Limerick's Aoife Doyle helps Ireland 7s to impressive placing in Sydney

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Limerick's Aoife Doyle helps Ireland 7s to impressive placing in Sydney

Limerick's Aoife Doyle makes a break against Fiji for the Ireland Womens 7s team in their clash with Fiji in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Colorado

LIMERICK woman Aoife Doyle played a crucial role as the Ireland Women’s Sevens team claimed fourth spot at the Sydney 7s tournament, their best ever finish on the HSBC World Rugby World Sevens Series circuit.

Having gone undefeated to top Pool B on the opening day, at Spotless Stadium, Ireland put in a dominant display on Saturday to overcome European rivals Spain 22-7 in the Cup quarter-final, which set up a semi-final showdown with tournament hosts and reigning World Series champions Australia on Sunday.

Australian speedster Ellia Green was their match winner as her hat-trick helped the hosts win 24-12 against Ireland. 

Shannon club player Aoife Doyle was joined in the Ireland squad by Louise Galvin, of UL-Bohemian, and Munster.

Twenty three-year-old Doyle, from Merval Park in Clareview, is one of 12 players who have been contracted under the Sevens Programme by the IRFU as the squad targets Olympic qualification.

The versatile Doyle won a Women’s 6 Nations Championship with Ireland in 2015 in the 15-a-side format of the game before concentrating her efforts on 7s rugby.

Aoife Doyle’s first taste of sport was playing camogie with her local GAA club Na Piarsaigh as a four-year-old. She did not take up rugby until some years later.

Doyle is a past pupil of Salesian Primary School and Laurel Hill Secondary School.

The Ireland Womens 7s squad have a number of different routes to possible Olympic qualification. Ireland will make Tokyo if the side finishes as a top four-ranked team in 2018/19 Women's Sevens Series or as the top ranked team from 2019 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series or being the top ranked team from World Repechage tournament (Second and third highest-ranked teams from Rugby Europe qualify).