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  • Munster centre Nicola Scully is closed down by Connacht's Mairead Coyne, Emma Clery and Grainne Egan
    Munster centre Nicola Scully is closed down by Connacht's Mairead Coyne, Emma Clery and Grainne Egan
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • Munster's former Ireland flanker Siobhan Flemming is tackled by Emma Clery, who captained Connacht from inside centre
    Munster's former Ireland flanker Siobhan Flemming is tackled by Emma Clery, who captained Connacht from inside centre
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • Connacht lock Rita Breen competes in the air with Munster's Elaine Anthony
    Connacht lock Rita Breen competes in the air with Munster's Elaine Anthony
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • Loosehead prop Fiona Reidy crashed over to score the only try of the game for Munster
    Loosehead prop Fiona Reidy crashed over to score the only try of the game for Munster
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • Connacht's Carol Staunton is tackled by Niamh Briggs, who captained Munster from the out-half position
    Connacht's Carol Staunton is tackled by Niamh Briggs, who captained Munster from the out-half position
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • As the rain falls in Galway, Connacht flanker Grainne tests out the tackling of Munster's Amy Desmond and Leah Lyons
    As the rain falls in Galway, Connacht flanker Grainne tests out the tackling of Munster's Amy Desmond and Leah Lyons
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • Munster's Nicola Scully gets a tackle in on Connacht replacement Sene Naoupu, who was capped by Ireland during their recent Six Nations-winning campaign
    Munster's Nicola Scully gets a tackle in on Connacht replacement Sene Naoupu, who was capped by Ireland during their recent Six Nations-winning campaign
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • Connacht scrum half Mary Healy is close at hand as Niamh Briggs looks to spread the play for Munster
    Connacht scrum half Mary Healy is close at hand as Niamh Briggs looks to spread the play for Munster
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • The Munster players celebrate at the final whistle. Their 8-3 win saw them make a successful start to their Interpro title defence
    The Munster players celebrate at the final whistle. Their 8-3 win saw them make a successful start to their Interpro title defence
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • Ireland Women's head coach Tom Tierney catches up with Niamh Briggs, who captained his side to Six Nations glory earlier this year
    Ireland Women's head coach Tom Tierney catches up with Niamh Briggs, who captained his side to Six Nations glory earlier this year
    ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • Leinster's Jennie Finlay is tackled by Ulster forwards Imogen Porter and Niamh Fitzgerald
    Leinster's Jennie Finlay is tackled by Ulster forwards Imogen Porter and Niamh Fitzgerald
    ©Dickson Digital/John Dickson
  • International back rower Paula Fitzpatrick makes a strong carry for Leinster during the first half
    International back rower Paula Fitzpatrick makes a strong carry for Leinster during the first half
    ©SPORTSFILE/Oliver McVeigh
  • Suttonians winger Amy Cotter dives over to score Leinster's second try against Ulster
    Suttonians winger Amy Cotter dives over to score Leinster's second try against Ulster
    ©SPORTSFILE/Oliver McVeigh
  • Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton dots down for Leinster during their Interpro opener
    Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton dots down for Leinster during their Interpro opener
    ©SPORTSFILE/Oliver McVeigh
  • Ulster's young scrum half Kathryn Dane waits to feed the ball into a scrum
    Ulster's young scrum half Kathryn Dane waits to feed the ball into a scrum
    ©Dickson Digital/John Dickson
  • Leinster scrum half Ailsa Hughes get the ball away under pressure from her Ulster counterpart Kathryn Dane
    Leinster scrum half Ailsa Hughes get the ball away under pressure from her Ulster counterpart Kathryn Dane
    ©Dickson Digital/John Dickson
  • Cliodhna Moloney of Railway Union leads an attack for Leinster during their 38-0 victory away to Ulster
    Cliodhna Moloney of Railway Union leads an attack for Leinster during their 38-0 victory away to Ulster
    ©SPORTSFILE/Oliver McVeigh
  • Ulster's Ireland-capped winger Amy Davis powers forward during their Interpro clash with Leinster
    Ulster's Ireland-capped winger Amy Davis powers forward during their Interpro clash with Leinster
    ©Dickson Digital/John Dickson
