Ireland women’s captain Niamh Briggs wants to make their new home in Donnybrook a “fortress”.

The 2013 and 2015 Six Nations champions were based in Ashbourne but have made the short move to Dublin 4 for their  three home games this year, starting with Wales on Saturday (1pm, live on RTÉ.ie/sport).

And Waterford full-back Briggs has called on rugby supporters to get behind them as they defend their crown.

“It’s great [to move to Donnybrook],” Briggs told RTÉ.

“Obviously, Ashbourne has been really good for us, a huge fortress.

“We’ve unbelievable memories from there. As we’ve got more successful, the crowd has got bigger and Donnybrook is a huge opportunity for us.

“Hopefully we can make it a fortress as well.

"Donnybrook is a huge opportunity for us"

“It’s the centre of Dublin, it’s easy to get to and hopefully we’ll get a good crowd behind us.”

Briggs also spoke about next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Ireland in August.

“It’s a huge opportunity for us to showcase how far the sport has come,” she said.

“It’s going to be a massive occasion. We’re so delighted that the IRFU put in a bid for it.

“Dublin, UCD for the pool games and then Belfast. I’m actually getting goose bumps thinking about it already.”

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