Ireland full-back Niamh Briggs will lead the Women’s team in the 2015 RBS 6 Nations having been named team captain today.
Niamh Briggs, who has 45 international caps, made her debut for Ireland against Italy in the 2008 Six Nations. She is a member of An Garda Síochána, based in Limerick city.
Speaking about her appointment as Ireland captain, the County Waterford native 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 about Niamh’s new role, Anthony Eddy, Director of Women’s and Sevens Rugby, said: “There has been a lot of change in the Women’s set-up, with several uncapped players and a new coaching team coming in.
“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.”
Tickets for Ireland’s upcoming home internationals against France and England are available from Ashbourne RFC.
IRELAND WOMEN’S 2015 RBS 6 Nations Fixtures:
Friday, February 6: Italy v Ireland, Stadio Mario Lodigiani, Florence, 7pm local time/6pm irish time
Friday, February 13: Ireland v France, Ashbourne RFC, 7.30pm (live on IrishRugby.ie)
Friday, February 27: Ireland v England, Ashbourne RFC, 7.30pm (live on IrishRugby.ie)
Sunday, March 15: Wales v Ireland, St. Helen’s, Swansea, 12pm
Sunday, March 22: Scotland v Ireland, Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, 1pm