Ireland will complete an historic Grand Slam if they can beat Italy in Milan on St Patrick’s Day – and they were given a big boost on Saturday when they were confirmed as Six Nations Champions.
The Irish girls’ 15-10 win over France at Ashbourne RFC left them still unbeaten having already secured the Triple Crown with wins over England, Scotland and Wales.
However, England’s 34-0 win over Italy on Saturday confirmed the Irish girls are overall winners and they will now look to complete a whitewash of victories when they face the Italians on Saturday, March 16.
Niamh Briggs scored a first half try for Ireland in the win over France, with the Irish girls having to come from 10-5 down to win 15-10.
Siobhan Fleming’s try levelled the contest and Briggs converted and then landed a penalty to secure the win on Friday night.
Philip Doyle’s team are now four points clear at the top of the Championship with just the Italians standing between the team and an historic Grand Slam.
The Irish girls were honoured on achieveing the Championship on Saturday evening when captain, Fionia Coughlan, presented the match ball to referee, Steven Walsh, ahead of the kick-off of the Six Nations match between Ireland and France in front of a packed Aviva Stadium.