  • Queen's University centre Claire McLaughlin spearheads an attack for Ulster
    Queen's University centre Claire McLaughlin spearheads an attack for Ulster
    ©Dickson Digital/John Dickson
  • Second row Ciara Cooney rises highest to claim a lineout ball for Leinster
    Second row Ciara Cooney rises highest to claim a lineout ball for Leinster
    ©Dickson Digital/John Dickson
  • Philip Doyle, who coaches the Ulster Women along with Jarrett Truscott, was hoping for an away win at Thomond Park
    Philip Doyle, who coaches the Ulster Women along with Jarrett Truscott, was hoping for an away win at Thomond Park
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Munster centre Nicola Scully is tackled by Noreen Nethercott, who started in the Ulster back row
    Munster centre Nicola Scully is tackled by Noreen Nethercott, who started in the Ulster back row
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Ulster scrum half Kathryn Dane is unable to prevent Munster captain Niamh Briggs from scoring the game's opening try
    Ulster scrum half Kathryn Dane is unable to prevent Munster captain Niamh Briggs from scoring the game's opening try
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Roisin Ormond, the Munster second row, is closed down by Ulster's Kathryn Dane and Niamh Fitzgerald
    Roisin Ormond, the Munster second row, is closed down by Ulster's Kathryn Dane and Niamh Fitzgerald
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Munster lock Elaine Anthony is tackled by Shannon Heapes as she reaches for possession in Limerick
    Munster lock Elaine Anthony is tackled by Shannon Heapes as she reaches for possession in Limerick
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Niamh Kavanagh, one of Munster's try scorers, is put under pressure from Ulster's Claire McLaughlin and Niamh Fitzgerald
    Niamh Kavanagh, one of Munster's try scorers, is put under pressure from Ulster's Claire McLaughlin and Niamh Fitzgerald
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • The rain falls as Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird and Claire McLaughlin clash during the second round tie
    The rain falls as Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird and Claire McLaughlin clash during the second round tie
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Munster's Valerie Power gets her kick away despite the best efforts of Ulster centre Grace Davitt
    Munster's Valerie Power gets her kick away despite the best efforts of Ulster centre Grace Davitt
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Munster winger Laura O'Mahony is denied a try during the second round clash in Limerick
    Munster winger Laura O'Mahony is denied a try during the second round clash in Limerick
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • The Ireland-capped Niamh Kavanagh gets over in the left corner for one of Munster's four second half tries
    The Ireland-capped Niamh Kavanagh gets over in the left corner for one of Munster's four second half tries
    ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Mairead Coyne, Connacht's try scorer on the day, puts boot to ball
    Mairead Coyne, Connacht's try scorer on the day, puts boot to ball
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Paula Fitzpatrick, Leinster's powerful number 8, breaks off the back of a scrum
    Paula Fitzpatrick, Leinster's powerful number 8, breaks off the back of a scrum
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Leinster flanker Jennie Finlay tries to hand off Connacht's Jill Draper
    Leinster flanker Jennie Finlay tries to hand off Connacht's Jill Draper
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Centre Aine Donnelly, who scored Leinster's third try, is tackled by Connacht's Carol Staunton
    Centre Aine Donnelly, who scored Leinster's third try, is tackled by Connacht's Carol Staunton
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Leinster out-half Nora Stapleton combines with fellow Ireland international Sophie Spence
    Leinster out-half Nora Stapleton combines with fellow Ireland international Sophie Spence
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Leinster centre Elise O'Byrne White is sandwiched by Connacht's Grainne Egan and Edel McMahon
    Leinster centre Elise O'Byrne White is sandwiched by Connacht's Grainne Egan and Edel McMahon
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Leinster captain Ailis Egan is tackled by Connacht's tighthead prop Laura Feely
    Leinster captain Ailis Egan is tackled by Connacht's tighthead prop Laura Feely
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Leinster out-half Nora Stapleton looks to break clear of Connacht flanker Edel McMahon
