Miller makes history with Irish Ladies
Portlaoise winger Alison Miller was again a key part of the Irish Women’s Rugby team who made history on Sunday when they wrapped up the Grand Slam with a hard fought 6-3 win over Italy.
In atrocious weather conditions, two penalties from full-back Niamh Briggs proved to be the crucial scores as the Irish women held their nerve to complete a first ever Grand Slam.
Conditions on Sunday were not conducive to expansive rugby but Alison Miller was still heavily involved making one critical try saving tackle in the first-half when Italy looked all set to score what could have been a match winning try.
Miller has been one of Ireland’s top players throughout the historic run to the Grand Slam with her hat-trick of tries against then reigning champions England being one of the defining moments of the campaign. She followed that up with two tries against Scotland while her defence has been superb throughout the tournament making crucial tackles and interventions including one in the opening game against Wales that played a major part in that opening win.
As well as winning the Grand Slam, Ireland have also qualified for the Women’s World Cup in 2014 which will be held in France and Alison Miller is already tipped to be one of the stars of the tournament.
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