Niamh Briggs has been appointed Head Coach of Ireland's U20 women's team.

Former Ireland captain Briggs will lead the U20s side, as they prepare for their summer series taking place this July.

Having won 62 caps for Ireland and an integral part of two Championship title-winning sides, including one as captain, and a season as assistant backs coach with the Ireland Women’s side, Briggs brings a wealth of experience and rugby intellect to the position.

As part of her coaching team, Briggs will also be joined by assistant coaches JP Walsh and Murray Houston. Walsh is the current Coach Development Officer with Connacht Rugby, while Murray is the Girls and Women’s Pathway Lead in Ulster Rugby.

Commenting on her new role, former Ireland fullback and fly-half Briggs said: “I am delighted to take on the role of head coach with the U20 side. I have gained valuable coaching experience from working with the Irish women’s side last season and through my role as the National Women’s Talent Coach for Munster.

“I am excited to get started, to work with JP and Murray and the rest of the management team, and to work with the players as we build towards their series taking place this summer.”

“It’s going to be a busy and exciting couple of months, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for these young women as they achieve their dream of playing in green.”