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Women’s Rugby World Cup roundup: Ireland squeeze out Australia

• Hosts hold on in thriller to secure 19-17 opening win
• Wales up against it after losing 44-12 against New Zealand

Ireland held on to claim a nailbiting 19-17 opening win over Australia at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin. The replacements Ciara Griffin and Sophie Spence scored tries to put the hosts in a commanding position midway through the second half. Australia hit back with a late converted try by Hilisha Samoa, making it a tense final few minutes for the Irish.

Ireland had gone into the game full of confidence but took some time to unlock the Australian defence until scrum-half Larissa Muldoon sneaked over. Nora Stapleton’s conversion gave the Irish a seven-point advantage but Australia hit back with Mahalia Miller reducing the deficit to two points at the interval.

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