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Summary

  1. World Cup semis: NZ v USA, England v France
  2. Matches to take place on Tuesday, 22 August
  3. Ireland & Wales in fifth - eighth place play-offs
  4. France score three tries to end hopes of hosts Ireland 21-5
  5. Marlie Packer scores twice as England beat USA 47-26
  6. Doubles for Kavanagh-Williams & Harries as Wales beat Hong Kong 39-15

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By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Onto the semi-finals

FT: France 21-5 Ireland

So here's your semi-final line-up:

  • Pool B winners England play pool C winners France (17:00 BST)
  • Pool A winners New Zealand play the best runner-up USA (19:45 BST)

We're back on Tuesday 22 August for those games.

Thanks for those who popped in to read my marathon live text.

And I hope to see you next week.

Goodnight!

'First half let us down'

FT: France 21-5 Ireland

Ireland captain Claire Molloy speaking on ITV:

"Credit to France, they ran around us in the first-half and we let them in too easily. We had too much of a mountain to climb and the French defence held strong.

"It's disappointing but we will have to build from that. We are delighted we got the try at the end."

Full-time

France 21-5 Ireland

Ireland finish with a flourish but it's France who are through to the semi-finals with a classy performance in Dublin.

They go on to face England, who beat USA 47-26 earlier in the day, in Belfast next week.

But USA also sneak through to the semi-finals as the best-placed runners-up - a tough task lies ahead though as they meet New Zealand in the last four.

Try - Moloney, missed con Tyrrell

France 21-5 Ireland

Or not.

Ireland eventually get on the board through replacement Cliodhna Moloney.

Finally something to cheer for the Irish.

Ireland get a try.
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France 21-0 Ireland

One last effort then from the Irish, who've spent the entire second 40 in the French half.

Katie Fitzhenry fizzes a ball out to the left wing but it flies past two Irish players and into touch. That's that then.

The luck has not been with the Irish this evening.

France 21-0 Ireland

France number 8 Safi N'Diaye
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But this has been a masterclass from the French, who have shone in attack, and put in a flawless defensive effort led by number eight Safi N'Diaye.

And after a sunny day in Dublin, the heavens have opened and the rain sweeps ferociously across the stadium. But it's a bit too late for the Irish.

France 21-0 Ireland

After an exhilarating first 40, this half has been a bit flat.

After four tries before the break, France have played a controlled game and let Ireland throw the kitchen sink at them, without any success.

Ireland are back in possession and they'll keep going to the end - even if it's in a sideways direction.

Paula Fitzpatrick can't find a way through on the far side as France slow the ball down.

And Heather O'Brien knocks on.

France 21-0 Ireland

So with 10 minutes left to play here in Dublin, it's France who are on their way to a semi-final clash with England in Belfast.

The scoreboard hasn't changed this half - it's been all Ireland but the hosts have lacked injection and pace - and they won't be progressing to the semi-finals.

Irish captain Claire Molloy continues to dig away, but Julie Annery turns it over for France and Montserrat Amedee launches a clearing kick high into the night.

Montserrat Amedee of France
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France 21-0 Ireland

France have upped the tempo again as Marjorie Mayans floats a little inside pass to Caroline Ladagnous - they're just showing off now.

But, as the French can so often do, a period of sublime passing is followed by a miserable knock-on and Ireland will come again.

France 21-0 Ireland

Ireland have had an incredible 98% possession in the last 10 minutes but are still without a point in this game.

They've looked short of ideas in attack despite hammering on the door, and after a fast start, the French have just sat back and absorbed the pressure.

French defence
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France 21-0 Ireland

Agonisingly close for Ireland, who are camped on the French line.

They are throwing everything at this French defence but Ciara Griffin is held up over the line and it will be a French put-in at the scrum.

This is comfortable for Les Bleus.

France 21-0 Ireland

The Irish are unable to force their way through the French squad.
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Plenty of spirit from the Irish, but that was easy for France to defend.

Ireland need to put pace on the ball and look to their runners - there's no way through in the forwards at the moment and time is running out.

