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July 31, 2017, 12:05 p.m.
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Ireland captain Niamh Briggs has been ruled out of next month’s Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The talismanic Briggs has suffered an achilles injury in training, which is set to keep her out of the tournament.
Briggs missed this year’s Six Nations due to a hamstring problem and her inury woes have continued, and she will now miss the competition which starts on home soil on August 9th.
The news is a bitter blow for Ireland. 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 rpelacement for Briggs, with a new captain set to be named shortly.

http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/international/niamh-briggs-ruled-out-of-women-s-rugby-world-cup-1.3172362