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Neve Jones and Beibhinn Parsons both score twice as Ireland thrash Colombia

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Ireland players celebrate victory following the WXV 3 2023 match between Ireland and Colombia at The Sevens Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Christopher Pike - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Neve Jones and Beibhinn Parsons crossed for a brace each as Ireland ran in 10 tries to record a comprehensive 64-3 victory in their first international match against Colombia.

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Natasja Behan, Meabh Deely, Grace Moore, Brittany Hogan and co-captain Edel McMahon also scored a try apiece – as well as player of the match Jones – as Ireland took a 38-0 lead into the break, with Dannah O’Brien adding the extras.

Fiona Tuite and Clara Barrett made their debuts for Ireland in the second half as they continued to extend their lead through Parsons’ double, a second for Jones and Leah Tarpey’s score.

Colombia showed their fighting spirit to get on the scoreboard with a Maria Arzuaga penalty but it was too little, too late as Ireland claimed their second WXV 3 2023 victory in Dubai to set up a winner-takes-all encounter with Spain next Saturday.

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