LARISSA MULDOON and Nora Stapleton played their part as Ireland recorded a historic victory over England in Athlone on Saturday in the RBS Women’s Six Nations.
The Irish defeated England 25-0 in what was Ireland’s first victory over England, who had won six of the last seven Grand Slams. Ireland had lost their last 17 consecutive matches against England.
Three first half tries from Alison Miller and one from Niamh Briggs handed Phillip Doyle’s side a 25-0 win. England, 76-0 winners over Scotland last weekend, had the wind behind them in the second period, but an immediate sin-binning for their experienced loosehead prop Rochelle Clark kept them on the back foot.
The result leaves Ireland just 80 minutes away from their first ever Triple Crown, and puts them in pole position to challenge for the championship.
Muldoon, who is from Cappry and a student in Cardiff, played scrum-half in the win and Fahan native Stapleton, who played Gaelic football for Donegal and is on the books of Old Belvedere and Leinster, started at fly-half.