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Ireland Men’s 7s Squad Confirmed For Moscow 7s

17th May 2018 By The Editor

Ireland Men’s 7s Squad Confirmed For Moscow 7s

Munster Academy and Cork Constitution centre Shane Daly is one of two players from the province selected INPHO/Jayne Russell

The Ireland Men’s 7s management have confirmed the 13-man squad to travel to Moscow for the opening round of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series this weekend.

The Ireland Men’s 7s management have confirmed the 13-man squad to travel to Moscow for the opening round of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series this weekend.

Greencore Munster Rugby Academy and Cork Constitution centre Shane Daly, and Shannon’s Greg O’Shea feature in the squad.

Ireland were the winners of the event in Moscow last season, and finished second on the overall Grand Prix Series.

Their second-place finish gained them a spot at the World Series Qualifier in Hong Kong, which was held in April this year. Ireland narrowly lost out to eventual tournament winners Japan in the Semi-Final. The Grand Prix Series will again serve as the entry route to next year’s World Series Qualifier.

Ireland are drawn in Pool B for Moscow, along with Germany, Portugal and Poland.

Billy Dardis will captain the squad in Russia and he is joined by UCD team-mates Hugo Keenan and Harry McNulty in the travelling party.

Fresh from success with his club Lansdowne in the All Ireland League final, Ian Fitzpatrick is named in the side. Cork Con’s Shane Daly, who lined out against Lansdowne in the Aviva Stadium two weeks ago is also included.

O’Shea also had success in the All Ireland League this season, as he was part of the Shannon side that were successful in winning Division 1B and gaining promotion back to Division 1A.

Speedsters Robert Balacoune, Jordan Conroy and Terry Kennedy are all set to travel, as is Suttonians scrum-half Sean Cribbin.

John O’Donnell, Bryan Mollen and Mark Roche complete the squad.

Speaking ahead of the squad’s departure for Russia, the IRFU’s Director of Rugby Sevens, Anthony Eddy, said:

With a busy schedule over the next few months including the Sevens Rugby World Cup in July, the players are hungrier than ever for success and are all looking forward to getting back out on the field this weekend.

“We have a challenging pool for Moscow; Germany reached the final of the Hong Kong Qualifier, Poland are always a strong and physical side and Portugal are a pacey team so it will be important that the players are focused throughout each game as we look to get things off to a good start.

After Moscow, Ireland will compete at the World Sevens Series events in London (2nd & 3rd June) and Paris (9th & 10th June) as the invitational side (more information here: www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series).

They then travel to Marcoussis in France for the second round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series (30th June and 1st July) and the following week they compete at the third round in Exeter (7th & 8th July).

The Men’s and Women’s 7s side will both compete at the World Rugby Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco over the weekend of the 20/21/22 July at the AT&T Stadium (tickets available here: www.rwcsevens.com/tickets )

The final round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix takes place in Poland on the 8th & 9th September.

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS Squad (2018 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series – Round 1, Oktyabr Stadium, Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 19-Sunday, May 20):

Robert Balacoune (Enniskillen RFC/Ulster)
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers RFC)
Sean Cribbin (Suttonians RFC)
Shane Daly (Cork Constitution FC/Munster)
Billy Dardis (UCD RFC) Captain
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
Hugo Keenan (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)
Harry McNulty (UCD RFC)
Bryan Mollen (Dublin University FC)
John O’Donnell (Lansdowne FC)
Greg O’Shea (Shannon RFC)
Mark Roche (Blackrock College RFC)

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS Fixtures:

Moscow 7s – Pool B:

Saturday, May 19:

Ireland v Poland – 10.44am local time/8.44am Irish time
Ireland v Portugal – 1.29pm local time/11.29am Irish time
Ireland v Germany, 4.36pm local time/2.36pm Irish time

Sunday, May 20:

Play-Offs

The full fixtures/pools are available on the Rugby Europe tournament page. Live streaming of the matches will be on www.rugbyeurope.tv .

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