    Leinster out-half Nora Stapleton looks to break clear of Connacht flanker Edel McMahon
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Full-back Jeamie Deacon spread the play for the Leinster Women's team
    Full-back Jeamie Deacon spread the play for the Leinster Women's team
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Former Munster and Ireland number 8 Joy Neville was in charge of the whistle at Donnybrook
    Former Munster and Ireland number 8 Joy Neville was in charge of the whistle at Donnybrook
    ©SPORTSFILE/Sam Barnes
  • Head coach Wayne Falvey was hoping to see his Munster side retain the Interpro title against arch rivals Leinster
    Head coach Wayne Falvey was hoping to see his Munster side retain the Interpro title against arch rivals Leinster
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Leinster head coach Robert Forbes passes on some instructions to his players before kick-off at Thomond Park
    Leinster head coach Robert Forbes passes on some instructions to his players before kick-off at Thomond Park
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Ireland captain Niamh Briggs leads out the Munster team for their final round clash with Leinster
    Ireland captain Niamh Briggs leads out the Munster team for their final round clash with Leinster
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Ireland prop Ailis Egan leads out her Leinster team for the meeting of the table-topping sides
    Ireland prop Ailis Egan leads out her Leinster team for the meeting of the table-topping sides
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Leinster captain Ailis Egan runs out at Thomond Park, closely followed by World Rugby Women's Player of the Year nominee Sophie Spence
    Leinster captain Ailis Egan runs out at Thomond Park, closely followed by World Rugby Women's Player of the Year nominee Sophie Spence
    ©SPORTSFILE/Diarmuid Greene
  • A view of a Munster lineout during the Interpro title decider at sunny Thomond Park
    A view of a Munster lineout during the Interpro title decider at sunny Thomond Park
    ©SPORTSFILE/Diarmuid Greene
  • Leinster half-backs Ailsa Hughes and Noa Stapleton put pressure on Munster's Laura O'Mahony
    Leinster half-backs Ailsa Hughes and Noa Stapleton put pressure on Munster's Laura O'Mahony
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Munster tighthead prop Leah Lyons crashes into a tackle from Leinster's Nora Stapleton
    Munster tighthead prop Leah Lyons crashes into a tackle from Leinster's Nora Stapleton
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Munster centre Nicola Scully is tackled by Leinster's Ireland-capped out-half Nora Stapleton
    Munster centre Nicola Scully is tackled by Leinster's Ireland-capped out-half Nora Stapleton
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Leinster full-back Jeamie Deacon is tackled by Munster's Nicola Scully
    Leinster full-back Jeamie Deacon is tackled by Munster's Nicola Scully
    ©SPORTSFILE/Diarmuid Greene
  • Lineout action from the Munster v Leinster title decider in Limerick
    Lineout action from the Munster v Leinster title decider in Limerick
    ©SPORTSFILE/Diarmuid Greene
  • Referee Helen O'Reilly awards the first try of the game which was scored by Munster prop Leah Lyons
    Referee Helen O'Reilly awards the first try of the game which was scored by Munster prop Leah Lyons
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Niamh Briggs aims a kick towards the posts with referee Helen O'Reilly in the backgroun
    Niamh Briggs aims a kick towards the posts with referee Helen O'Reilly in the backgroun
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Leinster scrum half Ailsa Hughes releases the ball away from a ruck
    Leinster scrum half Ailsa Hughes releases the ball away from a ruck
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Munster centre Niamh Kavanagh, who was capped by Ireland on the wing, makes a break
    Munster centre Niamh Kavanagh, who was capped by Ireland on the wing, makes a break
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Leah Lyons, the Munster tighthead prop, tackles Amy Cotter as the Leinster winger tries to gather possession
    Leah Lyons, the Munster tighthead prop, tackles Amy Cotter as the Leinster winger tries to gather possession
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Leinster centre Elise O'Byrne White is sandwiched by two Munster players
    Leinster centre Elise O'Byrne White is sandwiched by two Munster players
    ©SPORTSFILE/Diarmuid Greene
  • Munster number 8 Heather O'Brien is tackled by Leinster's Karla Dunne
    Munster number 8 Heather O'Brien is tackled by Leinster's Karla Dunne
