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No way through: Laura Feely is tackled by France’s Marjorie Mayans and Pauline Bourdon in Saturday’s defeat

No way through: Laura Feely is tackled by France’s Marjorie Mayans and Pauline Bourdon in Saturday’s defeat

No way through: Laura Feely is tackled by France’s Marjorie Mayans and Pauline Bourdon in Saturday’s defeat

Saturday was a window of opportunity for Ireland's women. Their performance and win over Wales had generated interest, for once they were playing on a weekend free of the distractions of the men's game which was taking a brief hiatus.

The visit of a strong French team was being broadcast live on RTÉ and the sun was shining in Donnybrook. It was all set-up.


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