Women's RWC day three round-up: Ireland miss out as England and New Zealand book semi-finals
Last Updated: 18/08/17 9:44am
Day three of the Women's World Cup took place on Thursday in Dublin. Find out who booked their places in the semi-finals and who missed out below...
Ireland 5-21 France
Hosts Ireland missed out on a place in the World Cup semi-finals as they were beaten 21-5 in their crunch Pool C clash with France.
France scored all their points in the first half at the UCD Bowl in Dublin and, despite dominating possession and territory after the break, Ireland were unable to get back into the game.
Romane Menager crossed early and Caroline Ladagnous touched down twice as France secured top spot in the pool and a last-four clash with England.
Ireland, who will have to make do with a place in the play-offs for fifth place, managed a last-minute consolation try through Cliodhna Moloney.
England 47-26 USA
Marlie Packer led the charge with two tries as defending champions England swatted the USA aside 47-26 to book their place in the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
Emily Scarratt, Katy McLean, Amy Wilson-Hardy and Amy Cockayne all also claimed scores, with a penalty try rounding off another rout as Simon Middleton's side topped Pool B.
The USA scrambled a try bonus point in defeat however, thanks to scores from Kate Zackary, Cheta Emba, Naya Tapper and Kristen Thomas.
But England were not to be denied safe passage to the last four with a powerful win in Dublin, Middleton's side joining New Zealand in reaching the semi-finals.
Those USA tries were to prove crucial, however, as they booked a semi-final place as the best runners-up of the three pools.
Canada 5-48 New Zealand
New Zealand also gained their place in the semi-finals on Thursday after crushing Canada 48-5 to finish top of Pool A.
The Black Ferns, four-time World Cup winners, recorded a third successive bonus-point victory, scoring eight tries to inflict a first defeat of the tournament on their opponents.
Prop Aldora Itunu led the way with a hat-trick, while there were also tries for Selica Winiata, Stacey Waaka, Kelly Brazier, Fiao'o Fa'amausili and Renee Wickliffe, with Brazier adding one conversion and scrum-half Kendra Cocksedge booting three.
Italy 8-22 Spain
Spain claimed third place in Pool B with a hard-fought 22-8 victory over winless Italy at the UCD Bowl in Dublin.
Tries in the second half from Anne Fernandez, Iera Echebarria and Marina Bravo saw the Spanish finally break clear after the scores had been locked at 3-3 at the interval.
The influential Patricia Garcia kicked the first-half penalty and converted two of the tries. Italy, who had led early on with Michela Sillari's penalty, scored a late consolation touchdown through Sara Barattin.
Wales 39-15 Hong Kong
Wales recovered from a stumbling first-half performance to end their Women's World Cup pool campaign with victory over tournament minnows Hong Kong.
Wales, seeking a first win of the competition in Dublin following losses to New Zealand and Canada, trailed midway through the first half before pulling away and claiming a 39-15 success.