• Niamh Briggs

    niamh-briggs-ireland-womens-rugby-fullbackDate of Birth: September 30, 1984
    Height: 1.72m (5’8”)
    Weight: 80kg (12st 8lbs)
    Position: Full-Back / Out-Half
    Intl. Caps: 44 (as of  year end 2014)
    Current Club: UL Bohemians/Munster

     

    Niamh, Ireland’s goal-kicking full-back, is one the world’s top women’s rugby stars and was key to the squad’s challenge for both Six Nations and Women’s Rugby World Cup silverware in 2013 and 2014.

    A native of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Niamh was the leading points during the 2013 Grand Slam-winning campaign with three tries and a further 28 points from the boot. Her efforts saw her win a number of individual awards for club and country, including the Munster and Ireland player of the year for 2013. She was also voted scrumqueens.com World Player of the Year for 2013.

    niamh-briggs-ireland-womens-rugby-fullback-2In 2014 Niamh was nominated to the four player shortlist for the IRB World Player of the Year. This was just reward for her efforts and skills as she helped her team to the semi-finals of the Women Rugby World Cup, historically dispatching the elite of world rugby en-route, New Zealand. Remember this feat is something not yet achieved by the mens squad.

    Coming from a sporting family and a former Waterford Gaelic footballer, Niamh works as a Garda in Limerick where she plays for UL Bohemians. Her rugby career started at Dungarvan RFC, aged 21, before she linked up with Clonmel RFC at senior level and then Munster in 2006.

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