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Thrills, spills and heartache: 21 pictures that sum up the women's rugby year

It’s been an up and down 12 months.

Thrills, spills and heartache: 21 pictures that sum up the women's rugby year
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  • Ireland's Elise O'Byrne White hands off Kerin Lake of Wales as Ireland began their Six Nations campaign with a win.

    Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO
  • Sene Naoupu scores a try despite Adi Taviner's efforts.

    Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO
  • Ireland's Mairead Coyne is well covered by the France defence in an 18-6 defeat.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • Marie Louise Reilly wins a line out.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • Emma Croker scores a try as England run out 13-9 winners.

    Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO
  • Niamh Briggs is tackled against England.

    Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO
  • Larissa Muldoon calls for support as Ireland got their Six Nations campaign back on track against Italy.

    Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO
  • Kim Flood takes a selfie with fans after the victory.

    Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO
  • Ciara Griffin scores Ireland's third try against Scotland as Tom Tierney's side ended their campaign on a high.

    Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO
  • Mary Healy celebrates with fans.

    Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO
  • Fiona Coghlan, far left, and Ireland captain Niamh Briggs help to launch the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup.

    Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • Galwegians players celebrate their win in the Women's All-Ireland Cup final against Cooke RFC.

    Source: Gary Carr/INPHO
  • Ireland's sevens team celebrate making the world series.

    Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO
  • Niamh Briggs, Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapleton mark a year to the start of RWC 2017.

    Source: Darren Kidd/INPHO
  • The Women's Rugby World Cup trophy in all its glory.

    Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • Ireland were drawn to face both France and Australia in Pool cC

    Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • Dejected Ireland players after defeat to England last month.

    Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO
  • Canada applaud the Ireland team at the end of another defeat.

    Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO
  • New Zealand perform the Haka ahead of their match against Ireland.

    Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • A general view of the game between Ireland and New Zealand.

    Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • Mary Healy is held off by Aotearoa Mata'u as Ireland fall to a 38-8 defeat.

    Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

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