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'I am a bit of the eternal optimist. But like everyone, there is always a balance'
# Sene Naoupu
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# Sene Naoupu

'I am a bit of the eternal optimist. But like everyone, there is always a balance'

Apr 16th 2021, 5:27 PM 6,361 Views 0 Comments

Sene Naoupu on being grateful, growing the game, and taking on France.

'She has this rawness to her... Imagine where she could get to in even four or five years'
# BOD
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# BOD

'She has this rawness to her... Imagine where she could get to in even four or five years'

Apr 17th 2021, 8:25 AM 10,255 Views 10 Comments

Brian O’Driscoll reflects on Ireland’s performance against Wales and looks ahead to the challenge that France will pose.

'Maybe I'm naive, but I'm going out to play France and I want to put on a big performance'
# Beibhinn Parsons
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# Beibhinn Parsons

'Maybe I'm naive, but I'm going out to play France and I want to put on a big performance'

Apr 16th 2021, 5:28 PM 1,434 Views 1 Comment

Eyes? Pressure? Les Bleues? Bring them all on, says Ireland’s 19-year-old star woman, Béibhinn Parsons.

'There's a gap there already and if we continue to let it grow, there will be no catching up'
# Fiona Coghlan
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# Fiona Coghlan

'There's a gap there already and if we continue to let it grow, there will be no catching up'

Apr 16th 2021, 5:29 PM 209 Views 0 Comments

Former Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan wants to see better pathways put in place in the women’s game.

'No better feeling for Hannah to win Player of the Match when she was supposed to get married'
# Adam Griggs
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# Adam Griggs

'No better feeling for Hannah to win Player of the Match when she was supposed to get married'

Apr 16th 2021, 5:29 PM 516 Views 0 Comments

Adam Griggs pays tribute to the Ireland out-half who impressed against Wales after her nuptials were postponed.

TRAILBLAZERS SERIES

'She was one of a kind': Why Rosie Stewart's legacy still lives on for Irish women's rugby
# Trailblazers
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# Trailblazers

'She was one of a kind': Why Rosie Stewart's legacy still lives on for Irish women's rugby

Apr 17th 2021, 9:36 AM 5,105 Views 0 Comments

In the third part of our new series, we hear how the former Ireland player played a pivotal role in Ulster before her tragic passing at the age of 33.

'I was aware we weren't accepted': The journey of Ireland's first-ever women's rugby captain
# Jill Henderson
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# Jill Henderson

'I was aware we weren't accepted': The journey of Ireland's first-ever women's rugby captain

Apr 16th 2021, 5:30 PM 190 Views 0 Comments

In the second part of our new series, Trailblazers, Jill Henderson speaks about turning down England, establishing an Irish team and their lasting legacy.

PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS

Ireland find cohesion in time for France face-off with Six Nations title decider on the line
# Ireland V France
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# Ireland V France

Ireland find cohesion in time for France face-off with Six Nations title decider on the line

Apr 17th 2021, 8:35 AM 2,129 Views 0 Comments

Adam Griggs’ side welcome the French to Energia Park this afternoon.

20-year-old Wall's dominant display underlines her potential for Ireland
# Analysis
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# Analysis

20-year-old Wall's dominant display underlines her potential for Ireland

Apr 16th 2021, 5:32 PM 311 Views 0 Comments

The Munster flanker was superb in last weekend’s big win over Wales.