Paula Fitzpatrick rescues Ireland from Women’s RWC defeat to Japan

• Replacement scores two tries as Ireland fight back from 14-0 down
• Wales beaten 15-0 by Canada despite improved display

Two tries from the replacement Paula Fitzpatrick spared Ireland’s blushes against Japan as the Women’s World Cup hosts came from 14-0 down to clinch victory and keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive.

Japan, having conceded 72 points to France in their opening match, moved into a commanding lead at half-time with a penalty try and a score from the full-back Mayu Shimizu to leave Ireland shell-shocked.

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