Tuesday, August 01, 2017

There was terrible news for Waterford’s Niamh Briggs (pictured above) yesterday (Monday) when the Ireland Women’s Management team confirmed that she has been ruled out of the Women’s Rugby World Cup through injury.
The experienced 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 over the weekend and the captain will now not play any part in a tournament that she did so much to promote over the last number of years.
I did an interview with Niamh on Thursday last, for next week’s paper, as a preview for the World Cup, which starts on August 9, and she was hugely upbeat and confident that she would be 100% fit and ready to lead her team into an historic home World Cup. Needless to say this is a devastating blow to Niamh and the Irish team and we wish her well on her recovery, from an injury that has now kept her out of action since last November.
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 replacement for Niamh, and a new Ireland Captain to lead the team during the Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign will be confirmed by the Ireland Women’s Management team in the coming days. We’ll have more on this next week.

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