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Miller calls time on Irish career after fighting back from injury

 

Alison Miller
Alison Miller

By Cian Tracey

Not everyone gets to bow out on their own terms and the fact that Alison Miller put herself in a position to be able to do so is a testament to her relentless drive.

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The 34-year-old brings the curtain down on a stellar international career that included a Grand Slam, two Six Nations winner's medals as well as a World Cup semi-final appearance, which came about after Miller's try helped her side become the first Irish team to beat New Zealand.

Miller's nine-year spell with Ireland was not without its low points, however, and the manner in which she battled back from an horrific double leg break spoke volumes about her character.

Yet she refused to accept that her last memory on a rugby pitch would be being stretchered off against Italy in last season's Six Nations.

Miller battled back and featured throughout the recent Six Nations campaign, but has now decided to call it a day. She does so having scored 20 tries in the 45 caps that she won, while she also wore the green jersey for the Ireland Sevens team.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to play for my country for the last 10 years. However, all good things must come to an end," Miller wrote on Twitter.

"Thank you to those who have helped me over the years especially my partner Alan, family and friends. Thanks for the memories #betterwhenbitter"

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