Three Irish players were named in the Women's Rugby World Cup dream team that was announced yesterday. Fullback Niamg Briggs, lock Marie Louise Reilly and hooker Gill Bourke were all named in the side that was voted for by fans.
Speaking after the 3rd/4th place play-off defeat to France, Ireland Women's head coach Philip Doyle said: "Semi-final of a World Cup, ranked fourth - I'm absolutely thrilled with that. It's one step, we've learned a huge amount at this World Cup. We'll put it in the bank now and hopefully, in three years' time at the next World Cup, another Irish team will be there (competing in the last-four)."
In giving their take on Ireland's World Cup semi-final defeat, captain Fiona Coghlan and her front row colleague Gillian Bourke both suggested that the team played as individuals rather than a unit during the match.
The Ireland squad got their first taste of the new Canterbury training kit with new sponsor Three on board. Check out the gear as Cian Healy, Tommy Bowe and Devin Toner give us their thoughts and register for updates on shop.irishrugby.ie.
England stand in the way of the Ireland Women making further history by qualifying for their first ever Women's Rugby World Cup final. A mouth-watering clash awaits at Stade Jean Bouin as the girls in green bid to make it four wins out of four.
Speaking ahead of the Women's World Cup semi-final against England, Ireland head coach Philip Doyle said: "We're really looking forward to it, it's going to be a great occasion. I'm sure it will be like any another massive game in that it's all down to percentages."
Ireland will have double the interest in the semi-finals of the Women's Rugby World Cup with the news that Helen O'Reilly has been appointed to referee the game between hosts France and Canada on Wednesday night.