Muldoon and Stapleton arrive in France for World Cup

Muldoon and Stapleton arrive in France for World Cup
Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton were part of the Irish squad that jetted out to France yesterday morning ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Friday.

Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton were part of the Irish squad that jetted out to France yesterday morning ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Friday.

Muldoon is a native of Cappry and lines out at scrum-half, while Stapleton, who is from Fahan, wears the No 10 jersey.

Both helped Ireland to a historic first ever Grand Slam in 2013 and this year, the girls in green finished in third place in the Six Nations table, behind winners France and runners-up England.

Philip Doyle’s side face the muscular USA first up on Friday, kicking-off at 4pm Irish time, before meeting current world champions New Zealand four days later.

Their Pool B campaign concludes with a meeting against a powerful Kazakhstan team on Saturday, August 9.

All fixtures will take place in Marcoussis, France’s National Centre of Rugby.

Topping the group would guarantee a semi-final place, although Ireland could still be amongst the top four with a strong second-place finish.

The competition runs with play-off matches deciding the final ranking order of the teams.

Ireland’s last warm-up encounter saw them defeat Wales 27-7 at Malahide RFC last Sunday.

Trailing 7-0 in the opening stages, the first Ireland score came off the boot of Stapleton.

Four tries followed for the Irish Women after the restart courtesy of Ashleigh Baxter, captain Fiona Coughlan, Alison Miller and Alis Egan sealed the win.

This victory followed up a 36-20 away win to Spain three weeks ago.

All of Ireland’s matches will be broadcast live on TG4.