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# WRWC 17
'This World Cup has shown the women's game is getting bigger and bigger'
Ireland face Australia on Tuesday for a shot at the fifth-placed play-off.
# First XV
France and England dominate our WRWC Team of the Pool Stage, but one Irish woman made the cut
Who would you have in your tournament dream team so far?
# ireland 2017
Black and Bleu Ireland can only turn attention to Australia and 'achieving something' at this WRWC
Claire Molloy is leading the in taking accountability as her squad head for Belfast with only 5th place to play for.
# Opinion
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.
# turn the air bleu
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.
# enforcer
'France are in our way': Jenny Murphy relishing the big stage of a vital World Cup test
The hardest hitter in Ireland’s arsenal is determined to make the free-flowing French stop and think.
# Late Late Show
Job done for England but late USA onslaught puts them in pole position for fourth semi spot
The game finished 47-26 at Billings Park, with all eyes on this evening’s Pool C decider between Ireland and France.
# Blackout
New Zealand steam-roll Canada to complete perfect run to World Cup semis
An eight-try rout has left 2014 runners-up Canada out of the running for a semi-final berth.
# serious business
Try-hungry Black Ferns enjoying life in Ireland, but focus is firmly set on end goal
Tomorrow’s pool decider against Canada will be much more of a test than their opening two clashes.
# forte
Ireland bidding to stop French fluency at source with pack physicality
Tom Tierney’s team selection paves the way for a serious battle in UCD tomorrow evening.
# poppin'
'You'd think they were in Vegas!': Slick passing and clean offloads all over the top 5 tries from yesterday's WRWC action
There is pace and power all over the tournament, but the subtle touches are to be celebrated.
# Fanzone
French bells toll for Ireland as the rugby family make themselves at home in UCD
At a tournament as intimate as this, you’re never far from the flesh and blood of one of the star attractions.
# Reaction
'We're not making any excuses. We didn't play well and we've got a lot of work to do'
All errors made this evening can be rectified, says Ireland head coach Tom Tierney and Hannah Tyrrell.
# more to come
England didn't need to be at their best to run in 10 tries against Italy
The Azzurri were able to knock the champions a little off their stride and scored a terrific try of their own in the first half.
# Star Performers
Ireland's magnificent Maz leads our World Cup team of matchday 1
Here are the players who stood out on the opening day of the tournament.
# Finishers
Spence just one of the match-winning 'impact subs' that delivered victory for Ireland
Subs, replacements, finishers… call them what you want, Ireland used them to their full advantage against Australia.
# Douze points!
Gone in 11 seconds: Quickest try of the day helps France rout Japan and top Ireland's pool
Romane Menager’s extremely early try and Caroline Ladagnous’ hat-trick ensured a comfortable start for Ireland’s rivals.
# wrwc 2017
'Ugly' win a beautifully firm foothold in the tournament for Tierney
’19-17 against Australia might look good in a few days’ time,’ says the Ireland head coach.
# Opinion
Magnificent Maz and more talking points as Ireland begin the World Cup with a bang
The Wallaroos were unforgiving opposition, but Ireland dug deep to take a vital victory on opening night.
# coygig
Ireland edge epic, energy-sapping tussle with Australia to get World Cup bid up and running
It was incredibly tight in Belfield but Tom Tierney’s side did enough to clinch a two-point victory.
# room for improvement
Slick Winiata hat-trick helps Black Ferns gloss over set-piece struggle with Wales
The diminutive fullback got on the end of three of New Zealand’s eight opening day tries.
# Up and Running
Wilson crosses four times as powerful England lay down an early marker
The defending champions scored 10 tries as they eased past Spain in the tournament opener at UCD.
# wrwc 2017
Set-piece, structure and incessant work-rate critical for Ireland in home World Cup opener
The Wallaroos will carry a direct threat and no little pedigree into UCD tonight, but all Irish cylinders are primed to fire.
# Redemption
'We're hissing to get out there and have a crack': Black Ferns ready to end 2014 hurt
Eloise Blackwell and her side are using that losing dressing room feeling to their advantage this time out.
# Opinion
Leading the charge for women in sport: How important this World Cup is
Sinead Finnegan, who plays for Dublin and works for Teneo PSG, shares her thoughts on the eve of the WRWC.
# wrwc 2017
Talking over as Ireland Women prepare to take hold of jersey and Australia
This week has been anything but normal for Claire Molloy, but she knows the drill from here on.
# the Wallaroos
'The pressure is on them. We're the underdogs': Australia out to gatecrash Ireland's party
The Aussies are hoping to fly under the radar and upset the odds on the opening night of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
# Home Advantage
Tierney's Ireland fully locked, loaded and ready to take on the world
After months of build-up, Ireland are ready to take centre stage and embrace the expectation of a nation during the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
# WRWC 17
'I think you've got to answer yes. It's a home World Cup, a once in a lifetime thing'
It has been a whirlwind week for Claire Molloy as she prepares to lead Ireland into a home World Cup.
# bring it
Excitement builds as Ireland prepares to host the biggest-ever World Cup party
The Women’s Rugby World Cup was officially launched in Dublin this morning and the tournament is expected to be the biggest ever.
# black fern
'If I can get girls to live the dream that I'm living, then that's pretty cool'
New Zealand’s brilliant scrum-half is working to create solid pathways for girls to follow in her footsteps.
# Steedy as she goes
How a lack of English camogie clubs led Fiona Steed to play in 3 Rugby World Cups
The 62-times capped Ireland international chats to The42 about her rugby career.
# grist to the mill
Ireland Women striving to make sporting role models a not-so-rare commodity for girls
Women’s sport needs high-profile events to spark interest for girls at a stage when, statistically, they’re dropping out.
# History in the making
Calm, cool, ruthless, ballistic: 3 years on from Ireland's momentous win over the Black Ferns
How Ireland Women shocked everyone but themselves to beat New Zealand 14 – 17 and end their run of four straight World Cup titles.
# Know Your Enemy
Youthful, confident and dangerous, Japan are out to make their mark at World Cup
We take a closer look at the second of Ireland’s Pool C opponents.
# Tick tock
Sophie Spence eagerly, nervelessly embracing countdown to World Cup
Bring it.
# Know Your Enemy
Australia gunning to 'knock off' Ireland in World Cup opener
The Wallaroos are low on experience, but in no shortage of confidence as they bring their Olympic gold medalists to the 15s game.
# Explainer
Two weeks to go: A quick guide to how the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland will work
All you’ll need to get you through day one in UCD.
# bring it
'It focuses the mind, there’s no easy lead-in': Ireland relishing defining World Cup opener against Australia
Captain Niamh Briggs is leading a ‘no excuses’ attitude as Ireland embrace the challenges ahead.
# squad goals
Adaptability key for Tierney in selecting the best women for the job
The uncapped Nicole Cronin represents a considerable amount of Sevens blood running through the squad of 28.