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#Women's Rugby

From The42 Murphy Crowe hits form to help Ireland 7s battle into quarter-finals Big In Japan This post contains videos

Murphy Crowe hits form to help Ireland 7s battle into quarter-finals

A big win over Fiji to start the day made all the difference as France await in the quarter-finals.

From The42 Briggs on target as Bohs lead the way into women's AIL semi-finals The Business End

Briggs on target as Bohs lead the way into women's AIL semi-finals

The defending champs secured top spot again with a win over Galwegians, while Old Belvedere defeated Blackrock to seal home advantage in the knockout round.

From The42 Ireland look to defence for next building block against France Women's Rugby

Ireland look to defence for next building block against France

The attack functioned for Adam Grigg’s side in the loss to Italy, but against the formidable French Ireland will have to pick their battles.

From The42 Globe-trotting Considine a rugby convert no more Transition Complete

Globe-trotting Considine a rugby convert no more

The Clare woman first sampled 15-a-side international rugby in 2017 and went travelling after that year’s World Cup. She has returned all the better for the experience.

From The42 Ireland Women suffer double injury blow as they bid to bounce back after Italy defeat Back To Front

Ireland Women suffer double injury blow as they bid to bounce back after Italy defeat

Centre Michelle Claffey required surgery on the ankle injury picked up in Italy, while Leah Lyons will be sidelined with a shoulder issue.

From The42 Australia women's captain Patu banned for biting arm of international team-mate Making A Mark This post contains videos

Australia women's captain Patu banned for biting arm of international team-mate

Video footage was damning for Patu, though the minimum sentence for the offence was halved by the disciplinary committee.

From The42 Six-try Railway halt Blackrock's winning run, Maz' attack earns bonus point for Belvo Women's Rugby

Six-try Railway halt Blackrock's winning run, Maz' attack earns bonus point for Belvo

Here’s what you may have missed in the 12th round of women’s AIL fixtures this weekend.

From The42 Italian Women produce brilliant attacking display to take first win over Ireland Forza Italia

Italian Women produce brilliant attacking display to take first win over Ireland

Adam Griggs’ side take two bonus points away from Parma, but will rue defensive errors which led to a thrilling Italy win.

From The42 In-form Niamh Briggs shines once again as UL Bohs beat Railway Union Class Act

In-form Niamh Briggs shines once again as UL Bohs beat Railway Union

Meanwhile, there were wins for Cooke and Blackrock in the Women’s AIL.

From The42 17-year-old Parsons set for 7s World Series debut as Ireland head for Sydney Women's Rugby

17-year-old Parsons set for 7s World Series debut as Ireland head for Sydney

The young flyer is one of three players travelling after being involved in Six Nations prep with the 15-a-side team.

From The42 Ireland step up Six Nations preparations with five-try win over Wales Warm-up

Ireland step up Six Nations preparations with five-try win over Wales

Adam Griggs’ side picked up a confidence-boosting result at Donnybrook this afternoon.

From The42 RFU unveil 28 women given full-time professional contracts 15-a-side

RFU unveil 28 women given full-time professional contracts

Simon Middleton announced his 35-strong Six Nations squad today.

From The42 Tight at the top! Old Belvedere complete back-to-back wins over AIL leaders Club Rugby

Tight at the top! Old Belvedere complete back-to-back wins over AIL leaders

Blackrock also recorded a big win in the Women’s AIL this weekend.

From The42 Ireland edged by England in thriller on disappointing day in Dubai Ireland 7s

Ireland edged by England in thriller on disappointing day in Dubai

Anthony Eddy’s side finished the women’s tournament in eighth place, but ran England and France close along the way.

From The42 Ireland shaded by New Zealand, but progress to face Canada in quarter-final clash at Dubai 7s Survive And Advance

Ireland shaded by New Zealand, but progress to face Canada in quarter-final clash at Dubai 7s

The Black Ferns were clinical, scoring two tries either side of half-time to swing the pool decider away from Ireland.

From The42 Ireland face 'one of the biggest challenges in women's rugby' at Twickenham London Calling

Ireland face 'one of the biggest challenges in women's rugby' at Twickenham

Adam Griggs’ side conclude their two-game November schedule against England this evening.

From The42 Irish rugby aims for 20% female representation with new 'Women in Rugby' plan Action Plan

Irish rugby aims for 20% female representation with new 'Women in Rugby' plan

The IRFU has released its action plan for the women’s game over the next five years.

From The42 'We wanted to give these players a high-performance environment' Women's Rugby

'We wanted to give these players a high-performance environment'

Ireland Women head coach Adam Griggs is leading the ‘emerging talent day’ at Abbottstown.

From The42 Olympic pathway confirmed for Irish 7s rugby hopefuls 2020 Vision

Olympic pathway confirmed for Irish 7s rugby hopefuls

A European tournament or World Rugby repechage will serve as Ireland’s best chance of qualifying for Tokyo 2020.

