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An Irish star absolutely dominated Sky's sportswoman of the month vote

Alison Miller took a landslide victory in the public vote.

ALISON MILLER HAS been named the Sky Sports sportswomen of the month for March after winning the public vote by a landslide margin.

Alison Miller celebrates her try with Nora Stapleton and Paul Fitzpatrick Miller [left] with Ireland teammates Paula Fitzpatrick and Nora Stapleton. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The Connacht wing was integral as Ireland secured the Six Nations title last month, scoring a hattrick in the final-day 73-3 hammering of Scotland.

Miller also scored a try in the vital away win against Wales, and has been a hugely consistent performer and try-scorer in Ireland colours in recent seasons.

The Portlaoise wing was a dominant winner of Sky’s public vote for March, picking up no less than 82% of the vote. Second-placed Lianne Sanderson, a professional footballer with England and Arsenal, was some distance behind with 13%.

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Miller and her Ireland teammates now face the concerning prospect of not playing a competitive international rugby Test until next year, such is the scarcity of such fixtures in women’s rugby.

Developing a series of summer or November Tests is surely the next step for a sport that continues to grow. Miller, as underlined by her landslide win, is among the stars of Irish women’s rugby and requires more regular games to show off her ability.

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