At the moment it will be England v France and New Zealand v USA in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

France 21-0 Ireland

Marie-Louise Reilly plucks the ball out of the darkening skies in Dublin as she looks to put her side on the front foot from the line-out.

Ireland have France retreating as Lindsay Peat puts in another huge run, but Ireland are failing to penetrate so far.

France number eight Safi N'Diaye, who's been in full-force all evening, drives an Irish shirt backwards as the French brick wall stands strong.

A huge effort from the hosts but they're getting nowhere.

France 21-0 Ireland

Ireland are getting frustrated.

Lindsay Peat collects the overthrow from the line-out but throws the ball forward with the try-line beckoning.

The crowd are still cheering their side but Ireland's World Cup dream is fading away.

France 21-0 Ireland

That's the luck of the Irish. Their line-out finds Sophie Spence who spills the ball all too easily but the referee says it went backwards and Ireland are allowed to build.

They win another penalty which is taken quickly by scrum-half Nicole Cronin and it's on to captain Claire Molloy to lead the Irish charge.

France are holding strong though, their defence has been unbreakable so far this evening.

Ireland are struggling to break through the French defence.
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France 21-0 Ireland

Ireland with a solid scrum as they look to run the ball from deep and there's a high tackle from Caroline Ladagnous on Irish winger Alison Miller.

Ireland kick the ball down field and they have good field position here.

Thirty minutes to start clawing back that French lead and keep themselves in this World Cup.

France 21-0 Ireland

Big blow for France as Menager goes off, she's arguably been player of the tournament so far (alongside Portia Woodman) #WRWC2017

It looked like an injury to flanker Romane Menager.

France's Romane Menager.
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France 21-0 Ireland

But it's France, with 14 players, who are looking the most likely to score.

Ireland are letting the French run at them again and missing tackles.

The TMO intervenes and there's a high tackle from Claire Molloy and France get the penalty on the halfway line.

France 21-0 Ireland

France's ill-discipline strikes again, Corson has been immense in every match. France now have 4 yellows in WCup2017

France 21-0 Ireland

But it's frustration for the home crowd.

Ireland have missed the opportunity there as Nicole Cronin takes the ball at pace and knocks it forward.

Still plenty of time for the Irish to attack the 14 women of France.

But that's a huge scrum from the French and they get themselves out of a tricky situation.

Sin-bin - Corson

France 21-0 Ireland

There's no warning from the referee and that's a yellow card for French lock Lenaig Corson.

The double penalty did it and she's off for 10 minutes.

Ireland have to capitalise.

Lenaig Corson
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France 21-0 Ireland

We've got our first scrum of the second half, and this could be a marker of what's to come.

There's a counter-surge from France but Ireland number eight Paula Fitzpatrick picks up off the back and Ireland are running close here.

There's a penalty advantage coming as the women in green edge towards the line.

A surge from Ciara Griffin who is now inches from the whitewash, but the referee comes back.

Kick-off

France 21-0 Ireland

The second half is under way.

Ireland have a mammoth task ahead of them to stop this majestic French side.

BBC commentary team in Dublin

HT: France 21-0 Ireland

As well as my live text, you can follow live radio commentary with the team below in Dublin on 5 live sports extra.

Just click the link at the top of this page.

Sara Orchard, Kat Merchant and Jim Neilly
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England's 2014 World Cup winner Kat Merchant on duty at the UCD Bowl with Five Live's Sara Orchard and Radio Ulster's Jim Neilly

'Stunned silence at UCD Bowl'

HT: France 21-0 Ireland

BBC Sport NI's Orla Bannon at the UCD Bowl:

Twenty five minutes in and we get the first rendition of 'Fields of Athenry'.

Forty minutes in and it's stunned silence around the ground as harsh reality begins to sink in.

There's only one team in this and the sun is setting on Ireland's World Cup dream.

Half-time

France 21-0 Ireland

A bit of a disastrous half for Ireland. But France have been in sublime form.

They've had runners in every area of the pitch, linked up well and denied Ireland any possession.

An almost flawless first-half performance means they're on the way to the semi-finals... at the moment.

