Niamh Briggs

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Ireland’s Ciara Griffin is tackled by France’s  Celine Ferer during the  Women’s Six Nations Championship match at  Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

France 24 Ireland 0 It was a night to forget for Ireland in Toulouse, as they suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of France in their Women’s(...)

Niamh Briggs evades a tackle from Jade Knight during a challenge match in Wales last month. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Preview: Ireland v France Stade Ernst Wallon, 8pm Live RTÉ Let’s start on a positive note: Niamh Briggs is back. The former Ireland captain, and fu(...)

Niamh Briggs is back at outhalf for Ireland for the opening Six Nations game away to France on Saturday night. Photograph:   Ashley Crowden/Inpho/Camera Sport

Niamh Briggs will start her first Six Nations game in two years when Ireland open their campaign against France in Toulouse on Saturday night (8pm Iri(...)

Tullamore’s Ciara Farrell and teammates after defeating Rathdrum in   the final of the Women’s All-Ireland Plate  at Dubarry Park, Athlone, in April. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

On a recent Sunday afternoon Tullamore’s starting XV togged out for a Women’s All-Ireland League clash against Railway Union. Tullamore were still adj(...)

Dick Spring, Ireland 2023 bid chairman, Philip Browne, chief executive, IRFU, Philip Orr, IRFU president,  bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll and the Ireland delegation arriving  in south Kensington, London. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Now to the waiting game. The Irish bidding team for the 2023 Rugby World Cup emerged from Monday’s presentations to the World Rugby Council content th(...)

Leo Varadkar with Dick Spring after Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid presentation. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish delegation had made their pitch for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and by all accounts, it had gone very well. So as they sat on the podium in a L(...)

 A view of Ireland’s proposal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If their press conferences at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington were any yardstick whatsoever, the Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was c(...)

 Ireland’s Rugby World Cup    bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; and Ireland 2023 oversight board chairman   Dick Spring. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Monday marks another significant landmark in the three-way battle between Ireland, South Africa and France for the right to host the 2023 World Cup. T(...)

Coach Tom Tierney addresses the Ireland squad following the  5th Place play-off defeat to Australia at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Today in Belfast marks the end for a special group of Irish players. After the seventh place play-off against Wales, many of the 30-somethings are ex(...)

Head coach Tom Tierney addresses a dejected Ireland squad after the defeat to Australia at the  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A review is coming but probably not of the root and branch variety. Ireland coach Tom Tierney’s three-year contract ends before the 2018 Six Nations(...)

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