Ireland to miss Women’s Six Nations final after defeat to France

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Ireland To Miss Women’s Six Nations Final After Defeat To France
Ireland's Beibhinn Parsons and France's Cyrielle Banet during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Energia park, Donnybrook. Photo: PA Images.
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By PA Sport Staff

Ireland missed out on a place in the Women’s Six Nations final against England after a 56-15 defeat to France in Dublin.

A 45-0 victory over Wales last weekend boosted hopes Adam Griggs’ side could progress from Group B as winners.

But France proved too strong in the end, with Caroline Boujard, Emilie Boulard, Safi N’Diaye and Cyrielle Banet all crossing in the first half, while the visitors were also awarded a penalty try.

Boujard and Banet touched down again after the interval, while Romane Menager grabbed a try midway through the second period to ensure it was France who would meet England to decide who is crowned Six Nations champions.

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Ireland fought until the end and gained reward when Emma Hooban went over late on to add to Cliodhna Moloney’s earlier try, but they had to settle for a spot in next Saturday’s third-place play-off.

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