France put the lights out on Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes in Women’s RBS Six Nations

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

France put the lights out on Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes in Women’s RBS Six Nations
There was scant scent of romance on Valentine’s weekend for Donegal’s rugby fraternity in their respective clashes with France.

There was scant scent of romance on Valentine’s weekend for Donegal’s rugby fraternity in their respective clashes with France.

On Friday, Ireland went down to a 10-5 loss in the RBS Women’s Six Nations against the French and Ashbourne.

A problem at Milltown House meant there was a succession of floodlight failures and the match was delayed for over an hour in all at the Meath venue.

Nora Stapleton from Fahan was Ireland’s out-half and she was joined by scrum-half Larissa Muldoon from Ballbofey.

Katie Norris, a native of Moville who had made her international debut seven days beforehand in Florence in Ireland’s 30-5 win over Italy, was not part of the matchday 23.

Jackie Shiels from Navan, Co Meath, has family connections to the McGinty family in Townawilly, Donegal town, but didn’t make it off the replacements’ bench.

After a scoreless first half and more power outages at the start of the second, Ireland scored a 46th minute try through Ailis Egan upon the resumption.

However, France hit back to win with Caroline Boujard touching down for a try and Jessy Tremoiliére adding the conversion and a penalty.

England made up for their opening day loss to Wales by beating Italy 39-7 and the Welsh had a 39-3 victory in Scotland.

Ireland are back at Ashbourne on Friday week, February 27, against world champions England.

Meanwhile, Letterkenny native Kieran O’Gorman had to withdraw from the Irish club international against France at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday - his 31st - birthday - due to a shoulder injury. Ireland went down to a 37-12 loss.