MUNSTER kick-off their campaign at the Limerick World Club Se7ens at Thomond Park just after mid-day this Friday.
The Colm McMahon-coached Munster 7s side take on Canadian maples at 12.09pm. Action-packed days of 7s rugby action begins at 11am on both Friday and Saturday.
The Munster squad for the two-day event features a mix of academy, sub-academy and club talent in a side that will be captained by academy player Alex Wootton, of Garryowen FC.
Wootton is one of four Ireland Men’s 7s representatives in McMahon’s squad alongside Young Munster’s Diarmuid McCarthy, Lansdowne’s Cian Aherne and Clanwilliam’s Alan Bennie.
One of twelve competing sides from around the world (including the four Irish provinces), Munster are drawn in Pool 2.
Munster’s remaining two pool fixtures this Friday are against Samurai at 2.44pm and San Francisco at 5.02pm.
Munster 7s head coach, Colm McMahon said: “Last year playing a Sevens tournament was very new to a lot of us but since then a national Sevens programme has taken off and the national team have made it through to an Olympic qualifier.
“We’ve got plenty of academy involvement, but this weekend is also a great opportunity for some club players to put their hands up and be seen.
“With the Sevens pathway there’s an opportunity to get into an international tournament a lot quicker and that gives them a chance to be seen by professional team coaches.
“The lesson from last year was that we performed very well on Day One, however when it came to the Cup rugby on Day Two other teams were that bit more streetwise - they held a little in reserve and were really up for it.
That experience from last year will help us and the guys who’ve been playing in European tournaments - playing six games in two days - will bring a lot of know-how to the squad also.”
Leinster have been drawn in a competitive Pool B alongside last year’s winners Daveta Fiji, Stade France and New York.
Connacht and Ulster will clash in Pool C and will also face off against Buenos Aries of Argentina and the Golden Lions of South Africa.
MUNSTER 7’S SQUAD: Cian Aherne, Alan Bennie, Frank Bradshaw Ryan, Jack Cullen, Ryan Foley, Niall Kenneally, Murray Linn, Olly Lyons, Diarmaid McCarthy, Steven McMahon, Tomás Quinlan, Alex Wootton.
Munster’s fixtures for Friday, August 21
12.09pm Munster v Canadian Maples
2.44pm Munster v Samurai
5.02pm Munster v San Francisco