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July 31 2017 1:04 PM
Tournament hosts Ireland have been dealt a huge blow on the eve of the Women's Rugby World Cup after skipper Niamh Briggs was ruled out with an achilles 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.
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.”
Devestating news for Niamh Briggs, she's been ruled out of the World Cup with an Achilles injury.
Absolutely gutted for Niamh Briggs #WRWC2017
Gutted for Niamh Briggs she would have continued to be a fantastic captain and ambassador for the game during WRWC2017 @IrishRugby
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.