The fixtures have been announced and the tickets are on sale for the pool stages of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland this year. We spoke to Tom Tierney and Niamh Briggs as they look forward to a huge year for rugby in Ireland.
Reigning champions England will kick of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Dublin with a match against Spain, while hosts Ireland will start their challenge on the opening day in UCD against Australia. Tickets for the pool stages of the Women's Rugby World Cup go on sale on Monday, January 9 at 9am.
The December edition of 'Inside Pass' - presented by Louise Galvin - features a look back at 2016 and an exclusive interview with IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora about Ireland's Sevens programme and player development.
The completion of the Asia/Oceania qualification tournament earlier today means the make-up of the pools for Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 is now complete. Japan, who qualified as Asia/Oceania 1, will join hosts Ireland, France and Australia in Pool C, while Hong Kong (Asia/Oceania 2) are the final piece of the Pool A jigsaw.
Full-back Maria Kenny and flanker Juliet Short are the two changes in personnel for Leinster's showdown with title holders Munster in the final round of the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship at Donnybrook on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).
The Munster Women made it two wins out of two in the IRFU Women's Interpros when they hosted their Connacht counterparts at Irish Independent Park. Munster hold a two-point lead at the top of the table ahead of next Saturday's final round clash with second-placed Leinster.
A second half fightback from Connacht in Cork on Saturday ensures that the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship is poised on a knife edge ahead of the final weekend of action, writes Aisling Crowe.
Following on from last weekend's impressive home win over Leinster, there are a couple more Ireland internationals integrated into the Connacht squad for their IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship showdown with Munster at Irish Independent Park on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).