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A Century Of Games For Ireland Women

A Century Of Games For Ireland Women

Fiona Coghlan will lead the Ireland Women’s squad out against England at Esher RFC on Sunday in what will be a milestone game for Women’s rugby in Ireland. This will be the 100th capped game for the national side.

Sunday, February 28, 2010 will be an historic day for Women’s rugby in Ireland as it marks the 100th game played by the Ireland Women’s side.

Valentine’s Day back in 1993 marked the debut of the Ireland Women on the international circuit.

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In the intervening years, Women’s rugby in Ireland has grown in popularity and playing numbers and when Fiona Coghlan leads the team out at Esher on Sunday it will mark the 100th capped international game for the girls in green.

Ireland’s current captain has her own record now. The recent game against France marked her 50th cap, meaning she has played in half of Ireland’s 99 fixtures to date.

Ireland have played all the big names in Women’s rugby and have also taken part in matches against Kazakhstan, Spain and the Netherlands.

The stats so far read: played 99, won 28, lost 70 and drawn 1.

The first few seasons were tough as they women established themselves on the international scene but recent seasons have seen fresh faces in the squad and some amazing wins.

Last season saw them finish third in the RBS Women’s 6 Nations behind powerhouses England and Wales, albeit that they beat France along the way.

Former Ireland Women’s press officer and now editor of www.ScrumQueens.com, Alison Donnelly, spoke this week about her time with the squad:

“My time as the IWRFU PRO was a real pleasure, sitting alongside great characters and hard workers like the late Mark Andrews, Rohan West, Grainne O’Connell, Susan Carty and Deirdre Lynch,” she said.

“Our meetings were never short a robust argument or two, but the foundations set in stone then had in no doubt a major part to play in the development of the Irish game.”

Alison’s blog about the 100th game is available in full on ScrumQueens.comclick here.

Caitriona Bergin, a member of the St. Mary’s College Women’s squad and formerly a Development Officer with Leinster, is now a Rugby Development Officer (Women’s & Game Promotion) with the IRFU.

She has been at the coalface of the Women’s game. She is delighted with the milestone game.

“The 100th capped game is a real milestone for Women’s rugby in Ireland,” said Bergin.

“When we started out there would have been a lot of sceptics out there but the Women’s game has gone from strength to strength and the number of clubs with Women’ss teams now is evidence of that growth.

“Reaching 100 capped games for the national side is wonderful and reflective of the growth of Women’s rugby worldwide.

“Like the men’s game, it represents the pinnacle of rugby and for players like Fiona Coghlan and Tania Rosser who played in many of those games, it is a source of great pride to represent their country.”

Bergin feels that the Women’s game can grow further and can help clubs to increase their membership numbers.

“The challenge now is to take the game to the next level. In the early years we struggled against the more established countries but in recent years the levels of fitness, training and back-up have improved significantly and the team are more and more competitive.

“We can now talk about beating the bigger teams realistically and that is wonderful. It raises the profile of the game and attracts more women to the game and to club rugby which can only be good for clubs.”


