Shannon's Greg O'Shea, included in the Ireland 7s team, pictured scoring a try against UCC in the Ulster Bank League
SHANNON RFC’s Greg O’Shea has been included in the Ireland Men's 7s management team to travel to Moscow for this weekend’s opening round of the Rugby Europe 7s Grand Prix Series.
Winger O’Shea, who helped Shannon RFC win Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League this season, is included in the 13 man squad for this weekend’s tournament.
Ireland were the winners of the event in Moscow last season, and finished second on the overall Grand Prix Series.
Their second-place finish gained them a spot at the World Series Qualifier in Hong Kong, which was held in April this year. Ireland narrowly lost out to eventual tournament winners Japan in the Semi-Final. The Grand Prix Series will again serve as the entry route to next year’s World Series Qualifier.
Ireland are drawn in Pool B for Moscow, along with Germany, Portugal and Poland.
After Moscow, Ireland will compete at the World Sevens Series events in London (June 2 and 3) and Paris (June 9 and 10) as the invitational side.
They then travel to Marcoussis in France for the second round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series (June 30 and July 1) and the following week they compete at the third round in Exeter (July 7 and 8)
The Men’s and Women’s 7s side will both compete at the World Rugby Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco over the weekend of the 20/21/22 July at the AT&T Stadium (tickets available here: www.rwcsevens.com/tickets )
The final round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix takes place in Poland on September 8 and 9.
Ireland Mens 7s Squad for 2018 Rugby Europe Sevens at Oktyabr Stadium, Moscow, May 19-20: Robert Balacoune (Enniskillen RFC/Ulster); Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers RFC); Sean Cribbin (Suttonians RFC); Shane Daly (Cork Constitution FC/Munster); Billy Dardis (UCD RFC) Captain; Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne FC/Leinster); Hugo Keenan (UCD RFC/Leinster); Terry Kennedy (St Mary's College RFC/Leinster); Harry McNulty (UCD RFC); Bryan Mollen (Dublin University FC); John O'Donnell (Lansdowne FC); Greg O’Shea (Shannon RFC); Mark Roche (Blackrock College RFC)
Ireland Men’s 7s Fixtures:
Moscow 7’s Pool B:
Saturday, May 19:
Ireland v Poland - 10.44am local time/8.44am Irish time
Ireland v Portugal - 1.29pm local time/11.29am Irish time
Ireland v Germany, 4.36pm local time/2.36pm Irish time
Sunday, May 20: