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In pics: Ireland's heartbreaking defeat against England in WRWC semi-final

The dream of seeing Philip Doyle bow out after a World Cup final was dashed in emphatic style by England.

HAVING REACHED THE World Cup semi-finals for the first time, Ireland Women were ultimately undone by traditional tournament heavyweights, England.

Despite Ireland’s strong start yielding a try through Tania Rosser, England’s Chariot rolls on into the final for the sixth time in seven tournaments.

Here’s how it looked.

Last-minute prep

The Ireland players in the dressing room before the game


Nora Stapleton gets ready to guide the team

Nora Stapleton in the dressing room before the game

Lynne Cantwell and Ashleigh Baxter share a joke before they’re booted

Lynne Cantwell and Ashleigh Baxter in the dressing room before the game

Shoulder to shoulder

The two teams stand for the National Anthems

Claire Molloy and Paula Fitzpatrick tackle Jo McGilchrist

Claire Molloy and Paula Fitzpatrick tackle Jo McGilchrist

England's Danielle Waterman gets a tackle on Alison Miller

Alison Miller tackled by Danielle Waterman

Ireland get off to a flyer as this maul brings the opening try

Ireland drive over for the opening try

England soon began to show their pedigree, this Katherine Merchant try made the score 15 - 7

Emily Scarratt celebrates her try with Danielle Waterman

Ireland's powerhouse Sophie Spence was well-marshalled

Sophie Spence tackled

And there were precious few gaps for Lynne Cantwell to raid

Lynne Cantwell tackled by Victoria Fleetwood

Joe calls home to break the news

Joe Schmidt watches from the stands

Maggie 'The Machine' Alphonsi gets ready to attack the breakdown after Briggs is tackled

Niamh Briggs tackled by Alex Matthews and Margret Alphons

Bruised and battered, Lynne Cantwell can only watch from                               the bench as England rack up more scores

Lynne Cantwell dejected in the final minutes

A dejected Niamh Briggs reacts at the full-time whistle

Niamh Briggs at the final whistle

Sisters in arms: Grace Davitt and Jenny Murphy console each                                                    other after the game

Grace Davitt and Jenny Murphy leave the field after the game

Try-scorer Tania Rosser is inconsolable at full-time

A dejected Tania Rosser

Davitt, Cantwell and Ashleigh Baxter, together standing tall

Grace Davitt, Lynne Cantwell and Ashleigh Baxter in the Ireland team huddle after the game

All images ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

As it happened: Ireland v England, Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final

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