The Ireland Women suffered a five-try defeat in their second pool outing at the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens today, as reigning World Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens champions New Zealand stormed to a 29-0 victory.
Irish Women's rugby embarks on another new journey this week when Jon Skurr's Sevens squad competes in the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens event - the first leg of the 2013/14 IRB Women's Sevens World Series.
There was double delight for the Ireland Women's squad and management in Moscow this evening as they qualified for the Rugby World Cup Sevens quarter-finals and booked their place in next season's IRB Women's Sevens World Series.
The Ireland Women put some early nerves behind them to record a terrific 12-5 win over South Africa in their opening pool match at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, with tries either side of half-time from Ashleigh Baxter and Lynne Cantwell.
Jon Skurr coached the men's team through to the Bowl final at the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai. Four years on, he has been tasked with guiding the Ireland Women through their debut Rugby World Cup Sevens appearance in Moscow.
On Friday, November 15 the IRFU Charitable Trust hosted a lunch kindly sponsored by Aon at the Clyde Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road. The lunch raises much needed funds for the IRFU Charitable Trust which supports seriously injured players.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks about bringing the positives forward from the performance against the All Blacks, the task of 'growing the group' and working on squad depth and the challenge of delivering consistently in 2014 and beyond.
An increased level of co-ordination, communications and promotion of Women's and Girls rugby across all Six Nations was agreed at the conclusion of the inaugural RBS 6 Nations - Growing the Women's Game Conference' on Thursday at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
Fergus McFadden, who helped to launch the Ulster Bank League awards in Dublin, spoke afterwards about his recovery from a fractured hand, previewed Leinster's back-to-back games against Northampton Saints and reflected on his involvement in the GUINNESS Series with Ireland.