In April, our first ‘Guaranteed Irish Hero’ for Sport was awarded to Niamh Briggs, Irish Women’s Rugby Captain, for inspiring her team and fans of rugby everywhere.
Niamh Briggs is an Irish rugby player, now captain, who plays as fullback for the Ireland women’s national rugby union team. Before being a rugby star, Niamh attended the Waterford Institute of Technology and worked for the Garda Síochána, or the Irish police force. She made her rugby debut for Ireland in 2008 against Italy and continued to represent Ireland at the 2010 and 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Briggs was credited with the winning points that brought a Grand Slam win for Ireland on St Patrick’s Day in Milan in March 2013.
Guaranteed Irish CEO Brid O’Connell said:
“It is because of Niamh’s innovations in the game and sheer hard work that women’s rugby has been boosted both at home and abroad. With the Women’s Rugby World Cup on the horizon for this summer we wish Niamh and the team the very best of luck as they continue to do Ireland proud!”
On winning the award, Niamh Briggs said:
“It is an honour to be the named as the Guaranteed Irish Sports Hero for 2017. As women’s rugby continues to grow, it is terrific that the sport is being recognised in this way. I would like to thank everyone who nominated me to this accolade. As the team and I look towards the Women’s Rugby World Cup this summer, this support is an excellent lift to help in our preparations.”