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Huge honour bestowed as Laois rugby star Alison Miller asked to join Barbarians team

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

Laois and former Irish international rugby star Alison Miller has received a call up from the Barbarians team, one of the biggest honours in rugby legacy.

The Barbarians have called up Alison and other players from nine different nations for their first international assignment against the USA Women’s Eagles next month.

This will be the first time Miller has been called up for the prestigious honour, representing her country and the Barbarian legacy.

The 129 year-old Barbarians club launched their women’s team in 2017-18 with wins against Munster (19-0) and the British Army (37-0). They will take on England for the first time as part of a double-header at Twickenham on June 2.

Among the squad are New Zealand’s World Cup winners Fiao’o Fa’amausili, Steph Te Ohaere-Fox, Linda Itunu and Emma Jensen.

Head coach Anna Richards has also invited players from Ireland, Australia, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Scotland, the USA and Wales with more to be added following the play-off stages of the Tyrrells Premier 15s competition in England.

Miller only recently hung up her international jersey in March of this year.

From only beginning the sport in her early twenties, not being picked for her province, to a season-ending injury – Alison’s story may not be one of convention, but it is certainly one of determination.

After announcing her retirement, Alison did a long-ranging interview with LaoisToday about how she went from being an  underdog to a guiding light in Irish women’s rugby.

The Barbarians take on the USA for the first time at Infinity Park in Glendale on April 26 at 5pm.

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