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Munster backs Laura O'Mahony and Niamh Kavanagh celebrate at the final whistle
    Munster backs Laura O'Mahony and Niamh Kavanagh celebrate at the final whistle
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Elaine Anthony shows her delight at the final whistle as she celebrates with her Highfield and Munster colleague Heather O'Brien
    Elaine Anthony shows her delight at the final whistle as she celebrates with her Highfield and Munster colleague Heather O'Brien
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • The Leinster players thank their fans in the stand after the 15-7 defeat
    The Leinster players thank their fans in the stand after the 15-7 defeat
    ©SPORTSFILE/Diarmuid Greene
  • Marie Louise Reilly congratulates her international colleague Niamh Briggs as Leinster clap their Munster counterparts off the pitch
    Marie Louise Reilly congratulates her international colleague Niamh Briggs as Leinster clap their Munster counterparts off the pitch
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • A delighted Niamh Briggs raises the Interpro trophy aloft for champions Munster
    A delighted Niamh Briggs raises the Interpro trophy aloft for champions Munster
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Out-half and captain Niamh Briggs raises the trophy for the victorious Munster side
    Out-half and captain Niamh Briggs raises the trophy for the victorious Munster side
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • The extended Munster squad pose with the trophy after winning their third match of the Interpro campaign
    The extended Munster squad pose with the trophy after winning their third match of the Interpro campaign
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • It is celebration time for Niamh Briggs, Niamh Kavanagh and the rest of the Munster players
    It is celebration time for Niamh Briggs, Niamh Kavanagh and the rest of the Munster players
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Number 8 Heather O'Brien holds the trophy as Munster's Highfield contingent celebrate their Interpro success in Limerick
    Number 8 Heather O'Brien holds the trophy as Munster's Highfield contingent celebrate their Interpro success in Limerick
    ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
  • Victorious Munster captain Niamh Briggs is pictured with some of the young fans from the province
    Victorious Munster captain Niamh Briggs is pictured with some of the young fans from the province
    ©SPORTSFILE/Diarmuid Greene
  • Munster centre Nicola Scully is closed down by Connacht's Mairead Coyne, Emma Clery and Grainne Egan
  • Munster's former Ireland flanker Siobhan Flemming is tackled by Emma Clery, who captained Connacht from inside centre
  • Connacht lock Rita Breen competes in the air with Munster's Elaine Anthony
  • Loosehead prop Fiona Reidy crashed over to score the only try of the game for Munster
  • Connacht's Carol Staunton is tackled by Niamh Briggs, who captained Munster from the out-half position
  • As the rain falls in Galway, Connacht flanker Grainne tests out the tackling of Munster's Amy Desmond and Leah Lyons
  • Munster's Nicola Scully gets a tackle in on Connacht replacement Sene Naoupu, who was capped by Ireland during their recent Six Nations-winning campaign
  • Connacht scrum half Mary Healy is close at hand as Niamh Briggs looks to spread the play for Munster
  • The Munster players celebrate at the final whistle. Their 8-3 win saw them make a successful start to their Interpro title defence
  • Ireland Women's head coach Tom Tierney catches up with Niamh Briggs, who captained his side to Six Nations glory earlier this year
  • Leinster's Jennie Finlay is tackled by Ulster forwards Imogen Porter and Niamh Fitzgerald
  • International back rower Paula Fitzpatrick makes a strong carry for Leinster during the first half
  • Suttonians winger Amy Cotter dives over to score Leinster's second try against Ulster
  • Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton dots down for Leinster during their Interpro opener
  • Ulster's young scrum half Kathryn Dane waits to feed the ball into a scrum
  • Leinster scrum half Ailsa Hughes get the ball away under pressure from her Ulster counterpart Kathryn Dane
  • Cliodhna Moloney of Railway Union leads an attack for Leinster during their 38-0 victory away to Ulster
  • Ulster's Ireland-capped winger Amy Davis powers forward during their Interpro clash with Leinster
  • Queen's University centre Claire McLaughlin spearheads an attack for Ulster
  • Second row Ciara Cooney rises highest to claim a lineout ball for Leinster
