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”It’s Been A Privilege” Hannah Tyrrell & Katie Fitzhenry Announce Rugby Retirement

Irish rugby stars Hannah Tyrrell and Katie Fitzhenry have announced their retirement from international rugby.

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

Both players have been influential figures in the Ireland Women’s Sevens squad, right from the start of their debuts in 2014.

30-year-old Tyrrell played 103 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series games for Ireland, scoring 99 points, while she also featured for the side at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.

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 the Women’s Six Nations victory over Italy at Energia Park last month.

The out-half earned 20 caps, and was a key player in last month’s Six Nations win over Italy.

She also featured 103 times for Ireland in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Tyrrell said: “I never imagined where this journey would take me. Getting to play rugby for Ireland in both Sevens and XVs, getting to travel the world to play on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, getting to play in a home World Cup, getting to play at Rugby World Cup Sevens and being part of a Six Nations-winning squad will forever be some of my greatest sporting memories.

“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.”

Katie Fizthenry, left, and Hannah Tyrrell, right, earned over 70 caps each for the Womens' 7 series.

During her time in the green jersey, Fitzhenry played 79 World Sevens Series games and won 13 XVs caps, having also been part of the 2017 Women’s World Cup squad. The 32-year-old centre will formally retire from international rugby in July, ending a nine-year stay in the Ireland Women’s programme.

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.”

Both Tyrrell and Fitzhenry were members of Ireland’s 2015 Six Nations-winning squad.

Ireland Head Coach Adam Griggs added, “It will be sad to see both Hannah and Katie retire from international rugby. 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.”

Leona Kenny

Leona Kenny is a final year DCU journalism student with an avid interest in women's sports. She has previously been sports editor for the college newspaper, The College View. Leona was also the head of news for Newswire, the flagship radio show for DCUfm. Twitter: @LeonaKenny5 | LinkedIn |

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