Ciara Griffin showed that she would have been well able to play for Kerry in the All-Ireland when she soloed the ball in the Barbarians’ win against South Africa.
Barbarians games are known for their adventurous pieces of skill and light-hearted nature, and former Ireland captain Griffin certainly kept the tradition going at Twickenham Stadium today.
Griffin also scored a try right at the death, although her footballing skills weren’t quite up to scratch when she missed the resultant conversion, to end the game 60-5 to the Barbarians in a one-sided, but enjoyable encounter.
The Kerry woman was joined on the scoresheet by fellow former Ireland international Lindsay Peat, who crashed over a try in the 51st minute. Peat, a prop, was also unsuccessful with her conversion attempt.
— RugbyPlayersIreland (@RugbyPlayersIRE) November 27, 2021
Irish stalwarts sign off with a win.
Griffin is just 27-years-old, but she announced her retirement from test rugby earlier this month, and played her last game for Ireland against Japan last weekend.
The Kerry woman has not yet decided whether she will continue to play for her club or her province, but today’s game against South Africa was the final time she faced international opposition.
Peat is hanging up her boots at the age of 41, after a long sporting career in which she played rugby and basketball for Ireland, as well as playing for Gaelic football for Dublin.
We have a NEW WORLD RECORD ATTENDANCE for a Women‘s rugby match – 29,581 ??
— Barbarian FC (@Barbarian_FC) November 27, 2021
New attendance record set for women’s rugby match.
The Barbarians win against South Africa had 29,581 people in attendance, which is the largest crowd that has ever attended a standalone women’s rugby match.
The record was previously held by the 2014 Rugby World Cup final between England and Canada at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris, which saw the 20,000 seater stadium filled to the rafters.
The game was originally meant to be a double-header, played along with the men’s Barbarians game against Samoa at Twickenham Stadium, but that game was cancelled roughly 90 minutes before kick off due to six positive covid-19 cases in the Barbarians’ squad.