  • Philip Doyle, who coaches the Ulster Women along with Jarrett Truscott, was hoping for an away win at Thomond Park
  • Munster centre Nicola Scully is tackled by Noreen Nethercott, who started in the Ulster back row
  • Ulster scrum half Kathryn Dane is unable to prevent Munster captain Niamh Briggs from scoring the game's opening try
  • Roisin Ormond, the Munster second row, is closed down by Ulster's Kathryn Dane and Niamh Fitzgerald
  • Munster lock Elaine Anthony is tackled by Shannon Heapes as she reaches for possession in Limerick
  • Niamh Kavanagh, one of Munster's try scorers, is put under pressure from Ulster's Claire McLaughlin and Niamh Fitzgerald
  • The rain falls as Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird and Claire McLaughlin clash during the second round tie
  • Munster's Valerie Power gets her kick away despite the best efforts of Ulster centre Grace Davitt
  • Munster winger Laura O'Mahony is denied a try during the second round clash in Limerick
  • The Ireland-capped Niamh Kavanagh gets over in the left corner for one of Munster's four second half tries
  • Mairead Coyne, Connacht's try scorer on the day, puts boot to ball
  • Paula Fitzpatrick, Leinster's powerful number 8, breaks off the back of a scrum
  • Leinster flanker Jennie Finlay tries to hand off Connacht's Jill Draper
  • Centre Aine Donnelly, who scored Leinster's third try, is tackled by Connacht's Carol Staunton
  • Leinster out-half Nora Stapleton combines with fellow Ireland international Sophie Spence
  • Leinster centre Elise O'Byrne White is sandwiched by Connacht's Grainne Egan and Edel McMahon
  • Leinster captain Ailis Egan is tackled by Connacht's tighthead prop Laura Feely
  • Leinster out-half Nora Stapleton looks to break clear of Connacht flanker Edel McMahon
  • Full-back Jeamie Deacon spread the play for the Leinster Women's team
  • Former Munster and Ireland number 8 Joy Neville was in charge of the whistle at Donnybrook
  • Head coach Wayne Falvey was hoping to see his Munster side retain the Interpro title against arch rivals Leinster
  • Leinster head coach Robert Forbes passes on some instructions to his players before kick-off at Thomond Park
  • Ireland captain Niamh Briggs leads out the Munster team for their final round clash with Leinster
  • Ireland prop Ailis Egan leads out her Leinster team for the meeting of the table-topping sides
  • Leinster captain Ailis Egan runs out at Thomond Park, closely followed by World Rugby Women's Player of the Year nominee Sophie Spence
  • A view of a Munster lineout during the Interpro title decider at sunny Thomond Park
  • Leinster half-backs Ailsa Hughes and Noa Stapleton put pressure on Munster's Laura O'Mahony
  • Munster tighthead prop Leah Lyons crashes into a tackle from Leinster's Nora Stapleton
  • Munster centre Nicola Scully is tackled by Leinster's Ireland-capped out-half Nora Stapleton
  • Leinster full-back Jeamie Deacon is tackled by Munster's Nicola Scully
  • Lineout action from the Munster v Leinster title decider in Limerick
  • Referee Helen O'Reilly awards the first try of the game which was scored by Munster prop Leah Lyons
  • Niamh Briggs aims a kick towards the posts with referee Helen O'Reilly in the backgroun
  • Leinster scrum half Ailsa Hughes releases the ball away from a ruck
  • Munster centre Niamh Kavanagh, who was capped by Ireland on the wing, makes a break
  • Leah Lyons, the Munster tighthead prop, tackles Amy Cotter as the Leinster winger tries to gather possession
  • Leinster centre Elise O'Byrne White is sandwiched by two Munster players
  • Munster number 8 Heather O'Brien is tackled by Leinster's Karla Dunne
  • Munster backs Laura O'Mahony and Niamh Kavanagh celebrate at the final whistle
  • Elaine Anthony shows her delight at the final whistle as she celebrates with her Highfield and Munster colleague Heather O'Brien
  • The Leinster players thank their fans in the stand after the 15-7 defeat
  • Marie Louise Reilly congratulates her international colleague Niamh Briggs as Leinster clap their Munster counterparts off the pitch
  • A delighted Niamh Briggs raises the Interpro trophy aloft for champions Munster
  • Out-half and captain Niamh Briggs raises the trophy for the victorious Munster side
  • The extended Munster squad pose with the trophy after winning their third match of the Interpro campaign
  • It is celebration time for Niamh Briggs, Niamh Kavanagh and the rest of the Munster players
  • Number 8 Heather O'Brien holds the trophy as Munster's Highfield contingent celebrate their Interpro success in Limerick
  • Victorious Munster captain Niamh Briggs is pictured with some of the young fans from the province
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