4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
ENGLAND 22 IRELAND 11, Drachten
The Ireland Women's team lost out to England in their tier A semi-final. Having trailed by 12-3 at half-time, Simon Broughton's side put in a brave performance but the English proved too strong.
Ireland will now face France in the 3rd-4th place play-off, while England remain favourites to overcome Wales in the final and lift the overall title.
Full report to follow...
IRELAND WOMEN'S TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (2008 FIRA-AER Women's European Championship semi-final, Drachten, Tuesday, May 21, kick-off 7pm Irish time):
Jackie Shiels (Richmond); Jeannette Feighery (UL Bohemians), Grace Davitt (Blackrock), Shannon Houston (Blackrock), Lynne Cantwell (UL Bohemians); Jo O'Sullivan (Richmond), Tania Rosser (Blackrock); Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians), Jess Limbert (Cooke), Marie Barrett (Highfield), Caroline Mahon (UL Bohemians), Germaine Healy (Blackrock) (capt), Eimear O'Sullivan (Highfield), Sinead Ryan (Blackrock), Joy Neville (UL Bohemians).
Replacements: Emer McManamly (Blackrock), Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians), Orla Brennan (Blackrock), Debbie Clarke (Blackrock), Louise Austin (Blackrock), Kate O'Loughlin (Clonmel), Amy Davis (Cooke), Louise Beamish (UL Bohemians), Niamh Briggs (Clonmel), Carol Staunton (St. Mary's), Helen Brosnan (Highfield).