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27th Jan 2015

Niamh Briggs named captain of Ireland Women for Six Nations

A well deserved accolade for the Déise athlete

Patrick McCarry

The Waterford native will help usher in the new era of Irish women’s rugby

Niamh Briggs will lead Ireland into this year’s Six Nations Championship after being named captain by Anthony Eddy, IRFU director of Women’s Rugby.

Briggs, who has 45 international caps, made her debut for Ireland against Italy in 2008. The former Waterford footballer is a member of An Garda Síochána based in Limerick City.

Speaking on her appointment, Briggs said, ‘It’s a massive privilege to represent your country at any level, but to Captain your country is a great honour and I was delighted to be asked. It’s a hugely proud moment for me and for my family who have been great support throughout my career.

‘To follow in the footsteps of an unbelievable leader in Fiona Coghlan is a fantastic honour and I look forward to captaining this great squad.’

Speaking on his selection, Eddy said ‘There has been a lot of change in the women’s set-up, with several uncapped players and a new coaching team. Niamh’s experience, at the highest level will bring a continuity of leadership within the squad.’

‘She has always set a terrific standard as a player and we know she will continue to do so as captain.,

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