A tearful Ciara Griffin paid an emotional tribute to her family as she brought the curtain down on her Ireland with a typically inspirational performance against Japan on Saturday evening.

Griffin burst over for two tries to drag her team past the visitors at the RDS. It was her final match for Ireland after she announced her retirement earlier this week.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, the 27-year-old said: "My family have been my cornerstone. I just want to thank them.

"I wouldn't be where I am without my parents, my sister, my very patient husband who has been with me through thick and thin for the last ten years. This is for them.

"My nana is the strongest person I know. We lost a very special person this summer and I don believe he's looking down on me today. Grandad this is for you. And for all my family for supporting me.

"Thank you to everyone for the messages this. Thank you. This is one for the memory banks. I'll never forget this."

On the game itself, where Ireland dug deep to overturn a 12-3 half-time deficit after being reduced to 14 women, she said: "It was a mix of everything, we dug in and got the result we wanted.

"We acknowledged we needed to improve at half-time, we put in a complete performance and ground out the win.

"Everyone knows I wear my heart on my sleeve, it was my last time playing for my country and it's emotional, it stands out. It caught me during the anthems, but it was enjoyable.

"It was everything the jersey is about, I relished that moment."