4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
Replacements: Fiona Hayes, Heather O'Brien, Laura Guest, Lauren Day, Leigh Dargan, Stacey Lea-Kennedy, Ashleigh Baxter, Ashling Hutchings, Larissa Muldoon, Nicole Fitzgerald, Shannon Houston.
Replacements: Isabel Rico, Magdelena Perez, Saioa Jaurena, Raquel Santiago, Amets Castrejana, Elena Roca, Lourdes Alameda, Irene Schiavon, Diana Gasso, Anna Arnau.
Niamh Briggs, who was restored to full-back having played last year's Six Nations matches in the centre, comfortably slotted the conversion.
However, it was obvious from start that the Spanish team meant business and did not travel to Ireland to leave without a tough battle. It was not long before winger Laura Esbri scored under the posts having shown some great footwork to beat the Irish defence.
A Briggs penalty in the 25th minute was Ireland's initial response. Philip Doyle's side continued to apply pressure to the Spanish outfit throughout the first half and went into the dressing room at half-time leading by 15-7, following a try from winger Alison Miller.
Ireland continued to dominate in the second half and with tries from Stacey-Lea Kennedy, Sophie Spence, Ashleigh Baxter and a second from Miller, the girls in green ran out comfortable winners.
With both squads using rolling substitutions, it was a great opportunity for the coaching staff to see all 26 players perform at this level and it has no doubt left Doyle and the Irish management with some tough selection decisions ahead of their first Six Nations match against Wales.
The Rosie Gallagher Memorial Trophy was presented to Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan following the uncapped friendly.
Rosie, an all-action flanker, played her rugby with Cooke RFC whilst also representing Ulster during her career. Rosie won four caps for her country between February 1999 and May 2000 and sadly passed away after a short illness in August 2003.
This trophy was played for between Ireland and Spain in the Six Nations in 2004, 2005 and 2006, before Spain were replaced by Italy in line with the men's tournament.