Niamh Briggs ruled out of Women’s Rugby World Cup

Follow live coverage of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup across BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app from Wednesday, 9 August.You can listen to selected commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online, plus follow live text commentary and expert analysis on the BBC Sports website and mobile app.

You can also interact and share your views on the action via BBC Sport’s dedicated social media accountsopen their campaign against Spain, hosts Ireland meet Australia, while Wales face a tough game against the Black Ferns of New Zealand.

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Olympic gold medallist Shannon Parry will captain Australia’s Wallaroos at the 2017 World Cup in Ireland.Parry, a legend of the women’s sevens game, will add valuable big-match experience to a developing Australia squad that has drawn a tough pool alongside Ireland, France and Japan.The 12-team tournament will be held in August.New Zealand are four-time World Cup holders, defending champions England have won it twice while the United States claimed the inaugural tournament in 1991.

Parry will have fellow sevens stars Sharni Williams and Mahalia Murphy alongside her in Ireland in a squad which features 156 caps of Test experience.The Wallaroos aim to build on their seventh place finish at the 2014 edition.We have a really competitive pool with Ireland, France and Japan and we know that there’s no such thing as an easy game at a World Cup,” Wallaroos coach Paul Verrell saidWe’re really looking forward to pulling on that gold jersey and doing it proud.”FOX SPORTS will televise 26 matches LIVE and EXCLUSIVE from Ireland, including every pool match, plus the Semi Finals and Final.

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Fans across the world will be able to watch the pinnacle of the Women’s game on TV and on World Rugby’s digital platforms when it kicks off on Wednesday, August 9.Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 will be broadcast live to more than 110 countries as England look to retain their title in Dublin and Belfast over the coming weeks, with games also streamed on rwcwomens.com and World Rugby’s social platforms.

The WRWC 2017 pool stages will be played at the UCD Bowl and Billings Park in Dublin on August 9, 13 and 17, with Kingspan Stadium and Queen’s University in Belfast hosting the finals stages on August 22 and 26.

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In the Republic of Ireland, eir Sport will broadcast the tournament with RTÉ showing Ireland matches on free-to-air television. ITV will broadcast matches in the UK, including Northern Ireland.France Télévisions and Eurosport will show games in France, where record audiences tuned in when Paris hosted the last event in 2014. NBC will show the action in the United States, while Fox Sports will broadcast the games in Australia and Sky NZ will screen the matches in New Zealand. In Spain, TVE will be showing the tournament in that region.

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In areas where there is no rights holder, all the action will be streamed live on rwcwomens.com. Fans should check with their local broadcaster for further information.

Fans can follow WRWC 2017 on rwcwomens.com, with match results, reports, live blogs, photos and videos keeping fans up to date on every kick, pass, try and major decision from all 30 games. Using the hashtags #WRWC2017 and #BringIt, fans can also get involved on @worldrugby’s social media platforms, where clips of the best action and all the important information will be available as it happens.World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said: “Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 is set to be the biggest and best to date and it’s very encouraging to see that more than 110 countries will broadcast the action from Dublin and Belfast this month.

We also expect this tournament to be the most socially engaged yet and, with so many fans interacting with our platforms on mobile and digital, WRWC 2017 will also be the most accessible to date.”With just a week until kick-off, the pool stages in Dublin are now sold out but some tickets are still available for the semi-finals and finals in Belfast. Visit ticketmaste wrwc2017 and ticketmaste rwrwc2017 to buy your tickets now.The loss of Niamh Briggs to an Achilles tendon injury — think Paul O’Connell being carted off the Millennium surface in 2015 — strips the host nation of their primary points gatherer, their undisputed leader and, perhaps most damaging of all, a walloping boot capable of sending incoming Australian and French packs back from whence they came.It also denies Briggs the chance to play in her third World Cup.

The worst possible news really, but Ireland coach Tom Tierney was hardly prepared for this very situation.

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Briggs, the 32-year-old Garda, has struggled with knee then hamstring injuries since leading Ireland to an unexpected Six Nations title two years ago.The former Waterford footballer missed large parts of 2016 with infected knees, initially grazed on Astroturf pitches, before the hamstrings curtailed this season to one appearance against the Black Ferns last November.

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