Tuesday 20 March 2018

Briggs eyes Slam seal on first title

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

IRELAND'S women claimed a first Six Nations title as England's 34-0 win over Italy on Saturday leaves Philip Doyle's side untouchable going into their final game in Milan next Saturday.

Their 15-10 win over France in Ashbourne set up a Grand Slam tilt against the Italians, but the Irish will be crowned champions whatever happens next weekend.

Full-back and try-scorer Niamh Briggs says Ireland will put the thoughts of a clean sweep out of their heads as they prepare for their historic tilt at a first Slam to go with their inaugural Triple Crown and title wins.

"It's just another game," she said. "The championship is ours, but for us it's a Grand Slam – and it's a word we've been throwing out there all week, but we're treating it as another game because that's the way it is.

"Italy are very strong at home, they turned France over at home, so it won't be easy, but we're looking forward to the challenge."

Irish Independent

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