From The42 'A big step': England hand out 28 full-time contracts to women's squad Professional Era

'A big step': England hand out 28 full-time contracts to women's squad

The RFU say they want to drive growth in the women’s game at every level.

From The42 Leinster hope to see women's inter-pros expanded from three rounds Grow The Game

Leinster hope to see women's inter-pros expanded from three rounds

Head coach Ben Armstrong says his players are keen for more inter-provincial fixtures in the future.

From The42 'We had 1,050 girls playing rugby. It's been a big success' GiveItATry

'We had 1,050 girls playing rugby. It's been a big success'

Nora Stapleton explains how the ‘Give It a Try’ campaign worked out over the summer.

From The42 'We're all equal... A female coach with a female team shows it's not all male-orientated' Clonettes

'We're all equal... A female coach with a female team shows it's not all male-orientated'

Clondalkin RFC have ambitions to grow the female side of their club in the coming years.

From The42 AIL season takes shape as IRFU unveil men and women's fixture list Club Rugby

AIL season takes shape as IRFU unveil men and women's fixture list

The new club season will get under way on 28 September with the men’s division 1 kicking off a week later.

From The42 Blyde scythes, Woodman wonderful as New Zealand shut out Ireland 7s World Cup

Blyde scythes, Woodman wonderful as New Zealand shut out Ireland

After a brilliant win over England, defeat sends Ireland Women to the 5-8th place play-offs.

From The42 IRFU says dates on offer in Australia 'didn't fit with the women's plan' Declined

IRFU says dates on offer in Australia 'didn't fit with the women's plan'

The union turned down an invitation of a three-Test tour Down Under this month.

From The42 Murphy Crowe strikes twice to deliver Challenge Trophy for Ireland at Paris 7s Pace And Power

Murphy Crowe strikes twice to deliver Challenge Trophy for Ireland at Paris 7s

Ireland remained calm under pressure to finish on a high note at the World Series event.

From The42 November Tests return for Ireland Women with USA set to visit Dublin Testing Times

November Tests return for Ireland Women with USA set to visit Dublin

Adam Griggs’ side will face the world’s fifth-ranked team the day after Ireland’s men host the All Blacks.

From The42 17 World Cup winners among 28 professional contracts for New Zealand women Women's Rugby

17 World Cup winners among 28 professional contracts for New Zealand women

The group of 28 does not include the country’s Sevens stars who bolstered their push for the World Cup in Ireland.

From The42 'You go to school and you'll always get comments with your weight. It wasn't a very positive time' A Game For Everyone

'You go to school and you'll always get comments with your weight. It wasn't a very positive time'

Leah Lyons talks to The42 about Ireland’s Six Nations campaign and why she decided to call out a spectator who made a horrible remark about her.

From The42 Ireland internationals inspire Railway Union to All-Ireland glory Domestic Matters

Ireland internationals inspire Railway Union to All-Ireland glory

Blackrock and Tullamore also claimed silverware at Dubarry Park yesterday.

From The42 Swapping basketball for rugby and drawing inspiration from Special Olympics to pursue nursing Change

Swapping basketball for rugby and drawing inspiration from Special Olympics to pursue nursing

Aoife McDermott has been named to start in Ireland’s last Six Nations game of the 2018 campaign.

From The42 Powerful France hold Ireland Women to nil Out-gunned

Powerful France hold Ireland Women to nil

Les Bleus put Ireland through a severe opening Six Nations Test.

From The42 Belvo wing Megan Williams set for Ireland debut against France New Cap

Belvo wing Megan Williams set for Ireland debut against France

The 7s international will win her first cap for Ireland in 15s.

From The42 Sophie Spence announces retirement from international rugby after omission from Six Nations squad Lock Out

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.’

From The42 9 uncapped players as Ireland Women build up to Six Nations without Spence and Murphy Squad

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.

From The42 Tears of joy as Munster regain Interpro title after scoring difference is required to pip Leinster Emotional

Tears of joy as Munster regain Interpro title after scoring difference is required to pip Leinster

It’s been a superb first season in charge for Laura Guest.

From The42 Here are the 2018 Six Nations fixtures for the Ireland Women and U20 teams Spring Schedule

Here are the 2018 Six Nations fixtures for the Ireland Women and U20 teams

Both sides will finish off with games against England on St Patrick’s Day weekend.

From The42 'A massive step' - Shannon RFC to field first-ever U20 women's team in Ireland History Makers

'A massive step' - Shannon RFC to field first-ever U20 women's team in Ireland

They’ll make their bow next Wednesday week.

From The42 It's been a difficult road for Tullamore but there were jubilant scenes as they secured first AIL win Wrap

It's been a difficult road for Tullamore but there were jubilant scenes as they secured first AIL win

Elsewhere, Alison Miller grabbed five tries as Old Belvedere ran riot.

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