The Ireland Women’s 7s side to compete at the second round of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai this Thursday and Friday has been named by Director of Rugby 7s Anthony Eddy.
The side will be captained by Lucy Mulhall and features Brittany Hogan (pictured), who is set for her Series debut, having first been capped in September at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix in Kazan.
Hogan, who developed her game at Ballynahinch, has come through the Ireland 7s pathway, representing Ireland at U18s level and was part of the Ireland Women’s 7s Development side that played at the International Invitational tournament in Dubai this time last year.
Louise Galvin returns to the squad having missed out on the opening round of the Series in Colorado last month due to injury.
Ireland are drawn with New Zealand, Russia and invitational side Kenya in Pool A, with European rivals Russia first up on Thursday.
Ahead of the tournament, Anthony Eddy said;
“We are all looking forward to the tournament, the girls have had a good preparation and I think they are now just excited about playing again and competing at this level.
The Dubai Sevens is a great event on the World Series circuit – there’s always a great atmosphere and we’ve seen a good turnout of Irish supporters over the years, so I know the players are looking forward to the competition and showing what they can do.”
The action will be streamed live via World Rugby’s online platforms and you can keep up with the team’s time in Dubai using the hashtag #IreW7s and on the Irish Rugby social channels.
For more information on the Dubai 7s, or to buy tickets, visit: www.dubairugby7s.com
Ireland Women’s 7s – Dubai 7s, Sevens Stadium, Dubai – 30 November / 1 December 2017
Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke RFC/Ulster)
Aoife Doyle (Shannon RFC & Railway Union RFC/Munster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Louise Galvin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Brittany Hogan (Railway Union RFC/Ulster) *
Anna McGann (UCD RFC & Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum RFC) Captain
Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe (Railway Union RFC/Munster)
Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (Old Belvedere RFC/Munster)
Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland Sevens)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
*Denotes uncapped at this level
Ireland Women’s 7s World Sevens Series Fixtures – Thursday 29th November
Ireland v Russia, 13.28 local time/ 9.28 Irish time
Ireland v Kenya, 16.24 local time/ 12.24 Irish time
New Zealand v Ireland, 19.43 local time/ 15.43 Irish time
Friday 30th November
For more info on the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series, visit: https://www.worldrugby.org/womens-sevens-series
Meanwhile, the Ireland Development side has also been named for the Dubai 7s International Invitational.
The squad combines players who have experience on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series with younger talent that is progressing through the Ireland Women’s 7s programme.
Claire Boles, Katie Heffernan and Claire Keohane have all competed on the World Series, and their experience will be important for some of the younger players involved.
Anna Doyle and Emily Lane won their first caps earlier this year at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix in Kazan, while Lecky Dunne has come through the Irish Rugby IQ Programme.
Laura Sheehan, who made her Ireland Women’s 15s debut against the USA during the November Internationals is also included.
The team and will be up against the German national side and invitational sides Tribe 7s, who are set to feature several Australian development players and Phoenix 7s who hail from Miami, Florida and are likely to feature several former internationals.
On confirmation of the side, Anthony Eddy said;
“This will be the third season where we have a side competing in the Dubai International Invitational.
The tournament gets more competitive each year, so it will be a great chance for our players to test themselves against some top-quality opposition.
We have seen a number of players who have gained experience on this side progress on to be selected for the World Series competitions, so it’s a great opportunity for the players involved.”
Ireland Women’s Invitational 7s – Dubai Invitational 7s, Sevens Stadium, Dubai (29 / 30 November 2018)
Claire Boles (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)
Anna Doyle (Tullow RFC & Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Lecky Dunne (Railway Union RFC/IQ Rugby)
Lauren Farrell-McCabe (Suttonians RFC/Leinster)
Katie Heffernan (Mullingar RFC & Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Claire Keohane (Railway Union RFC/Munster)
Lucinda Kinghan (Monaghan RFC/Ulster)
Emily Lane (Mallow RFC/Munster)
Molly Scuffil-McCabe (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Laura Sheehan (UL Bohamian RFC/ Munster)
Dorothy Wall (Fethard RFC/Munster)
Ireland Women’s Development 7s International Invitational Fixtures – Thursday 29th November
Ireland v Tribe 7s, 8.40 local time /4.40 Irish time
Ireland v Phoenix 7s, 11.20 local time / 7.20 Irish time
Ireland v Germany, 14.14 local time / 10.14 Irish time
Friday 30th November