1993-02-14 Scotland 10-0 Ireland Raeburn Place, Edinburgh 
1994-02-13 Ireland  0-5  Scotland Ravenhill, Belfast
1994-04-15 (WC) France  31-0  Ireland West of Scotland RFC
1994-04-17 (WC) United States  76-0  Ireland Boroughmuir
1994-04-20 (WC) Scotland  10-3  Ireland Melrose
1994-04-23 (WC) Ireland  11-3  Japan Boroughmuir
1995-02-20 Scotland  20-3  Ireland Myreside, Edinburgh
1995-03-05 Ireland  10-39  France Dublin
1996-01-21 (HN) Ireland  0-21  Scotland Blackrock
1996-03-03 (HN) Wales  6-22  Ireland Old Belvedere RFC, Dublin 
1996-03-17 (HN) England  12-8  Ireland Sunbury 
1997-01-26 (HN) Wales  32-5  Ireland Bridgend 
1997-02-09 (HN) Ireland  0-32  England Limerick
1997-02-23 (HN) Scotland  28-3  Ireland Pennypit, Edinburgh
1997-04-02 (FIRA) Spain  27-0  Ireland Nice, France 
1997-04-04 (FIRA) Italy  13-5  Ireland Nice, France
1997-04-06 (FIRA) Germany  0-16  Ireland Nice, France 
1997-11-09 Germany  6-32  Ireland Hamburg
1998-02-08 (HC) Ireland  0-15  Scotland Old Belvedere, Dublin]
1998-03-22 (HC) Ireland  10-27  Wales Old Crescent RFC, Rosbrien
1998-04-05 (HC) England  62-8  Ireland Worcester
1998-05-02 (WC) Australia  21-0  Ireland Amsterdam
1998-05-05 (WC) Ireland  6-12  Kazakhstan Amsterdam
1998-05-09 (WC) Netherlands  18-21  Ireland Amsterdam
1998-05-12 (WC) Ireland  20-5  Italy Amsterdam
1998-05-15 (WC) Ireland  10-26  Kazakhstan Amsterdam
1999-02-07 (5N) Ireland  0-24  France Dublin 
1999-02-28 (5N) Wales  26-0  Ireland Venue unknown
1999-03-07 (5N) Ireland  0-56  England Dublin
1999-03-21 (5N) Scotland  22-5  Ireland Inverleith, Edinburgh
2000-05-08 (FIRA) France  41-14  Ireland El Ejido, Spain
2000-05-10 (FIRA) Ireland  15-31  Kazakhstan Vera, Spain
2000-05-13 (FIRA) Ireland  19-12  Netherlands El Ejido, Spain
2001-02-0? Spain  42-0  Ireland Madrid
2001-02-16 Ireland  0-53  France Dublin 
2001-05-06 (FIRA) France  45-9  Ireland Marquette lez Lille, France 
2001-05-10 (FIRA) Ireland  10-15  Wales Lille, France 
2001-05-12 (FIRA) Ireland  9-8  Italy Lille, France 
2001-10-24 Netherlands  0-15  Ireland Amsterdam 
2002-02-03 (6N) Ireland  5–13  Wales Thormond Park, Limerick
2002-02-17 (6N) England  79-0 Ireland Worcester 
2002-03-02 (6N) Ireland  0–13  Scotland Limerick
2002-03-25 (6N) Ireland  6–8  Spain Limerick 
2002-04-05 (6N) France  46–0  Ireland Melun 
2002-05-13 (WC) Canada  57-0  Ireland Barcelona
2002-05-17 (WC) Ireland  0-22  Samoa Barcelona
2002-05-20 (WC) Germany  0-18  Ireland Barcelona
2002-05-24 (WC) Ireland  0-18  Japan Barcelona
2003-02-1? (6N) Scotland  25–0  Ireland Netherdale (Gala)
2003-02-2? (6N) Spain  0–16  Ireland Madrid
2003-03-09 (6N) Ireland  0–20  France Limerick
2003-03-21 (6N) Wales  17–0  Ireland Cardiff Arms Park
2003-03-28 (6N) Ireland  3–46  England Thomond Park RFC, Limerick
2004-02-15 (6N) France  22-5  Ireland Savigny sur Orge, Paris
2004-02-21 (6N) Ireland  13-14  Wales Thomond Park, Limerick
2004-03-06 (6N) England  51-0  Ireland Twickenham, London
2004-03-20 (6N) Ireland  7-8  Spain Thomond Park, Limerick
2004-03-27 (6N) Ireland  0-17  Scotland Thomond Park, Limerick 
2004-05-01 (FIRA) Ireland  7-24  Wales Toulouse, France
2004-05-05 (FIRA) Ireland  14-5  Italy Toulouse, France 
2004-05-08 (FIRA) Ireland  20-12  Spain Toulouse, France
2004-11-14 Ireland  55-0  Japan Donnybrook, Dublin
2005-02-05 (6N) Spain  19-17  Ireland Campo Central Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid
2005-02-12 (6N) Scotland  15-5  Ireland Murrayfield 
2005-02-26 (6N) Ireland  0-32  England St Mary’s College, Dublin
2005-03-13 (6N) Ireland  0-34  France Dublin
2005-03-18 (6N) Wales  6-11  Ireland Arms Park, Cardiff
2006-01-25 Ireland  5-23  United States
2006-02-04 (6N) Ireland  25-10  Spain Donnybrook, Dublin
2006-02-10 (6N) France  32-0  Ireland Montauban, Toulouse
2006-02-25 (6N) Ireland  7-14  Wales Donnybrook, Dublin
2006-03-10 (6N) Ireland  0-9  Scotland Navan
2006-03-17 (6N) England  29-10  Ireland Old Albanians, St Albans]
2006-04-29 Ireland  15-8  Canada Galway 
2006-08-31 (WC) Ireland  0-43  France St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert
2006-09-04 (WC) Ireland  11-24  United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton 
2006-09-08 (WC) Ireland  37-0  South Africa St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert
2006-09-12 (WC) Ireland  10-11  Scotland St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert]
2006-09-16 (WC) Ireland  14-18  Australia Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton 
2007-02-03 (6N) Wales  10-5  Ireland Taffs Well RFC, Cardiff 
2007-02-10 (6N) Ireland  10-13  France St Mary’s RFC, Dublin 
2007-02-25 (6N) Ireland  0-32  England Thomond Park, Limerick
2007-03-10 (6N) Scotland  6-18  Ireland Meggetland, Edinburgh 
2007-03-17 (6N) Italy  12-17  Ireland Tre Fontane, Rome
2008-02-01 (6N) Ireland  19-0  Italy St Mary’s RFC, Dublin
2008-02-10 (6N) France  26-17  Ireland St Gratien 
2008-02-22 (6N) Ireland  13-3  Scotland St Mary’s RFC, Dublin]
2008-03-07 (6N) Ireland  10-19  Wales St Mary’s RFC, Dublin
2008-03-15 (6N) England  17-7  Ireland London Irish
2008-05-17 (FIRA) Ireland  41-7  Spain Amsterdam
2008-05-20 (FIRA) England  22-11  Ireland Drachten, Netherlands 
2008-05-24 (FIRA) France  22-22  Ireland Amsterdam
2009-02-06 (6N) Ireland  7-5  France Ashbourne, County Meath
2009-02-14 (6N) Italy  17-35  Ireland Stadio M.Natali, Colleferro
2009-02-27 (6N) Ireland  13-29  England St Mary’s RFC, Dublin
2009-03-13 (6N) Scotland  0-23  Ireland Meggetland
2009-03-21 (6N) Wales  13-10  Ireland Taffs Well
2010-02-05 (6N) Ireland  22-5  Italy Ashbourne
2010-02-12 (6N) France  19-9  Ireland Stade des Allées, Blois, Loir-et-Cher

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