The Ireland Women's squad wrapped up their training for the week with the Captain's Run session at Ashbourne RFC yesterday. Check out some photos of the girls in green preparing for their Women's RBS 6 Nations clash with England.
Last August Joe Schmidt watched on as the Ireland Women defeated his native New Zealand at the Women's Rugby World Cup. He spoke to the players but did not interrupt head coach Philip Doyle's preparations. It was not the first time Schmidt had watched the girls in green in action.
There are three huge RBS 6 Nations clashes for Ireland teams against England this weekend, with the Under-20s and Women's side first up on Friday night before the sold-out headline act at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Monivea RFC hosted their first girl's national primary school blitz on Thursday night last with 16 teams taking part. With over 120 pupils from 22 schools turning up for the occasion, games kicked off at 6.30pm under flood lights with the sound of joy and laughter echoing through the woods nearby.
The Ireland Women lost a tight and tense affair with defending Women's RBS 6 Nations champions France at Ashbourne RFC on Friday, with a intercept try proving decisive in the end. Check out some photos from the round 2 game.
Ashbourne RFC, the scene of Ireland's two previous victories over les Bleues in 2009 and 2013, plays host to what promises to be an absorbing encounter between Tom Tierney's girls in green and France, the current table toppers and reigning Women's RBS 6 Nations champions.
Ireland Women's out-half Nora Stapleton is hoping that Ashbourne will once again prove a fortress when they host France tonight. The girls in green are looking to build on their 30-5 opening round victory over Italy.
The RBS 6 Nations weekend kicks off on Friday night as the Ireland Under-20 and Women's teams host France at Dubarry Park and Ashbourne respectively, before the Saturday showdown between reigning champions Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium.