# Ireland Women

Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Womens Six Nations
Molly Scuffil-McCabe happy to put vet career on long finger for shot at pro rugby
The 25-year-old was working full-time during last year’s Six Nations but is now contracted with the IRFU.
# Womens Six Nations
'There’s definitely huge potential, you just want them to go and fulfil that'
Niamh Briggs and Maeve Óg O’Leary look ahead to a new Six Nations campaign.
Last month
February 2023
# survivor
'I could have gone on a downward spiral. Sport saved my life'
Ireland international Brittany Hogan opens up about childhood trauma, and her pride in representing Ireland.
Last year
# Player of the Year
Jones: Women's players facing 'tough decisions' around IRFU contract offers
Ireland hooker Neve Jones was last night named Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland women’s player of the year.
# moving on up
Ireland climb to new high in latest Fifa women's world rankings
Vera Pauw’s squad have moved up two places to 24th position, and will be in pot three for the World Cup draw later this month.
# Round Two
'Once is luck, but twice is affirmation' - Ireland determined to secure series win in Japan
Edel McMahon explains why Ireland are keen to back up last weekend’s big win in Shizuoka.
# feeling good
'We're playing with a bit of confidence and ambition that we haven't had much of before'
Ireland centre Enya Breen played a starring role in the 57-22 defeat of Japan last Saturday.
# making an impact
Former Fiji coach McKee sees bright future for Ireland's young stars
The New Zealander is open to working with the squad beyond his current role on the two-Test tour of Japan.
# we go again
'To be really successful now, we need to make a mark in the second Test as well'
Ireland coach John McKee has called on the squad to back up Saturday’s impressive win against Japan.
# Profile
Multi-talented Galvin has squeezed in a whole other sporting life since Kerry's last All-Ireland appearance
The multi-talented star was part of the last Kerry squad to reach an All-Ireland final in 2012.
# Challenge
Ireland look to end difficult Six Nations campaign on a positive note
The final round of the Women’s Six Nations sees Greg McWilliams’ side host Scotland in Belfast today.
# 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.
# Work to do
McWilliams' Ireland are a long-term project, but need short-term fixes to stay competitive
Captain Nichola Fryday addressed some of the issues in Ireland’s game after their 40-5 defeat in France on Saturday.
# 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.
# battered and bleu
Ireland fall to 35-point defeat against classy French side on difficult day in Toulouse
Ireland will be frustrated with an error-ridden performance at the Stade Ernest-Wallon as they suffered their second defeat of the Women’s Six Nations.
# back at it
'I wanted to see a green jersey again because I didn’t want it to be the way it finished'
Nicole Cronin has come out the other side of a two-year international exodus to emerge as Ireland’s new out-half.
# up against it
Ireland look to mix skills with smarts as they brace for major test in France
Greg McWilliams’ side take on an impressive French team in Toulouse today.
# 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.
# Same Again
McWilliams names unchanged matchday 23 as Ireland gear up for French test
Star winger Beibhinn Parsons is once again named on the bench.
# 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.
All time
# End of the road
'It has certainly had its challenges, I’ll be honest' - Griggs bows out as Ireland head coach
Adam Griggs took charge of the Ireland’s women’s team for the final time on Saturday.
# Bowing out
'It was just thinking of everything, what this jersey means' - Griffin
Ciara Griffin made sure her final apperance for Ireland was a memorable one.
# Junior
Griffin signs off in style as Ireland come from behind to beat Japan
The Ireland captain scored two tries on her last international apperance.
# End of an era
New faces can impress against Japan as Griffin and Griggs prepare to bow out
Ireland can make it two wins from two after a difficult couple of weeks off the pitch.
# making the cut
From competing against Leona Maguire to winning a first Test start for Ireland
Hannah O’Connor has taken an interesting path to international rugby.
# Leader
'We’re losing a great friend and a great leader' - Ireland look to send Griffin out on a high
Captain Ciara Griffin is set to play her last Test game for Ireland this weekend.
# Forward Thinking
'We're stronger and better than that' - Ireland determined to put Parma heartbreak behind them
Adam Griggs’ team are back in action with a home game against the USA on Friday.
# speaking up
'I’ll support Cliodhna, she’s my teammate' - Eddy's comments leave Ireland squad in difficult position
Ireland players Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe and Nichola Fryday were asked about Anthony Eddy’s recent interview during a team media event today.
# New Face
'It feels like I'm finally home' - Lucy Quinn loving life in the Ireland squad
The Birmingham City striker made her international debut last month.
# 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.
# point to prove
'No tickets have been punched for that plane yet, so everything is to play for'
After Ireland’s shock defeat to Spain, captain Ciara Griffin says the squad are determined to give a better account of themselves against Italy.
# Boost
Aoife Colvill and Ellen Molloy join Ireland squad for Iceland double-header
Vera Pauw’s squad play the first of two games against Iceland on Friday.
# back in the mix
Ireland manager Pauw recalls Grant and McLaughlin in 23-player squad for Iceland double-header
Shelbourne’s Saoirse Noonan is also included in a full squad for the first time.
# Double-header
FAI confirm two friendlies against Iceland for Vera Pauw's Ireland
The games will act as the final preparation window ahead of the World Cup qualifiers later this year.
# Role Models
'It’s amazing how extremely different they are' - Higgins getting to grips with switch from 7s to 15s rugby
The Ireland centre made her Six Nations debut earlier this month.
# 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.
# 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.
# Change of Plans
Ireland's Six Nations game against Italy switched to Dublin to avoid quarantine restrictions
Third/fourth-place playoff will now take place in Donnybrook on Saturday.
# Team news
Ireland unchanged for France with highly-rated Murphy Crowe in line for debut
Adam Griggs has kept faith with the same starting XV which beat Wales 45-0.