Limerick winger named in Ireland Sevens squad for Edmonton event

Limerick winger named in Ireland Sevens squad for Edmonton event

Munster Academy winger Conor Phillips

LIMERICK winger Conor Phillips has been named in the Ireland 7s squad for the latest HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action in Canada next weekend.

Twenty two-year-old Phillips, a member of the Munster Academy, has been included in Anthony Eddy's squad for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event in Edmonton.

Young Munster clubman and former Crescent College Comprehensive Schools Cup star has been part of the National Sevens programme for the last 12 months and featured during the IRFU HPC International 7s tournament in June.

Phillips is a former Ireland U20 international.

Following a fourth place finish in Vancouver, the Ireland Men's Sevens squad have arrived in Edmonton for the second leg of a HSBC Canada Sevens double-header, where they will face Germany, Jamaica and Great Britain in Saturday's Pool action.

A new-look Ireland squad impressed last weekend in Vancouver as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returned after 18 months, and the side - led by Bryan Mollen - will be hoping to build further on those performances at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

IRFU Director of Sevens, Anthony Eddy, has made three injury-enforced changes to the squad for this weekend, with Gavin Mullin, Ed Kelly and Mark Roche unfortunately picking up injuries in Vancouver. All three have been ruled out this week and have returned to Dublin.

Olympians Billy Dardis and Jordan Conroy have linked up with Ireland in Canada and are set for their first action since Tokyo, while Aaron O'Sullivan - who featured heavily on the World Series during the 2020 season - has also joined the squad and adds valuable experience to the ranks ahead of this weekend.

A fourth place finish in Vancouver was Ireland's best placing as a World Series core team, and the exposure of nine debutants to international action across the weekend was a real positive at the start of a new Olympic cycle.

Commenting ahead of the Edmonton tournament, Eddy says this weekend will provide the squad with another exciting opportunity to build experience and cohesion building towards the 2022 season: "It was great to see to team perform so well in Vancouver and they have taken a lot of learnings form that tournament that should put them in a better position this weekend.

"What is really exciting is to see some of the young men that have no experience of this level of competition perform so well and they will continue to develop and become very important players for the team during the 2021/2022 World Series."

Ireland will open their campaign against Germany on Saturday (9.44am local time/4.44pm Irish time), before further Pool C clashes against Jamaica (12.55pm local time/7.55pm Irish time) and Great Britain (4.28pm local time/11.28pm Irish time) later in the day.

All games will be available to watch on the World Rugby Sevens Series social media channels.

Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad (Canada Sevens, Edmonton):

Niall Comerford (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers)
Chris Cosgrave (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Seán Cribbin (Suttonians)
Billy Dardis (Terenure College)
Shane Jennings (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
Sean Kearns (Irish Sevens)
Steven Kilgallen (UCD RFC)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College)(Captain)
Ben Moxham (Ballymena/Ulster)
Aaron O'Sullivan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Conor Phillips (Young Munster/Munster)
Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster).

Ireland Men’s Sevens, Edmonton Fixtures:

Saturday, 25th September:

Pool C:

Ireland v Germany (9.44am local time/4.44pm Irish time)
Ireland v Jamaica (12.55pm local time/7.55pm Irish time)
Great Britain v Ireland (4.28pm local time/11.28pm Irish time)

Sunday, 26th September:

Play-off Matches.

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