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#Sophie Spence

# sophie-spence - Tuesday 2 July, 2019

Spence finds green pastures in coaching after sour end to international career

Having thrived in the engine room with Ireland, Spence is coaching with Penclawdd men’s team in Wales.

# sophie-spence - Friday 3 May, 2019

Former Irish Grand Slam winner lands coaching role with newly-promoted Welsh outfit

Sophie Spence has been appointed the forwards coach with Penclawdd RFC.

# sophie-spence - Thursday 7 June, 2018

'A massive opportunity missed' - IRFU turn down offer of women's Test series in Australia

Former Ireland international Sophie Spence has spoken out on the decision.

# sophie-spence - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

'You don't expect that call. I just said 'thank you' as it's very difficult to process it on the phone'

A month has passed since Sophie Spence’s international retirement was fast-tracked by a phone call from new Ireland head coach Adam Griggs. She has regrets over the way it ended, but is now looking to move on and focus on the next chapter.

# sophie-spence - Friday 22 December, 2017

Sophie Spence announces retirement from international rugby after omission from Six Nations squad

‘I had hoped to finish my career after playing in one last Six Nations, but it is not to be.’

9 uncapped players as Ireland Women build up to Six Nations without Spence and Murphy

New head coach Adam Griggs has plenty of experienced talents in his 38-strong squad.

# sophie-spence - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Improvements and another deep dig, but nowhere near enough to cope with ferocious French

Ireland ended the match, and their World Cup chase, lamented another opening half in which they were second best.

Ireland miss out on World Cup semis as France overpower hosts in UCD

Tom Tierney’s side were 21 points down at the break, and had to wait until the last play of the game to register their first score.

# sophie-spence - Wednesday 2 August, 2017

# sophie-spence - Sunday 30 April, 2017

'I left my job and my home. I dropped everything to move over here but it's a risk that has paid off'

Ireland second row Sophie Spence talks to The42 about her late introduction to rugby, decision to move over to Dublin and inspiring the next generation.

# sophie-spence - Monday 6 February, 2017

Ireland lead the Six Nations after their great escape in Scotland

Jenny Murphy’s return was among the positives in a poor performance from Tom Tierney’s side.

# sophie-spence - Tuesday 20 September, 2016

'We're training to be world champions' - Ireland lock Spence

The Old Belvedere clubwoman would love the opportunity to turn professional.

# sophie-spence - Tuesday 22 March, 2016

'People coming up to you in the street is nice reward for all the hard work'

Sophie Spence is enjoying the limelight but remains focused on bringing women’s rugby to a new level.

# sophie-spence - Thursday 31 December, 2015

The future's bright: 7 Irish sports stars who made 2015 their own

It was a very special year for these athletes.

# sophie-spence - Saturday 19 December, 2015

Who do you want to win RTÉ Sports Person of the Year? They're All Winners... This post contains a poll

Who do you want to win RTÉ Sports Person of the Year?

Should McIlroy retain his crown….have your say?

# sophie-spence - Friday 9 October, 2015

'It's a huge thing for us and women's rugby' Spence hoping for more women's tests

The World Player of the Year nominee says Donnybrook move is huge for the game.

# sophie-spence - Tuesday 11 August, 2015

Paul O'Connell picked up another award for the mantelpiece this evening

O’Connell and Sophie Spence were honoured by the Rugby Writers of Ireland.

# sophie-spence - Saturday 21 March, 2015

Every moment is really special and every bit of playing time is precious

With Ireland on the brink of another championship Sophie Spence is relishing every minute.

# sophie-spence - Monday 10 November, 2014

Imperious Old Belvedere put Railway to the sword - Women’s AIL Division 1A round-up

Led by Nora Stapleton, Old Belvedere handed promoted Railway an emphatic first defeat.

# sophie-spence - Monday 4 August, 2014

Spence in a good place as Ireland prepare for Kiwi test at World Cup

The 27-year-old lock explains how she became part of a hugely professional set up.

# sophie-spence - Sunday 3 August, 2014

Ireland Women hit the gym as they prepare for New Zealand clash

Strength and conditioning coach Marian Earls led the session at Marcoussis this morning.

Analysis: Ireland Women show tactical intelligence in victory over the US

There were positives to be taken from Friday’s win, but improvement will be needed ahead of the New Zealand clash.

# sophie-spence - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

VIDEO: Ireland Women call for support ahead of history-maker against Italy

This weekend’s Six Nations clash will be the first time a women’s international has been held at the Aviva Stadium.

# sophie-spence - Monday 21 May, 2012

Lightning strikes: Irish Sevens team shock French women to finish on a high Sevens Heaven This post contains videos

Lightning strikes: Irish Sevens team shock French women to finish on a high

The ladies of Ireland came a cropper against Canada and Spain but defeated France (twice), Wales and the not-so-mighty Germans.