Ireland women are eager to finish Six Nations on a high as they build for the future Independent. As of yet, no games have been scheduled until November, which further highlights the difficulties the current squad face. Yesterday, they took to the pitch as a group for the first time since last Saturday's thumping home defeat to France. That lack of pitch time is not going to change any time soon, but it doesn't make it any less frustrating for a group of players who are so eager to learn and a coaching ticket who desperately want them to fulfil their potential.
Les Bleues began their campaign with a real statement of intent as they took the spoils in "Le Crunch" against England in Grenoble.
The French finished glorious in Pau as they beat the defending champions Ireland.
The Irish, despite, losing their two away fixtures in Twickenham and Pau, continued to show the growth of the women's game in Ireland. The Aviva Stadium hosted a women's test for the first time as Ireland beat Italy. After Les Bleues ending their title drought, the other major talking point of the Women's Six Nations Championship was the rise of the Azzurre, who finished above Scotland and Wales, with a best ever fourth place finish.
However, the Italians still failed to score a point against the top three of France, England and Ireland. Italian scrum half Sara Barattin was considered a player of the tournament.
The tournament would prove to be a roaring success for Six Nations participants as England, France and Ireland joined Canada in the semi-finals, showing the strength of the Women's Six Nations.
England would go on to be eventual winners with players such as out half and captain Katy McLean, centre Emily Scarratt and openside Maggie Alphonsi becoming household names as they helped The Red Roses reclaim the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
Towards the end of , there was another landmark moment for women's rugby and the Women's Six Nations as the first ever women were inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.