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From The42 Best player, best try and more of The42's WRWC awards Black Tie This post contains videos

Best player, best try and more of The42's WRWC awards

It’s all over for four more years, here are some of the women who made the last three weeks a joy to watch.

From The42 Breathtaking 20 minutes with 5 tries helps Black Ferns reclaim World Cup from England Black Magic

Breathtaking 20 minutes with 5 tries helps Black Ferns reclaim World Cup from England

Loosehead Toka Natua scored a hat-trick as New Zealand battled from 17 – 5 down to put 41 points on England.

From The42 Tierney walks away after torrid World Cup calling for bigger, better athletes to play for Ireland Exit Poll

Tierney walks away after torrid World Cup calling for bigger, better athletes to play for Ireland

On a day when Ireland’s World Cup preparations were criticised by now retired prop Ruth O’Reilly, Tierney maintained he was proud of the work he had done.

From The42 The bitter end: Late rally from Ireland not enough to salvage consolation from home World Cup WRWC17

The bitter end: Late rally from Ireland not enough to salvage consolation from home World Cup

Wales ensured Ireland finish eighth at their home World Cup and will have to go through a qualification process for the next edition.

From The42 Drive for seventh place needn't mean the legacy of this World Cup is lost Ireland 2017

Drive for seventh place needn't mean the legacy of this World Cup is lost

There’s plenty about the women’s game that is going in the right direction, but all rugby stakeholders should feel invested in growing it further.

From The42 Naoupu on the bench as Ireland aim for seventh on final day of World Cup action Endgame

Naoupu on the bench as Ireland aim for seventh on final day of World Cup action

Head coach Tom Tierney has made four changes, two enforced by concussion injuries.

Former Ireland back row Joy Neville named to referee World Cup final

The Grand Slam winner ensures there will be an Irish voice on the field in the deciding match of the WRWC.

From The42 Ireland coach Tom Tierney facing post-World Cup review to determine future WRWC17

Ireland coach Tom Tierney facing post-World Cup review to determine future

‘We’ll wait and see where that takes me,’ says Tierney.

From The42 Wonderful Woodman scores four as Black Ferns march back into World Cup final Untouchable

Wonderful Woodman scores four as Black Ferns march back into World Cup final

New Zealand scored seven tries on their way to the final, where they will face either England or France on Saturday.

From The42 'This World Cup has shown the women's game is getting bigger and bigger' 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.

From The42 France and England dominate our WRWC Team of the Pool Stage, but one Irish woman made the cut 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?

From The42 Black and Bleu Ireland can only turn attention to Australia and 'achieving something' at this WRWC 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.

From The42 Improvements and another deep dig, but nowhere near enough to cope with ferocious French 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.

From The42 Ireland miss out on World Cup semis as France overpower hosts in UCD 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.

From The42 'France are in our way': Jenny Murphy relishing the big stage of a vital World Cup test 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.

From The42 New Zealand steam-roll Canada to complete perfect run to World Cup semis 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.

From The42 Ireland bidding to stop French fluency at source with pack physicality 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.

From The42 'You'd think they were in Vegas!': Slick passing and clean offloads all over the top 5 tries from yesterday's WRWC action Poppin' This post contains videos

'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.

From The42 French bells toll for Ireland as the rugby family make themselves at home in UCD 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.

From The42 'We need to play the game of our lives against the French' Defining

'We need to play the game of our lives against the French'

Despite two error-strewn displays, just France stand between Tom Tierney’s side and a World Cup semi-final.

From The42 Fitzpatrick helps Ireland flick the switch and more talking points after problematic win over Japan Opinion
From The42 England didn't need to be at their best to run in 10 tries against Italy 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.

From The42 'We're trying to embrace the expectation and pressure, but it caught us' Wrwc 2017

'We're trying to embrace the expectation and pressure, but it caught us'

A home World Cup isn’t always an advantage.

From The42 Second row rampage tops the list of best tries from the WRWC opening day in Dublin Sumptuous Scores

Second row rampage tops the list of best tries from the WRWC opening day in Dublin

The USA’s Kris Thomas also made the list thanks to a powerful tackle-busting finish against Italy.

From The42 Spence just one of the match-winning 'impact subs' that delivered victory for Ireland 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.

From The42 Gone in 11 seconds: Quickest try of the day helps France rout Japan and top Ireland's pool Douze Points! This post contains videos

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.

From The42 'Ugly' win a beautifully firm foothold in the tournament for Tierney Wrwc 2017 This post contains videos

'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.

From The42 Magnificent Maz and more talking points as Ireland begin the World Cup with a bang 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.

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.

From The42 Set-piece, structure and incessant work-rate critical for Ireland in home World Cup opener 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.

From The42 Talking over as Ireland Women prepare to take hold of jersey and Australia 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.

From The42 How one Irish woman helped turn rugby into a sport for both sexes Growing The Game

How one Irish woman helped turn rugby into a sport for both sexes

Under Su Carty’s watch, women went from comprising 4% of the world’s rugby playing population to 25%

From The42 'If I can get girls to live the dream that I'm living, then that's pretty cool' 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.

From The42 Ireland Women striving to make sporting role models a not-so-rare commodity for girls 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.

From The42 7 into 15s will go: High performance plan behind Ireland Women can bear its fruit at World Cup Long And Short

7 into 15s will go: High performance plan behind Ireland Women can bear its fruit at World Cup

Director of women’s rugby Anthony Eddy has taken flak for bringing players out of the 15-a-side scene, but he has consistently stuck by his decision.

From The42 Sophie Spence eagerly, nervelessly embracing countdown to World Cup Tick Tock
From The42 With Briggs injury setback, Ireland turn to Molloy as Women's Rugby World Cup captain Leader

With Briggs injury setback, Ireland turn to Molloy as Women's Rugby World Cup captain

The 29-year-old will replace Niamh Briggs who was forced to pull out of the tournament last week.

From The42 Australia gunning to 'knock off' Ireland in World Cup opener 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.

From The42 'They’re the wonder women of our culture': The haka and the second wind it gives the Black Ferns Ko Uhia Mai This post contains videos

'They’re the wonder women of our culture': The haka and the second wind it gives the Black Ferns

Versatile New Zealand forward Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate explains the significance of the Kiwi cultural challenge.

From The42 Injured Ireland skipper Briggs vows to return for Six Nations Road To Recovery

Injured Ireland skipper Briggs vows to return for Six Nations

The goal-kicking fullback suffered an ankle injury in training over the weekend.

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