Ireland to bid for 2017 Women’s World Cup

Women's rugby World Cup coming to Ireland.?

Women’s rugby World Cup coming to Ireland.?

The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced its bid to host the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The IRFU revealed its plans to host the pool stages of the tournament at University College Dublin before switching to Belfast for the semi-finals at Queens University Sport and the Kingspan Stadium, where the final would also be held.

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said: "Interest and participation in women's rugby continues to grow and building on this momentum we believe Ireland can deliver the best Women's Rugby World Cup to-date.

"We hope that the growing interest in women's rugby in Ireland, world leading facilities at UCD, Queens University Sport, Kingspan Stadium and our internationally recognised reputation for being one of the world's most welcoming nations will make an Irish bid the standout submission for the 2017 tournament."

IRFU Women's Rugby Ambassador Fiona Coghlan added: "The development and profile of women's sport has been fantastic in recent years and it will be a great opportunity for Ireland to showcase sport and to get more women and girls to consider taking up a team sport."

Ireland beat England at the Aviva

Robbie Henshaw's second-half try was the key score of the match

Robbie Henshaw’s second-half try was the key score of the match

IRELAND 19 ENGLAND 9

Three down, two to go after Ireland's tremendous victory over England at the Aviva Stadium.

Yes, that's the happy position for Joe Schmidt's Ireland side after a thrilling Irish win over the Red Rose on a 19-9 scoreline.

Robbie Henshaw's second-half try was the key score, as he chased onto Conor Murray's kick and athletically touched down in the corner.

It was the only try of yet another attritional, kick-fest of an International rugby Test, albeit a bit more entertaining than the French game a fortnight ago.

There must be little enough leather left on the matchball afterJohnny Sexton, Murray and English out-half George Ford belted the oval ball up and down the Aviva pitch.

Ireland's plan was sImple enough: use our good kickers, our fielding advantage, keep the pressure on with our defensive tackles and wait for England to foul.

Even Ireland's try came from that route as South African referee Craig Joubert had his arms extended for yet another penalty when Murray kicked through for Henshaw's score.

Had that ball gone to an English hand, Sexton would have had the chance to add to his four successful penalties.

Sexton did convert the try to make the score 19-3.

Ford kicked two penalties for England but they never looked like getting the try they needed to get right back into the match as Ireland's defence was solid and committed in the finish.

England have a long way to go if they are going to win the World Cup they host later this year, but for Ireland this was a 10th Test win on the bounce and there's no arguing with that.

Ireland now go to Wales on Saturday week and Scotland the week after that with dreams of a Triple Crown, a Championship and a Grand Slam very much alive.