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Defeated women's rugby team still in line for third place in World Cup

THE defeated Irish women's rugby team were last night reflecting on what might have been following their loss to England in Paris.

"The mood is as expected. Everyone is a little bit quiet, a little bit low in themselves and disappointed at how the game went," said team spokeswoman Maria Boland of the 7-40 result.

The dream of Ireland winning a first ever Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final turned sour as a dominant England scored 40 points in the Paris match.

Although Ireland led in the first quarter-of-an-hour, a combination of fantastic English rucks and dominant scrums secured the prize for the British team.

Maria said that although the mood was now low: "Today they will realise they are still in for third place in the competition. From the outset that was always the aim - to get into the top four positions - and they did that very well.

"Before anyone starts talking about the Six Nations, we have still got the game on Sunday and we're still in line for third place."


Maria said the team would be spending this morning looking at videos, analysing the game and having a debriefing meeting.

In the afternoon they will have free time to recuperate from the match.

Despite last night's disappointing outcome, Maria pointed out that "we could not have imagined three weeks ago where the sport would be today".