The Ireland Men’s 7s squad to compete at the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier at the Hong Kong 7s has been confirmed by IRFU Director of Sevens Rugby Anthony Eddy and it includes Shannon RFC winger Greg O'Shea.
The winner of the tournament will gain a place on next season’s World Rugby Sevens Series.
The 13-man squad will travel to Hong Kong this weekend ahead of the tournament kicking off on Friday 5th April.
Eight of the players named in the squad competed at last year’s competition, where Ireland were knocked-out at the Semi-Final stage to eventual winners Japan.
Captain Billy Dardis, Ian Fitzpatrick, Hugo Keenan, Terry Kennedy, Harry McNulty, Bryan Mollen, John O’Donnell and Mark Roche all ran out at Hong Kong Stadium last year, while Foster Horan was 13th man.
In Hong Kong for the first time are Jordan Conroy, Adam Leavy, Mick McGrath and Greg O’Shea.
Ireland are drawn in Pool F in with Russia, Uruguay and Jamaica
They face Jamaica and Uruguay in their opening pool games on Friday 5th April and then face Russia on Saturday 6th, with the first round of knock-out games take place that evening.
The Semi-Finals and Final take place on Sunday 7th April.
Ahead of the side departing for Hong Kong, Anthony Eddy said;
“There have been many learnings since last year’s Hong Kong experience, with some very positive moments for the team.
They players have been exposed to a high level of competition and have tasted success during the year.
Competing at the World Series events in London and Paris, winning Rugby Europe and doing well at the Rugby World Cup, while also claiming the Dubai Invitational title has helped the players grow in confidence, as well as developing their skills by playing against the top sides in the world.
The Hong Kong Qualifier is a tough, winner takes all competition, and having experienced last year’s tournament, everyone involved is focused on the performance that is required for six games and claiming a position on next season’s World Series.”
Ireland Men’s 7s Squad – World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier – Hong Kong 7s – 5/6/7 April
Billy Dardis (Terenure RFC)
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers RFC)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne FC)
Foster Horan (Lansdowne FC)
Hugo Keenan (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s College RFC)
Adam Leavy (Lansdowne FC)
Mick McGrath (Clontarf FC)
Harry McNulty (UCD RFC)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College RFC)
John O’Donnell (Lansdowne FC)
Greg O’Shea (Shannon RFC)
Mark Roche (Blackrock College RFC)
Ireland Men’s 7s – World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier – Hong Kong 7s –Pool F Fixtures
Friday 5th April 2019
Ireland v Jamaica – 12.38pm (local time) / 5.38am (Irish time)
Ireland v Uruguay – 3.43pm (local time) / 8.43am (Irish time)
Saturday 6th April 2019
Ireland v Russia – 10.08pm (local time) / 3.08am (Irish time)
Sunday 7th April 2019
Semi-Finals and Final
•Hong Kong 7s Fixtures - https://www.world.rugby/ sevens-series/stage/1930/ fixtures
•Info on next season’s World Series: https://www.world.rugby/ sevens-series/news/405911
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