IRFU Leisure Rugby Manager, Olly Hodges said, "For a first year competition coming at the end of a busy season, last year was a great success in terms of the clubs who committed teams to the provincial and the national tournaments. The IRFU's club sevens strategy has been to introduce the sevens game in a more formal manner for club's rather than how the other invitational tournaments do. This allows clubs to bring actual grassroots players into competitive tournaments to play on a level playing environment and so let players develop into their own understanding and experience of the game."
Last year Dublin University defeated Ulster Bank Division 1B side, U.L. Bohemians 39-10 in the men's final and U.L. Bohemians claimed the women's title with a 22-0 win over St. Mary's.
This year, all of the provincial tournaments will see men's (senior and junior) and women's teams drawn from clubs, countrywide finish up the season with a highly competitive seven-a-side form of the game. The newly added underage sections are expected to see a large level of interest and entry of teams.
Four provincial rounds of IRFU Club Sevens will take place on the April 28th, with the All-Ireland Championship taking place on Saturday, May 12th at Buccaneers RFC.
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2011/12 IRFU Club Sevens Tournaments
Saturday April 28th
Connacht Championship - Galway Sportsground, Galway
Leinster Championship - De La Salle Palmerston, Dublin
Munster Championship - Bruff RFC, Limerick
Ulster Championship - Belfast Harlequins RFC, Belfast
Saturday May 12th
All Ireland Club Sevens Championship - Buccaneers RFC, Athlone