Briggs delighted by Irish success

Date published: March 23 2015

Ireland Women's captain Niamh Briggs was thrilled by how the side's young players have kicked on after winning the Six Nations.

Sunday's 73-3 win over Scotland ensured Ireland clinched the title on points difference.

"I am just so delighted for this group of players. We've a lot of young players in the group, but they've learned quickly and settled into international rugby well," said Briggs.

"After we lost the match to France in Ashbourne we were all a bit down, but the reaction of the team since then has shown just what a strong work ethic and spirit we have and everyone gives it everything they have.

"Under the new coaching team, headed up by Tom Tierney, things have also gone really well and he has instilled a belief in the group. We're pleased to have delivered for him."

Briggs added that Ireland hadn't been thinking about the points difference going into the contest but was delighted by the quality of Ireland's tries.

"We were not thinking about the margin of victory in our minds, we just wanted to focus on our own game and see where it took us," added Briggs.

"Fair play to Scotland they came at us hard and we had to do a lot of work to break them down, but once the forwards got a good platform then we started to get on the front foot and some of the tries we scored were great.

"For us to win the title in the same year as the (Ireland) men's team is really special and we took a lot of inspiration from the way they played on Saturday. It's great, and very exciting, to see Irish rugby across the board going well and being successful."