France 21-0 Ireland

Lenaig Corson battles through Irish tackle.
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Time still for France to make yet another break as lock Lenaig Corson runs through the first tackle. The second-rower looked more like a winger there.

Ireland fly-half Nora Stapleton comes to her side's rescue as she gets back to prevent the try.

One minute to play here in Dublin.

France 21-0 Ireland

Three minutes until the break but that's plenty of time for France winger Chloe Pelle to burst through the Irish defence.

Hearts in mouths time for Ireland but she eventually throws the ball forward.

Ireland have missed the first tackle on so many occasions so far this evening.

France 21-0 Ireland

Interesting scenes at the line-out.

France are standing off the Irish catcher, meaning the ball cannot be transferred back.

It makes for a very odd scene as a cluster of Irish forwards walk gingerly towards the France line, shielding the ball and waiting for them to engage.

Another area where France are in complete control.

France 21-0 Ireland

In typical French fashion, the women in blue have been flinging the ball around the field all half.

It's their flair which has seen them storm into a 21-point lead with just under 10 minutes before the break.

Ireland need to get some points on the board, sharpish.

Converted try - Ladagnous, Amadee

France 21-0 Ireland

That was outstanding. What a try from France!

Elodie Poublan started off the move with a sublime offload to winger Chloe Pelle before Caroline Ladagnous eventually crossed for another five points.

Montserrat Amadee, who's made quite an impression this evening, adds another two points and France are running away with this.

France celebrate as  Caroline Ladagnous scores another try.
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France 14-0 Ireland

A good tactical kick from Nora Stapleton as Ireland look to steal the French line-out deep inside the French half.

France go long and collect safely but the ball is eventually stolen by lock Sophie Spence - Ireland are competing well now.

But once again they can't make the French pay as the referee blows his whistle for holding on.

France 14-0 Ireland

Ireland have found a way back into this game but the French defence is holding strong and they haven't been able to make a decisive break.

France with the put-in at the scrum - a good feed and the ball is sent wide to full-back Montserrat Amedee who just ghosts past a couple of Irish defenders. She's started well.

Nicole Cronin gets across to tackle though and France are penalised for offside.

France 14-0 Ireland

Ireland are showing spirit here though.

A good carry from full-back Hannah Tyrrell but France are doing all they can to slow down the ball at the breakdown and Ireland's progress is slow.

The ball goes wide to Jenny Murphy as they try to work the short side but they can't get over that gain line. And the ball is spilled forward.

Jenny Murphy of Ireland trying to keep possession.
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France 14-0 Ireland

Ireland have their first real period of possession as fly-half Nora Stapleton hoists the ball into touch from the penalty.

The line-out is collected safely by Marie-Louise Reilly but the French stand off the catcher and Ireland transfer the ball back illegally. I think.

The referee didn't like it anyway. And France have the ball back.

Ireland still missing tackles

France 14-0 Ireland

BBC Sport NI's Orla Bannon at the UCD Bowl:

"Ireland missed 47 tackles in their unconvincing wins over Australia and Japan.

"It was an area they knew they had to tighten up to be competitive against France, but already they must be close to double figures here."

France 14-0 Ireland

Just a reminder - this is a winner takes all match. Ireland have to win to make the semi-finals.

But it's France who have taken this game by the scruff of the neck.

Ireland need to get on par, and quickly.

France 14-0 Ireland

We may be in Ireland, but it's the French national anthem which rings around the stadium.

The French are in fine form both on and off the field at the moment.

Once again the Irish defence are stretched as the French backs flood into the Irish 22.

But that's good work from Ciara Griffin who gets her hands over the ball and France are penalised for not releasing.

Converted try - Ladagnous, con Amedee

France 14-0 Ireland

France's Caroline Ladagnous scores second try
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Fourteen minutes gone and it's a second French try.

It all started at the scrum but its Caroline Ladagnous who finishes off the move. All too easy.

And just to rub salt in the Irish wounds, Montserrat Amedee slots a tricky conversion straight through the uprights.

Things just aren't going well for Ireland.

France 7-0 Ireland

A more solid scrum from Ireland as they defend for their lives on the five-metre line.

France are told to use it as progress stops and now it's a chance for the backs.