At the Rugby World Cup Sevens England was defeated by Ireland, which shocked the England team. The match had been held in San Francisco; Ireland had been on a winning spree in this tournament, winning the Women’s Trophy against Russia in the finals which were held in the month of June.
England women’s team was out of the competition when they were beaten by Ireland with a score of 19-14. This defeat got England into the Challenge event; here they beat their opponent Mexico with a score of 59-0. This was in the quarter finals. Ireland lost with a score of 45-0 against New Zealand; this happened in the quarter finals of the Championship.
IRFU needs a new sponsor for the title of All Ireland League since the existing title sponsor; Ulster Bank has decided to step down. It is unlikely that the Union would be able to attract a sponsor in time before the 2018-19 season commences. The Ulster Bank has taken the decision to step down after being the title sponsor for nine years. This is the final year for the current format of the league that is split into divisions 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2C. The fixtures are already announced.
Ulster Bank had taken over sponsorship position for All Ireland League since 2010 when they succeeded AIB who had held that position for the previous timeline of 13 years. The original sponsors of the tournament had been an Insurance Corporation of Ireland.