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One for the collection! Ireland captain Briggs immortalised with Rugby World Cup stamp

The special commemorative €1 stamp was unveiled ahead of Ireland’s hosting of the Women’s World Cup.

Briggs with team-mates Ashleigh Baxter, Ali Miller and Hannah Tyrrell outside the GPO.
Briggs with team-mates Ashleigh Baxter, Ali Miller and Hannah Tyrrell outside the GPO.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

WITH LESS THAN a month until the start of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, An Post has this morning launched a new stamp to celebrate Ireland’s hosting of the tournament.

Unveiled outside the GPO in Dublin, the special commemorative €1 stamp features Ireland captain Niamh Briggs in action during the historic victory over New Zealand at the 2014 World Cup.

“It’s such an honour to represent Irish Women’s Rugby on this special postage stamp” Briggs said.

“It marks this special event for Ireland and will really increase awareness of the tournament in the lead-up to the Women’s World Cup.

“The country has truly embraced Women’s Rugby and the Women’s Rugby World Cup on home soil will be a celebration of all sports and all those who play and support women’s sport.”

Ireland begin their Pool C campaign against Australia on Wednesday 9 August at 7pm, with the meeting of defending champions England and Spain and the clash between USA and Italy taking place beforehand.

UCD is playing host to the initial group stages before the tournament moves north to Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium and Queens University for the knockout rounds.

Ashleigh Baxter, Alison Miller, Niamh Briggs and Hannah Tyrrell Source: Inpho

It was announced last week that all of Ireland’s group games have already been sold out with organisers expecting 16,000 fans inside the UCD Bowl for the three matchdays.

Twelve teams are taking part in the eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup with defending champions England joined by hosts Ireland and Canada, France, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Wales, Spain, Hong Kong and Japan.

With anticipation building ahead of the tournament, the IRFU last week unveiled the Ireland kit for the World Cup, with supporters able to get their hands on a replica version for the first time.

The limited edition stamp can be purchased at irishstamps.ie, main post offices and the GPO’s stamp shop.

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