Ireland edge out Australia in World Cup opener

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Ireland beat Australia 19-17

By Richard O'Reilly

Ireland got off to a winning start in the Women's Rugby World Cup with a 19-17 victory over Australia.

The girls in green ran in three tries to open their account with a victory in at the UCD Bowl.

Muldoon, Griffin and Spence were the try-scorers on the day, with Stapleton converting two of them.

In the other Pool C game, France beat Japan 72-14 to go top of the group after the opening round of fixtures..

Next up for Ireland is their second group C match against Japan on Sunday, again at the UCD Bowl.

Elsewhere in Pool B, defending champions England opened up their account with a convincing 56-5 victory over Spain, while the USA beat Italy 24-12.

In Pool A New Zealand beat Wales 44-12, while Canada thumped Hong Kong 98-0.

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