Flying winger Beibhinn Parsons scored their only try as Ireland lost 8-7 to Spain on the opening day of the Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifier in Parma.
Missed chances and a very high error count made for a frustrating first outing for Adam Griggs’ side since April.
It is still all to play for in the four-team round-robin tournament – Ireland face host nation Italy at the same venue on Sunday (3pm local time/2pm Irish time).
The competition winners advance straight to the World Cup in New Zealand next year, while the runners-up move on to the final qualification tournament.
Check out the match photo gallery below: