Limerick woman helps Ireland 7s side reach Dubai quarter-finals

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Limerick woman helps Ireland 7s side reach Dubai quarter-finals

Limerick woman Aoife Doyle on her way to scoring a try for the Ireland Womens 7s side against France

THE Ireland Womens 7s squad, including Limerick woman Aoife Doyle, has reached the quarter-finals of the prestigious Dubai 7s on Friday morning.

Ireland will face Canada in the Quarter-Finals of the World Rugby Womens Sevens Series in Dubai at 6.06am Irish time this Friday.

Twenty three-year-old Doyle, from Merval Park in Clareview is a member of the Ireland team which has set their sights on qualifying for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Dubai is the second leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.

Shannon RFC player Doyle is one of 12 players who have been contracted under the Sevens Programme by the IRFU as the squad targets Olympic qualification.

Wins over Russia and Kenya in group A were secured earlier in the day before Ireland demonstrated their progress in the competition, despite the 24-17 defeat to New Zealand in the pool decider.

The women in green will now take on a Canadian side who secured three from three in their pool for a place in the Cup semi-finals tomorrow.

Ireland defeated Russia impressively 26-0 before securing a 27-12 victory over Kenya in their second pool fixture.