Ireland have won their first ever women’s Grand Slam title with a bruising 6-3 victory over Italy at the Venegoni Stadium in Milan.
Ireland began their campaign with the modest aim of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup but instead beat all before them for an historic Six Nations title.
Penalties from Niamh Briggs in either half were enough to secure victory for Ireland allowing Fiona Coughlan to life the Six Nations and Grand Slam.
The last 20 minutes were gruelling in the deteriorating conditions as Italy controlled possession and territory in the Irish half.
Schiavon saw a penalty, that would have levelled matters, drop under the crossbar and Ireland were able to clear it to touch.
The Italians piled on the pressure late on and went through phase after phase in the Irish 22′ but Phillip Doyle’s side showed huge character, determination along with tenacity to hold on for a famous and historic win.