Hannah Tyrrell and Katie Fitzhenry have announced their respective retirements from international rugby.

Both players have been ever-present and influential figures in the Ireland Women's Sevens squad since their debuts in 2014, and their outstanding contributions extended across both codes, with both also featuring heavily for Adam Griggs' Ireland team in recent years.

Tyrrell, who scored 1-05 as for All-Ireland ladies football champions Dublin in their opening league win against Waterford last Sunday, made 103 appearances on the Sevens Series, scoring 99 points. She also featured for Anthony Eddy's side at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.

Hannah Tyrrell was in scoring form for Dublin last weekend

In the 15s format, Tyrrell was a member of Ireland's squad for the 2017 Women's World Cup on home soil and won 20 caps, the latest of which came in last month's Six Nations victory over Italy.

Fitzhenry played 79 World Sevens Series games and won 13 senior caps, having also been part of the 2017 Women's World Cup squad.

The 32-year-old will formally retire from international rugby in July, ending a nine-year stay in the Ireland Women's programme. Both Tyrrell and Fitzhenry were members of Ireland's 2015 Six Nations-winning squad.

"I never imagined where this journey would take me," Tyrrell said. "It has been an absolute privilege to wear the green jersey and I will cherish the memories and friendships made throughout my career with Ireland.

"I will be fully behind Adam and the team on their journey to qualify for next year's World Cup in New Zealand, and I will always remain their biggest supporter."

On her international retirement, Fitzhenry said: "I've been lucky to put on the green jersey for the last seven years across both the Sevens and XVs formats, and to witness the Irish women's rugby and the programme grow into what it is today has been a privilege.

"I'm confident in the girls and the programme to now bring the sport to bigger and better places in this country and I'm very excited to support from the stands."

Ireland head coach Griggs paid tribute to both departing players.

"The last year has thrown up a lot of challenges and it is understandable that they are looking forward to the next chapter of their lives. They have been a huge part of driving the high standards on and off the field and we wish them well for the future."

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