Ireland women hand nine players international debuts in narrow defeat to England
Published 14/11/2015 | 18:00
A late, late try helped England to an 8-3 victory over Tom Tiernan's Six Nations champions in Ireland's first ever autumn international, at the Twickenham Stoop.
The competitive game was played in appalling conditions but there was much to admire about the performances of many of the Irish players including the six starters and three replacements who earned their first caps.
A lone penalty from Lauren Cattell giving the hosts a 3-0 lead at the interval.
Niamh Briggs failed to convert Ireland's first opportunity at points from the boot in the 43rd minute while England hooker Emma Croker was in the sin-bin.
Ireland were doing most of the attacking and were level with seven minutes remaining when Briggs found her range.
The English pack had the final say as they piled through from a five-metre lineout with replacement Noel-Smith touching down in the right corner with two minutes to go and they held on to win.