Road to WRWC2017: Niamh Briggs costretta a saltare la Coppa del Mondo

Niamh Briggs Munster mascot 6 Nations trophy
Credit: Jason O’Callaghan

Bruttissima notizia per l’Irlanda Femminile e per tutta la Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Niamh Briggs, capitana delle Verdi, sarà infatti costretta a saltare la Coppa del Mondo Femminile che inizierà tra poco meno di due settimane a Dublino a causa di un infortunio al tendine d’Achille rimediato in allenamento.

L’estremo irlandese aveva recuperato dall’infortunio al tendine del ginocchio che l’aveva costretta a guardare lo scorso 6 Nations dalle tribune ma ha rimediato questo nuovo problema durante la preparazione alla Coppa del Mondo casalinga.

Ecco, di seguito, il comunicato stampa ufficiale emesso dalla IRFU oggi. L’Irlanda perde non solo la capitana, ma anche il suo simbolo alla vigilia di una competizione importantissima per tutto il movimento rugbistico femminile dell’Isola in Verde.

Non si conosce ancora il nome della nuova capitana dell’Irlanda, ma molto probabile che sarà Paula Fitzpatrick che ha sostituito Niamh durante lo scorso 6 Nations.

The Ireland Women’s Management team can confirm that Niamh Briggs has been ruled out of the Women’s Rugby World Cup through injury.

The experienced full-back had successfully recovered from the hamstring injury that had ruled her out of the Six Nations but suffered an injury to her Achilles in training.

Ireland Women’s Head Coach Tom Tierney said: ‘Both the players and management are really disappointed for Niamh as everyone has seen the incredible work and effort she’s put in over the last number of months in an attempt to get herself right for this tournament.

For her to have recovered well from her hamstring injury and then suffer a new injury is really unfortunate for her, as everyone knows how much she was looking forward to leading the team in the World Cup.’

Louise Galvin has been called into the squad as replacement for Niamh, and a new Ireland Captain to lead the team during the Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign will be confirmed by the Ireland Women’s Management team in the coming days.”

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