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Laois rugby star Miller announces international retirement

There was disappointment for Alison Miller and the Ireland ladies rugby team this evening
Alison Miller in action for Ireland

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Laois and Ireland rugby star Alison Miller has announced her retirement from the international game.

Miller took to Twitter to announce her retirement from Irish rugby.

The Killeen woman, who started her rugby career with Portlaoise RFC, said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to play for my country for the last 10 year’s however all good things must come to an end.

“Thank you to those who have helped me over the year’s especially my partner Alan family and friends. Thanks for the memories.”

One of Laois’s greatest ever female sports stars, Miller was a star of Ireland’s 2014 World Cup, when they reached the semi-final after famously scoring a try in the historic win over New Zealand before losing to eventual champions England in the last four.

She was also part of the team that won the Grand Slam in 2013.

Over the course of her career, Miller earned 47 competitive caps and scored 23 tries.

She is the record try scorer for Irish women’s rugby – and only Brian O’Driscoll, Tommy Bowe, Keith Earls and Denis Hickie have scored more international tries in the men’s game.

The 34-year-old was a real sporting all rounder growing up – excelling at a variety of sports from a young age.

She represented St Abban’s Athletic Club at a number of disciplines at a very high level and also played for the Laois ladies football team for a couple of seasons.

Well wishes and tributes to her glistening performances poured in over Twitter today.

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