# ireland womens rugby

Last year
# What a start
Ireland scorch hosts Japan in sensational nine-try display
A hat-trick by Neve Jones off the rolling maul, and some stunning backline scores, were illustrations of a complete performance by the tourists.
# Sign Them Up
IRFU announce first professional contracts for women's 15s players
Gillian McDarby has also been appointed as the IRFU’s first Head of Women’s Performance and Pathways.
# new faces
Former England pair Clara Nielson and Jo Brown named in Ireland squad for Japan tour
Head coach Greg McWilliams has named eight uncapped players for next months’ two-Test series.
# leading lights
Nominees revealed for 2022 Rugby Players Ireland Awards
The awards will take place on 18 May in Dublin.
# 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.
# Give It Briggsy
Niamh Briggs appointed Ireland women’s assistant coach ahead of Six Nations
The former Ireland captain is a huge addition to the squad’s coaching unit.
All time
# 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.
# Reaction
'Not good enough' - Ex-Ireland international asks why dressing rooms were closed for interpros
Alison Miller was speaking after footage emerged of poor changing facilities for players.
# Aiming high
Considine: World Cup qualification crucial to help grow women's rugby
The Munster fullback is part of Adam Griggs’ Irish squad at the Rugby Europe qualifying tournament which gets underway in Parma this coming Monday.
# 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.
# 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.
# Clearing Up
'I probably wasn't as clear as I could have been' - Griggs clarifies domestic rugby comments
The Ireland head coach previously said he didn’t know who was in charge of the women’s club game.
# Brian O'Driscoll
'She has this rawness to her... Imagine where she could get to in even four or five years'
Brian O’Driscoll reflects on Ireland’s performance against Wales and looks ahead to the challenge that France will pose.
# put a ring on it
'No better feeling for Hannah to win Player of the Match when she was supposed to get married'
Adam Griggs pays tribute to the Ireland out-half who impressed against Wales after her nuptials were postponed.
# Ireland Women
'We have to get the ball into their hands' - Griggs wants his Ireland team to entertain
The head coach is hoping his squad can reap the benefits of all their time together on the training pitch.
# Kick off
How this year's new-look Women's Six Nations tournament will work
All you need to know ahead of the 2021 Women’s Six Nations.
# be kind
'Women's rugby is a place where you can be anything you want to be'
Ireland flanker Anna Caplice believes people are finally starting to see the women’s game for what it is.
# belief
Ireland aim to complete Italian job and get third home win of the season
Adam Griggs’ side are on a revenge mission after losing 29-27 to Italy last year.
# squad announcement
Doyle back in the mix as Ireland Women's squad named for 2020 Six Nations
Doyle won her last cap for the Ireland Women’s team in 2015.
# dubai 7s
Extra-time defeat to England sees Ireland Women finish 10th at Dubai 7s
Two tries from Hannah Tyrrell and a late Louise Galvin try wasn’t enough for Stan McDowell’s side.
# Selection
Six uncapped players included in Ireland squad for Test match against Wales
The sides will meet at the UCD Bowl on Sunday afternoon.
# Great Dane
Kathryn Dane handed first Ireland start for Saturday's clash with Italy
Adam Griggs has made one change to his side for the meeting with the Italians in Parma.
# Support
'He’s a fantastic coach. He’d be a great addition to have if he was to stay on'
Ireland head coach Adam Griggs is coming to the end of his contract and his position will be reviewed after the Six Nations.
# Rest
Ireland name trimmed down squad for Six Nations warm up with Wales
New head coach Adam Griggs has given 13 players a weekend off.
# Interview
'I didn't take it as a malicious attack on my sexuality:' Lindsay Peat on overcoming sledging
The Ireland prop speaks to The42 about her experience.
# Fiona Coghlan
Professionalism, attendance and equality: Should Ireland take a leaf out of France's book?
‘Over there, It’s not seen that it’s women playing – it’s just rugby.’
# Always Ready
The rugby world is always changing and Ireland's Anna Caplice is always ready
The Munster player earned her first cap with the Ireland 15′s this year.
# Optimism
Ireland Women feeling 'quietly confident' ahead of final Test match against New Zealand
Ireland are hoping to go out of the November Series on a high.
# positives
Changes in Ireland team were a 'risk' but Tierney applauds character of the players
Ireland women’s rugby team have more lessons to take from their second November Test.
# Learning from defeat
'To play in front of a crowd like that is unbelievable' - Caughey reflects on Six Nations loss
The Ireland outhalf says last night’s result against France was a difficult one to take.
# Disappointment
Women's Sevens to face France in last eight after controversial English defeat
Ireland weren’t happy with the nature of their defeat.
# Evolution
How to change minds and influence people: Irish athletes who altered public perceptions in 2014
Don’t I know you?
# Shoulda Woulda Coulda
Sheasy's heroics, beating New Zealand & a legend's final act - I wish I was there in 2014
Our writers on the sporting events they would have loved to witness this year.
Brilliant cross-field kick leads top 5 tries from opening round of Women's Rugby World Cup
Marion Lievre’s effort against Wales topped the pile.
# Women's Six Nations
Katie Taylor met the Irish women's rugby team and presented them with their jerseys
Olympic champion says it was “an honour… and a privilege” to meet the Grand Slam winners.
# Grand Slam
Snapshot: Rugby heroines return home with trophy
Mammies, babies and even an IRFU president were photo-bombing at the airport today.