Ireland have named fullback Niamh Briggs as their captain for the coming season following the reitrement of long-serving skipper Fiona Coghlan.
The 45-times capped player made her debut for Ireland against Italy in the 2008 6 Nations and has gone on to prove herself as one of the best fullbacks in the game and arguably the game's best kicker.
Speaking on her appointment, Briggs said "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."
"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."
Speaking about Niamh's appointment Anthony Eddy, Director of Women's and Sevens Rugby, said "There has been a lot of change in the women's set-up, with several uncapped players and a new coaching team coming in. 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."
Tickets for Ireland's home internationals against France and England are available from Ashbourne RFC.
6 Nations Ireland Women's Fixtures
Fri 6 Feb 19:00 Italy v Ireland, Stadio Mario Lodigiani
Fri 13 Feb 19:30 Ireland v France, Ashbourne RFC - Live Stream on IrishRugby.ie
Fri 27 Feb 19:30 Ireland v England, Ashbourne RFC - Live Stream on IrishRugby.ie
Sun 15 Mar 12:00 Wales v Ireland, Swansea RFC
Sun 22 Mar 13:00 Scotland v Ireland, Broadwood Stadium