FOUR Limerick-based players have been included in the 12-strong squad to take part in the Amsterdam 7s Invitational Tournament this weekend.
Claire Keohane, of UL-Bohemian and Munster, will captain the side and she is joined in the squad by her clubmates Niamh Briggs and Liz Burke as well as Nicole Cronin, of Shannon and Munster.
Captain Keohane played in the Canada 7s last month, while Shannon’s Nicole Cronin has represented their country at World Series competitions.
UL-Bohs’ Liz Burke made their debut for the Ireland Women's 15s side this season and she is joined in the squad by Ireland’s 15s captain Niamh Briggs who recently joined up with the Sevens Programme.
Director of Sevens and Women's Rugby, Anthony Eddy said: "We're coming into a very busy and important period for the Women's Sevens programme. We have a team competing in the final stage of the World Series in Clermont this weekend and also have the European Championships and of course, the Olympic Repechage tournament coming up in UCD in June.
“We have a very talented group of players in the programme and it's important that they can play in as many competitive games as possible.
“The side heading to Amsterdam has a wealth of experience, but it's also really pleasing to see the likes of Emma, Chloe and Roisin all taking the next step in their development”.
Ireland are have been drawn in Pool A of the Amsterdam 7s Invitational Tournament with the Swiss Women's Sevens, Amsterdam Ladies and Team Tangoed.
Pool fixtures take place this Saturday, with the play-off games scheduled for Sunday.
Ireland Women’s 7s Development Squad: Chloe Blackmore (St Mary's/Munster); Niamh Briggs (UL Bohs/Munster); Liz Burke (UL Bohs/Munster); Eimear Considine (Talent ID); Nicole Cronin (Shannon RFC/Munster); Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster); Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster); Shannon Houston (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster); Claire Keohane (UL Bohs/Munster) Captain; Emma Murphy (Railway Union/Leinster); Roisin Murphy (Gorey RFC); Elaine Ryan (Railway Union/Leinster)