, but all Irish cylinders are primed to fire.
# Redemption
'We're hissing to get out there and have a crack': Black Ferns ready to end 2014 hurt
Eloise Blackwell and her side are using that losing dressing room feeling to their advantage this time out.
# Opinion
Leading the charge for women in sport: How important this World Cup is
Sinead Finnegan, who plays for Dublin and works for Teneo PSG, shares her thoughts on the eve of the WRWC.
# wrwc 2017
Talking over as Ireland Women prepare to take hold of jersey and Australia
This week has been anything but normal for Claire Molloy, but she knows the drill from here on.
# wrwc 2017
Quiz: Name the sport/team this player represented before turning to rugby
They’re taking to the biggest stage in rugby on Wednesday, but what other sports have they played and sides have they represented?
# belief
'No one thought we would beat New Zealand three years ago - anything can happen'
Former Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan is well-placed to share her expertise ahead of WRWC 2017.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Will you watch the Women's Rugby World Cup?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# growing the game
How one Irish woman helped turn rugby into a sport for both sexes
Under Su Carty’s watch, women went from comprising 4% of the world’s rugby playing population to 25%
# Steedy as she goes
How a lack of English camogie clubs led Fiona Steed to play in 3 Rugby World Cups
The 62-times capped Ireland international chats to The42 about her rugby career.
# History in the making
Calm, cool, ruthless, ballistic: 3 years on from Ireland's momentous win over the Black Ferns
How Ireland Women shocked everyone but themselves to beat New Zealand 14 – 17 and end their run of four straight World Cup titles.
# bolter
'She was so far ahead. She had the cheeky chappy attitude of a scrum-half, and the skills to back it up'
Former Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan recalls coaching Nicole Cronin – one of Ireland’s uncapped WRWC players – when she was 12.
# long and short
7 into 15s will go: High performance plan behind Ireland Women can bear its fruit at World Cup
Director of women’s rugby Anthony Eddy has taken flak for bringing players out of the 15-a-side scene, but he has consistently stuck by his decision.
# Tick tock
Sophie Spence eagerly, nervelessly embracing countdown to World Cup
Bring it.
# Leader
With Briggs injury setback, Ireland turn to Molloy as Women's Rugby World Cup captain
The 29-year-old will replace Niamh Briggs who was forced to pull out of the tournament last week.
# ko uhia mai
'They’re the wonder women of our culture': The haka and the second wind it gives the Black Ferns
Versatile New Zealand forward Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate explains the significance of the Kiwi cultural challenge.
# Road To Recovery
Injured Ireland skipper Briggs vows to return for Six Nations
The goal-kicking fullback suffered an ankle injury in training over the weekend.
# wrwc 2017
Briggs injury increases onus on playmakers and robs Ireland of priceless weapon
Captain, leader, goalkicker, playmaker: There’s no understating the blow Briggs’ injury is to Ireland.
5 players to a room and buying their own tracksuits: Ireland's first World Cup experience
We spoke to Fiona Steed and Su Carty about Ireland’s first foray onto the world stage.
# Physicality
More camps, variation and the 200 kilo club: Prepping Ireland for the Women's Rugby World Cup
Strength and conditioning coach Ed Slattery is keeping an eye on the ever-changing fitness programmes for Tom Tierney’s squad.
# all day every day
'There's a limited amount of time you can do this for, so we put in the effort'
Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton is putting in the hours to ensure rugby flourishes at root and branch in this country.
# Explainer
Two weeks to go: A quick guide to how the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland will work
All you’ll need to get you through day one in UCD.