The Ireland Women’s Sevens team has been announced for the second leg of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai which takes part on Thursday and Friday of this week.
Of course, the big news is that Team FRU’s Brittany Hogan has been selected in the squad and will become the first player from our support programme to reach senior international status. The selection is testament to Brittany’s hard work, drive and determination and all at The FRU wish her all the best in her first senior appearance.
“I’m delighted to have made the Ireland Women’s team for the Dubai Sevens. It’s been a lot of hard work to get here and I’d like to thank The Front Row Union for all their support in my journey.
“It’s a huge honour to pull on the green shirt and I hope I do all those who have supported me at Ulster, Cooke, Ballynahinch and also in the Ireland Development Squad proud.
The squad also features Cooke player Ashleigh Baxter who is the ideal example for any aspiring young player, having represented Ireland at four World Cups, two in XV’s and two in Sevens and the team will be lead once again by Lucy Mulhall. Louise Galvin returns to the squad after injury and Old Belvedere’s Anna McGann rejoins the squad.
Despite winning only two matches in their first outing this season, at Glendale in October, it was still regarded as a successful outing for Ireland. Early Pool losses to France and Canada, were followed by a big opening day win against Fiji which squeezed Ireland into the top eight of the Cup Competition for Day 2. Here, a loss to New Zealand was followed by a win against Russia and a narrow loss to current World Series Champions Australia for a 6th place finish.
This time round the team is placed in Pool A, alongside New Zealand, Russia and Kenya and Ireland will be targeting wins against Russia and Kenya. The matches will be streamed live by World Rugby throughout the day and Ireland’s kick off times are shown below.
All Day 1 matches take place on Thursday 29th November and will be streamed live via World Rugby.
Ireland v Russia at 09:28 UK/IRE
Ireland v Kenya at 12:24 UK/IRE
Ireland v New Zealand at1 5:43 UK/IRE
Ireland will be targeting a second successive top eight finish for the first time ever.
IRELAND WOMEN’S SEVENS – Dubai 7s
Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke/Ulster)
Aoife Doyle (Shannon/Railway Union/Munster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)
Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)
Brittany Hogan (Railway Union/Ulster)
Anna McGann (UCD/Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum) (c)
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)
Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (Old Belvedere/Munster)
Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland Sevens)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)