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2019-20 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Six Nations

Ireland Women: 2020 Six Nations Wrap

The Women’s 2020 Six Nations was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaign was paused on the 20th March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. An attempt was made to complete the competition on 24th October and 1st November 2020 but an coronavirus outbreak in the French camp led to the competition being cancelled…

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2019-20 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Italy Women Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 21 Italy 7

Despite a slow start Ireland managed to see off the challenge of Italy in Round 4 of the Women’s Six Nations at Energia Park, Donnybrook, winning 21-7. On Saturday evening the Irish women resumed their Six Nations campaign eight months after their last fixture against an impressive English side who ultimately ended their grand slam…

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2020-21 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Italy Women Six Nations

Ireland Women: Teams up for Ireland v Italy

The teams have been announced for the refixed Six Nations fourth round match between Ireland and Italy. The match will take place at Donnybrook on Saturday evening. Kick off 18:30. It will be broadcast on RTE 2 but no coverage in the north as yet. Context The game is a bit of a dead rubber,…

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2019-20 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Six Nations

Ireland Women: Six Nations Review

Ireland Women’s Six Nations campaign was paused on the 20th March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Ireland had completed three of the four rounds scheduled up to then, beating Scotland and Wales before coming up short against England. This leaves Ireland in third place on 9 points with big tests still to come with…

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Old Belvedere RFC UL Bohemian RFC

Women’s AIL. Semi Final 1 UL Bohemian 42 Old Belvedere 20

UL Bohemian and Old Belvedere went head to head on Zoom on Saturday afternoon in The Front Row Union virtual playoff semi final 1. UL Bohemian were represented by Chloe Pearse and Rachel Allen with Jemma Jackson and Kathryn Dane representing Old Belvedere. In an incident packed matchup UL Bohemian built up an early lead…

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2019-20 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Scotland Women Six Nations

Women’s Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland

Ireland Women entertain Scotland Women at Energia Park, Donnybrook on Sunday afternoon at 13:00. Although this is only the first round of this seasons championship this game has a touch of extra spice attached. Both teams will be trying to get the upper hand before they meet again in September in the last chance saloon…

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2019-20 All Ireland Cup Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Old Belvedere RFC

Energia AI Cup Cooke 22 Old Belvedere 50

Old Belvedere returned to D4 with an Energia All Ireland Cup Semi Final place in their back pocket after a first half blitz against Cooke at Shaw’s Bridge on Sunday afternoon.  The visitors were quick out of the block as Kathryn Dane sent Fiona Tuite under the posts after four minutes for Jemma Jackson to…

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2018-19 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Six Nations

Six Nations: Who did What for Ireland Women?

Ireland Women completed their 12th Six Nations tournament of the modern era with a 5th place finish, their lowest finish since 2008, and only the second time they have not finished in the top three. It is also the first time they have only won one game. The team scored thirteen tries, including one penalty…

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2018-19 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Six Nations Wales Women

Women 6N: Wales 24 Ireland 5

Daimhlinn Darling reports.  The Arm’s Park was the venue for the final Women’s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Wales this St.Patrick’s day. The sun was shining in Cardiff with a slight breeze which favoured Ireland in the opening half. Both teams made two changes to the sides with Ireland’s 17 year old Beibhinn Parsons…

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2018-19 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Scotland Women Six Nations

Six Nations: Bonus point win for Ireland Women

Ireland Women got their Six Nations Campaign back on track with a bonus point win over Scotland on a wet and windy Friday night in Glasgow, winning 22 points to 5. Ireland started the game well, applying pressure to the Scottish defence. This week, however, Ireland were able to convert their pressure into points, with…

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2018-19 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Scotland Women Six Nations

Women 6N: Teams up for Scotland v Ireland

Ireland Women’s Head Coach Adam Griggs has made three changes to the starting line up for Friday nights game against Scotland Women at Scotstoun Stadium, kick off 19:30 with live coverage on BBC Sport and RTE. Alison Miller replaces Megan Williams on the wing, Anna Caplice comes into the back row to replace Juliet Short…

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2018-19 England Women International Rugby Women Ireland Women Six Nations

Women 6N: Teams up for Ireland v England.

The teams have been announced for Ireland Women’s opening Six Nations international, against England Women, which takes place at Donnybrook on Friday 1st February, kicking off at 17:00. Ulster Women and Old Belvedere players Claire McLaughlin and Kathryn Dane have made the squad, as replacements. The squad is made up of three from Munster, four who…

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2018-19 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Six Nations Wales Women

Ireland Women: Three Ulster Players Selected for Six Nations Warm Up.

Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs is giving another raft of players a chance to put their hands up for selection for the Six Nations, naming a 29 player squad for the uncapped game against Wales Women at Donnybrook on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately not a single player from an Ulster side has been selected but…

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women: AIL Week 1 Preview

The Women’s All Ireland League kicks off this weekend amid much pomp and ceremony, a bit of a photoshoot and a video. It’s the least that these hardworking clubs deserve and let’s hope it’s the start of genuine investment in this competition and not just a box ticking exercise. As the foremost women’s club rugby…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Old Belvedere RFC UL Bohemian RFC

Women: Boring old Bohs, always winning!

UL Bohemian’s continued on their winning ways with a comfortable 15 – 0 win against Old Belvedere in the final of the Women’s All Ireland League Playoffs. The result means that Bohs beat every other side twice in a formidable league campaign, this win reversing their only regular season defeat after Blevo claimed a 19…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Old Belvedere RFC

Women’s All Ireland League Round 14 Wrap

The Women’s All Ireland League completed it’s regular season on Sunday and, with results going as expected, everything remained unchanged. So UL Bohemians, Railway Union, Old Belvedere and Cooke all progress to the League play offs and our friends at Tullamore are relegated. 😕 The results from the weekend are as follows. Blackrock W –…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s AIL Week 9 Wrap

It was an interesting week in the Women’s All Ireland League with a couple of shock results leading to some dramatic changes in the table. The first match of the weekend pitched first placed and undefeated UL Bohemian up against Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on Saturday evening. We’ve had a bit of fun this…

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2016-17 Ulster Women

Women: Connacht v Ulster Match Gallery

Perhaps our best gallery yet. Excellent photos by Ian Humes Photography  and Bob Given Photography  from the Connacht v Ulster Women’s Interprovincial match on 17th December 2016.  Connacht won the match 39 – 12.

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2016-17 Ulster Women

Women: Connacht 39 Ulster 12

Ulster Women lost 39 – 12 to Connacht Women in their last Irish Women’s Interprovincial match of the season, sadly and ridiculously that’s it for another year for the Provincial ladies. Ulster finish bottom of the Interprovincial championship for the fourth time in four years.  Despite the results I’ve generally enjoyed this series. It started “well”…

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2016-17 Ulster Women

Women: Teams up for Connacht v Ulster

The teams have been named for Saturday afternoons Irish Women’s Interprovincial between Connacht and Ulster which takes place at Corinthians RFC, Galway, kick off 2:00pm.  After last week’s disappointing performance Ulster have opted for youth in the back line with Brittany Hogan, Leah McGoldrick and Vicky Irwin starting at centre, wing and full back respectively. Fellow…

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2016-17 Ulster Women

Women: Leinster 46 Ulster 0

Leinster (17) 46 TRY: Alisa Hughes, Katie Fitzhenry (2), Paula Fitzpatrick (2) Hannah Tyrrell, Niamh Byrne. CON: Jenny Murphy (4). PEN: Jenny Murphy. Ulster (0) 0 Ulster went down by seven tries to nil in their second Women’s Interprovincial match at Donnybrook on Saturday afternoon. The host’s tries came from Alisa Hughes and Katie Fitzhenry…

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2016-17 Ulster Women

Women: Leinster v Ulster Match Gallery

Leinster (17) 46 TRY: Alisa Hughes, Katie Fitzhenry (2), Paula Fitzpatrick (2) Hannah Tyrrell, Niamh Byrne. CON: Jenny Murphy (4). PEN: Jenny Murphy. Ulster (0) 0 Ulster went down by seven tries to nil with a bit of a second half drubbing from Leinster, four conversions and a penalty taking the final score to Leinster 46…

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2016-17 Ulster Women

Women: Teams announced for Ulster v Leinster

The teams are up for the Irish Rugby Women’s Interprovincial match between Leinster and Ulster which takes palace at Donnybrook Stadium on Saturday evening. Kick off 6:30 pm.  Ulster welcome back Irish internationals, Nikki Caughey at full back, and Ashleigh Baxter at openside and, though I’m surprised that both have come straight into the starting…

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2016-17 Ulster Women

Women: Ulster v Munster Match Gallery 2

Pictures from the Irish Women’s Interprovincial Match between Ulster Women and Munster Women at the Kingspan Stadium Belfast, Saturday 3rd December.  Ulster (3) 3 PEN: Jemma Jackson. Munster (8) 16 TRY: Leah Lyons, Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird. PEN: Ellen Murphy, Edel Murphy.   Photos by Bob Given.