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Ireland off to winning start

Ireland made a winning start to their 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup campaign by beating the United States 23-17 at Marcoussis.

Full-back Niamh Briggs scored a try and booted 13 points in a Group B victory that also saw prop Ailis Egan get over the line.

The Eagles - world champions back in 1991 - found tries from Lynelle Kruger and Carmen Farmer, with Kimber Rozier converting both and steering a penalty home shortly before half-time.

Next up for Ireland is Tuesday's meeting with New Zealand, who opened their campaign with a 79-5 hammering of Kazakhstan.

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