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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ireland Women's National Rugby Team News

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March 22, 2015 - Niamh Briggs kicks 6 conversions & 2 penalties in win over Scotland
"Ireland Women reclaimed the Women's Six Nations title thanks to an Alison Miller-inspired 73-3 victory over Scotland Women in Cumbernauld. The 2013 champions Ireland needed to beat the winless Scots by 27 points at Broadwood Stadium to deny France a second successive crown, and they did so in style. By half-time Tom Tierney's side were 37-3 to the good thanks mostly to the inspired kicking of full-back Niamh Briggs, who was winning her 50th cap for Ireland. Wing Miller went on to help herself to a hat-trick of tries and Briggs finished the game with 23 points in total, and she got the ball rolling with the game's first try after just six minutes." - RBS 6 Nations

March 15, 2015 - Niamh Briggs kicks 2 conversion & 2 penalties in win over Wales
"A fantastic all-round display from captain Niamh Briggs handed Ireland Women a well-earned victory against Wales Women as they remain firmly in the hunt for the Women's Six Nations title. Ailis Egan and Alison Miller scored tries either side of half-time and Briggs kicked ten points for the visitors, who produced an incredible defensive performance to shut out Wales 20-0 at St Helens." - RBS 6 Nations

February 27, 2015 - Niamh Briggs kicks winner over England
"The boot of captain Niamh Briggs secured a late win for Ireland Women as they edged England Women 11-8 in a tightly-fought encounter at Ashbourne. Larissa Muldoon responded for Ireland after Harriet Millar-Mills crossed on the stroke of half time while Briggs and Katy Mclean had scored a penalty apiece. And after a series of promising moves broke down for both sides, Briggs kept her cool to slot over a penalty in front of the posts." - RBS 6 Nations

February 6, 2015 - Niamh Briggs busy in win over Italy
"Ireland Women kicked off their assault on the Women's Six Nations with a comfortable 30-5 victory over Italy Women in Florence.... And despite some determined defending from the hosts, Briggs herself was eventually able to make the breakthrough after 20 minutes, when she burst over the line to the right of the posts after some quick-ball from the scrum. The full-back converted her own try to make it 7-0, but Italy hit back straight away with their first meaningful possession in the Ireland half.... Briggs left the conversion short and then saw her 53rd minute penalty drift wide as well as the wet and windy conditions made kicking tough. But a superb kick from Ireland's captain four minutes later saw them stretch their lead to 15, Briggs striking a 30m effort under the wind and through the posts." - RBS 6 Nations

January 27, 2015 - Niamh Briggs named captain
The UL Bohemians full back, who was named on the IRB women's team of the year in 2014, takes over from Fiona Coughlan ahead of Ireland's Six Nations campaign. The County Waterford native, who has 45 international caps, made her debut for Ireland against Italy in the 2008 RBS 6 Nations. Niamh 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'."  - Independent

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