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Famous day as Ireland stun New Zealand


Brendan devenney

Brendan devenney

Brendan devenney

PHILIP DOYLE'S women became the first Ireland side to crack New Zealand's aura of invincibility with a thrill-a-minute 17-14 shock over the holders at the Rugby World Cup in Paris yesterday.

They did what Irelands' men could not do last November by holding out at the death to become the first country to beat the All Black Women in this tournament since 1991.

A stunning try from left wing Alison Miller and a superb kicking performance from full-back Niamh Briggs sunk New Zealand.

"They are at the top of the world. That's where we said we wanted to be. We're not there yet," said Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan.

"This is only step two of the process. But we're on the right track."

The Irish have to beat winless Kazakhstan in the final Pool B match on Friday to make the semi-finals for the first time.