Ireland Women’s 7s Coach Stan McDowell has named the 13-player squad ahead of this weekend’s Rugby Europe 7s Grand Prix in Marcoussis, France.

Anna McGann comes into the squad and Lucy Mulhall returns to captain the side in the first round of the Grand Prix Series, which serves as the seeding tournament for the European Olympic Qualifier which takes place in Kazan, Russia on the 13th-14th July.

When are the games?

Ireland are placed in Pool C alongside Scotland, Italy and Spain. The matches on Saturday 29th June are as follows.

Ireland v Spain – (Ireland 15  Spain 0)
Ireland v Italy – 15:41 UK/IRE
Ireland v Scotland – 18:26 UK/IRE

Note – Original times shown have been corrected to reflect amended running time. 

The tournament will be live streamed on RugbyEurope.tv.

Why is it important?

It’s been four years in the planning for Ireland Women to get to this stage of the Olympic Qualifying process, with the Olympics seen as the ultimate goal for this squad. 

They will want to get a high seeding in this leg and record good results against the other top European sides with France, Spain, England and Russia the main competition. 

Who’s playing?

Ulster are represented once again by Claire Boles and Brittany Hogan. The full squad and their experience at this level is shown below. 

Ireland Women 7s extended squad for Marcoussis 7s 
 
All Time Stats 2019 Stats
PLD Points Tries Played Points Tries
Kathy Barker 14 5 1 5 0 0
Claire Boles 32 10 2 16 5 1
Megan Burns 14 5 1 14 5 1
Stacy Flood 95 125 25 14 15 3
Louise Galvin 75 90 18 26 20 4
Eve Higgins 58 111 19 34 96 16
Brittany Hogan 26 5 1 26 5 1
Emily Lane 21 10 2 21 10 2
Lucy Mulhall 103 331 20 23 82 3
Anna McGann 25 20 4 21 20 4
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe 112 420 84 33 175 35
Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird 50 25 5 31 15 3
Hannah Tyrrell 82 72 14 27 42 8

 

What happens next?

It’s all focusing on those Olympic qualifiers after this tournament before returning to the second leg of the Grand Prix. 

13th – 14th July 2019 » Rugby Europe Olympic Qualifier – Kazan, Russia.
20th – 21st July 2019 » Rugby Europe Grand Prix – 2nd Leg – Kharkiv, Ukraine

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