Limerick man stars as Ireland 7s qualify for World Rugby World Series

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Limerick man stars as Ireland 7s qualify for World Rugby World Series

Limerick winger Greg O'Shea, of Shannon RFC, in action for the Ireland 7s side at the World Rugby 7s Qualification Tournament in Hong Kong

LIMERICK rugby flyer Greg O'Shea played a starring role as the Ireland Mens 7s side claimed their place in the World Rugby World Series.

Clinical Ireland claimed victory in World Rugby 7s Qualification Tournament in Hong Kong after defeating the hosts 28-7 and, as a result, earned a place as one of the core 20 teams for next season’s World Rugby World Series.

The success means Ireland will now compete at the very elite level of the 7s game, the World Rugby Seven Series from next year.

Greg O'Shea scored one of Ireland's four tries in their impressive win over the hosts in the final. The speedster also managed three tries against Russia in two pool and quarter-final fixtures over the weekend.

Twenty four-year-old Shannon RFC clubman O’Shea, who has been a member of the Munster Academy, has mpressed for the Ireland 7s teams in a number of international events in recent seasons.

The Munster Schools Senior Cup winner with Crescent College Comprehensive has played his club rugby with Shannon from under-age level.

Flying winger O’Shea has also represented Munster and Ireland at U-18 and U-20 level as well senior level for Munster.

A talented athlete, O’Shea also competed in athletics at international level competing for Ireland in the European Youth Olympics in the 100m.

Reacting to Ireland's qualification, Ireland captain William Dardis said: "We're just delighted. To reflect on this, the last 16 to 24 months have been a long, hard road. At the end, we all just stood on the pitch, we couldn't move. We're just speechless, it's class.

"In previous years we may have underestimated this three-day tournament and how competitive it is. Every team was going to be desperate so it will be extra hard.  

"If we can qualify for the Olympics in the summer, then that will be two boxes ticked."