After a thrilling Women's Six Nations Championship, www.ScrumQueens.com have chosen the players they think deserve to make the 2017 team of the tournament - and Ireland's Alison Miller, Jenny Murphy, Nora Stapleton and Lindsay Peat all feature in the XV.
After seeing his side's Grand Slam hopes ended by England at Donnybrook on Friday, Ireland Women's head coach Tom Tierney admitted that the massive effort produced in the opening 50 minutes of their Six Nations decider eventually took its toll.
The Ireland Women are the only team in green left in title contention as they chase a second Grand Slam, while Joe Schmidt's men and the Under-20s are both hoping to deny their English counterparts a Championship clean sweep.
The Women's Rugby World Cup trophy departed from the World Rugby Hall of Fame in Rugby yesterday to begin its journey to Ireland ahead of a tour that will visit all 32 counties ahead of the tournament in August.
Blackrock and league leaders UL Bohemians will contest next month's Women's All-Ireland Cup final after two dramatic last-four clashes with Old Belvedere and Railway Union on Sunday, writes Aisling Crowe.
The Ireland Women will have to negotiate an earlier than usual kick-off time and a fired-up Wales if they want to take the Six Nations title race to the final round and a St. Patrick's Day showdown with England.
Ireland number 8 and captain Paula Fitzpatrick spoke to Irish Rugby TV the build up to the Women's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff and what promises to be an emotionally-charged match following the death last week of young Welsh player Elli Norkett.
All three Ireland teams, including the unbeaten Women and Under-20s, still have title aspirations as we enter the penultimate round of the Six Nations Championships. Joe Schmidt's men will kick off the international weekend on Friday Night at a packed-out Principality Stadium.