Rugby Players Ireland today welcomed former Connacht player Alison Miller into the Rugby Players Ireland Hall of Fame where she joins the likes of Keith Wood (2004), Ronan O’Gara (2016) and Brian O’Driscoll (2018) in an illustrious list of previous inductees.
A feature on the Irish wing for almost a decade, Alison Miller’s name will forever be associated with some of the greatest moments in Irish Rugby history. One of the game’s great finishers, it was Miller’s hat-trick of tries in a first-ever win over England that teed up the victorious Grand Slam campaign of 2013, while she will always be remembered for her contribution to Ireland’s historic pool triumph over New Zealand in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
With 24 tries in 47 international appearances, encompassing another Six Nations title in 2015, Miller was a feared presence in the XVs game whether it was for Portlaoise, Old Belvedere, Connacht or Ireland. The daughter of Laois GAA legend Bobby Miller, her sporting abilities were honed as she traversed numerous disciplines including the Sevens game, becoming one of Ireland’s go-to players when they burst onto the World Sevens Series circuit in 2013.
Upon hearing of her induction, the PE and History teacher at Athy College said: "As I reflect on my rugby journey, I am filled with gratitude. I consider it an honour and a privilege to have had the opportunity to represent my country on the international stage for 10 years. To do so alongside those who would become some of my best friends makes it all the sweeter.
“It wasn’t always easy. There have been many challenges and injuries to go along with the triumphs, but through it all, my husband Alan, my family, and my friends have been constant sources of reason and support. Thank you for the memories, the camaraderie, and those special moments that will live with me for the rest of my life.”