The Ireland Women’s management team can confirm that captain Niamh Briggs has been ruled out of the Women’s Rugby World Cup through injury.
Niamh Briggs, the 57-times capped full-back, had successfully recovered from the hamstring injury that had ruled her out of the Six Nations but suffered an injury to her Achilles in training.
Ireland Women’s head coach Tom Tierney said: “Both the players and management are really disappointed for Niamh as everyone has seen the incredible work and effort she’s put in over the last number of months in an attempt to get herself right for this tournament.
“For her to have recovered well from her hamstring injury and then suffer a new injury is really unfortunate for her, as everyone knows how much she was looking forward to leading the team in the World Cup.”
Louise Galvin has been called into the squad as a replacement for Briggs, and a new Ireland captain to lead the team during the WRWC 2017 campaign will be confirmed by the management in the coming day.