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Ciara Griffin picks up Ireland Player of the Year prize

Ciara Griffin picks up Ireland Player of the Year prize

Women's Six Nations Championship Round 5, Cardiff Arms Park, Wales 17/3/2019 Wales vs Ireland Wales' Elinor Snowsill with Ciara Griffin of Ireland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ireland captain Ciara Griffin was named Women’s Player of the Year at the annual Irish Rugby Players Awards in Dublin.

The Cork-born back-rower pipped Anna Caplice and Eimear Considine to the award as her fellow forward James Ryan picked up the men’s Players’ Player of the Year.

Adam Griggs’ side were aiming to claim their first Women’s Six Nations crown since 2015 this year and claimed an impressive win over Scotland but the title and the Grand Slam went to England in the end.

The now 25-year-old Griffin made her Ireland debut against Wales in the 2016 Championship and has since gone on to make 27 further appearances for her county.

She was named captain by Griggs in 2018 after capturing the inter-pro title with her club team Munster and led Ireland to a third-place finish in her first Championship as captain.

Speaking at the time of her appointment, Griggs said: “Ciara stood out to me as a natural leader.

“What’s clear to me is that she is hugely passionate about pulling on the red jersey of Munster and the green jersey of Ireland and every time she takes the field, not only does she give everything she has, she also has the ability to help others lift their game when needed.”