Briggs relishing new role as Ireland women's captain
Niamh Briggs has described Anthony Eddy's decision to name her the new captain of Ireland women's team as a "great honour" as she gets ready for the upcoming Six Nations campaign.
Briggs who made her international debut against Italy in 2008 and has won 45 caps, takes over the captaincy from the retired Fiona Coghlan.
"It's a massive privilege to represent your country at any level, but to captain your country is a great honour and I was delighted to be asked," said the Dungarvan native.
"It's a hugely proud moment for me and for my family who have been great support throughout my career.
"To follow in the footsteps of an unbelievable leader in Fiona Coghlan is a fantastic honour and I look forward to captaining this great squad."
The full-back will skipper a new look Ireland side who will be overseen by Eddy (director of Sevens and women's rugby) and coached by former Munster and Ireland scrum-half Tom Tierney.
There are 12 uncapped players included in the squad and Eddy said that Briggs' experience was crucial in his selection.
"There has been a lot of change in the women's set-up, with several uncapped players and a new coaching team," he said.
"Niamh's experience, at the highest level will bring a continuity of leadership within the squad.
"She has always set a terrific standard as a player and we know she will continue to do so as captain."
Ireland begin their Six Nations campaign on February 6 when they take on Italy at the Stadio Mario Lodigiani in Florence.