It is a huge achievement for the side and one that is not going unnoticed with a deserved influx in coverage over the past few weeks. The squad includes a number of Munster representatives including fullback Niamh Briggs who has a personal haul of 27 points in the competition so far, including a try, two conversions and two penalties against Scotland at the weekend.
Niamh's Munster colleague Siobhan Fleming also touched for a try while Connacht winger Alison Miller adder to her 3 try tally (v England) with a further 2 tries on Sunday.
The next challenge sees Ireland Women play France Women in Ashbourne on Friday the 8th of March, with a rallying call for supporters to come out and get behind the girls in green.
Ireland Women Scorers - Tries: Alison Miller 2, Siobhan Fleming, Niamh Briggs; Cons: Niamh Briggs 2; Pens: Niamh Briggs 2
Ireland Women: Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster); Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Lynne Cantwell (Richmond/Exile), Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht); Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Larissa Muldoon (UWIC/Exile); Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster), Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sophie Spence (Mowden Park Sharks/Exile), Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster), Claire Molloy (Bristol/Exile), Joy Neville (UL Bohemians/Munster). Replacements: Stacey-Lea Kennedy (City of Derry/Ulster), Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster), Lauren Day (Waterloo/Exile), Leigh Dargan (Saracens/Exile), Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster), Amy Davis (Blackrock College/Ulster), Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster), Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians/Munster).
Womens Results & Next Fixture:
Feb 3rd: Wales Women 10 Ireland Women 12
Feb 9th: Ireland Women 25 England Women 0
Feb 23rd: Scotland Women 3 Ireland Women 30
Mar 8th: Ireland Women v France Women, Ashbourne RFC
The Ireland U20s suffered their second defeat of the campaign when they narrowly missed out to Scotland on a 21-20 score-line on Friday night.
The Mike Ruddock coached Irish side were a point down at the half-way mark (14-13) but following a sustained amount of pressure and Scotland reduced to 14 they were rewarded with a penalty try for their efforts. The home side fought back with a second Damien Hoyland try before Tommy Allan kicked the match winning conversion giving his side the one point win. Dolphin's Ryan Murphy got on the score-sheet in the opening 40.
Ireland U20 Scorers - Tries: Ryan Murphy, David Panter, Penalty try; Con: Tom Daly; Pen: Tom Daly
Ireland U20s: Darragh Leader (Galwegians/Connacht); David Panter (Corinthians/Connacht), Tom Daly (Lansdowne/Leinster), Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), Rory Scholes (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster); Steve Crosbie (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) (capt); Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster), George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons/Exiles), Chris Taylor (Malone/Ulster), Gavin Thornbury (UCD/Leinster), John Donnan (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Peadar Timmins (UCD/Leinster), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), Ryan Murphy (Dolphin/Munster). Replacements used: Mark Roche (Lansdowne/Connacht) for Scannell (2-8 mins, blood sub; 66), John Andrew (Ballymena/Ulster) for McGuigan (69), Darren Sweetnam (UCC/Munster) for Crosbie (72), John Creighton (Malone/Ulster) for McGrath (77), Eoghan Masterson (Clontarf/Leinster) for Timmins (79). Not used: Ryan Furness (Worcester Warriors/Exiles), Adam Boland (Lansdowne/Connacht), Jerry Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster).
U20s Results & Next Fixture:
Feb 1st: Wales U20s 17 Ireland U20s 15
Feb 8th: Ireland U20s 16 England U20s 15
Feb 22nd: Scotland U20s 21 Ireland U20 20
Mar 8th: Ireland U20s v France U20s, Dubarry Park
The Ireland U18 Club side drew level with their Italian counterparts 16 points apiece. An injury time try from flanker Marco Lazzaroni denied a home victory for the young Irish side.
Ireland U18 Club Scorers - Tries: Anthony McGivney, Sean O'Hagan. Pens: James Nolan 2
U18 Clubs Result & Next Fixture:
Feb 23rd: Ireland U18 ClubS 16 Italy U18 16
Mar 10th: Scotland U18s v Ireland U18 Clubs, Hamilton RFC