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Niamh Briggs nominated for IRB Player of The Year

The full-back makes the worldwide shortlist of only four players

Published 13/08/2014 | 15:33

Ireland's Niamh Briggs celebrates after the New Zealand game.
Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Ireland's Niamh Briggs celebrates after the New Zealand game. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Niamh Briggs has been named as one of four women nominated for the IRB 'Women's Rugby Player of The Year' award.

The Irish women's rugby team are having a fantastic run.

Less than two weeks after the historic defeat of the New Zealand All Ferns (a feat the men's team have failed to accomplish against the All-Blacks), Ireland women's rugby team captain Niamh Briggs has been nominated for the International Rugby Board 'Player of the Year' award.

Briggs makes the list of only four women from across the world which includes two from the Canadian team and one from the Italian team.

Ireland are due to kick off against England at 5pm in the semi-finals of the rugby World Cup. Briggs spoke out earlier in the week about the clash, saying: “We’re hopeful we’ll make the final. We don’t fear England - no more than we feared New Zealand.”

Briggs' kicking has been described as "outstanding" during the tournament and the pressure is on to advance to the final having beaten USA, News Zealand and Kazakhstan to make the final four.

Captain Fiona Coghlan said the team are "completely focused" with a "silent confidence".

The match kicks off at 5pm Irish time and you can watch it live on TG4 or Sky.

Independent.ie will be running a live blog - follow @IndoSport on Twitter for the latest updates.

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