Letterkenny’s Mya Alcorn and Dungannon’s Lucy Turkington have been selected as part of the Ireland Women U18 7s side that will be competing in the Paris World Games this weekend where they will face teams from France and Canada.
Alcorn and Turkington have been on the FRU’s radar for a couple of seasons after excellent displays for Ulster U18 in 2017 when they were aged 15 and 16 respectively and we know they will both love the pictures we’ve chosen from then 😀
Since then, Alcorn, an out and out speedster, missed the bulk of last season due to injury only returning to action a few weeks before an appearance at Ravenhill for her school Loreto Secondary.
The multi talented Turkington has spent the time developing her game after making a successful switch from out half to back row last season. She’ll bring the complete package of silky skills and a hard edge, so important in the modern 7s game.
The Ulster girls are joined by three players from Connacht, one from Munster and six from Leinster in the 12 player squad and it’s a big shout out to our friends in Westport RFC, Connacht, who have two players, Grace Browne-Moran and Ava Ryder, selected as testament to their highly productive age grade programme.
The squad in full is as follows.
Ireland U18 7s Squad for Paris World Games
Mya Alcorn (Letterkenny/Ulster)
Grace Browne-Moran (Westport/Connacht)
Kate Farrell (Gorey/Leinster)
Méabh McElligott (Listowel/Munster)
Caoimhe O’Callaghan (Dundalk/Leinster)
Katie-Anne O’Neill (Naas/Leinster)
Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinsloe/Connacht)
Leah Reilly (Navan/Leinster)
Ava Ryder (Westport/Connacht)
Lucy Turkington (Dungannon/Ulster)
Aoife Wafer (Enniscorthy/Leinster)
Katie Whelan (Enniscorthy/Leinster)
With Ireland the only representative side featured in the Paris World Games, the competition should hopefully just be a hit out for the Irish players in preparation for the Home Nations tournament in Wales on the 17th/18th of August and the Rugby Europe U18 Girls 7s Championships in Jarocin, Poland on August 31st and September 1st.
With only six teams competing in the Rugby 7s at the World Games, (which also features competitions in Badminton, Basketball, Football and Handball), all the teams will play each other once on a league basis, the top two sides then competing for the cup at the end of Day 2. The other teams will take part in positional playoffs.
Ireland U18 7s matches are as follows:
Day 1 – Saturday 6th July 2019
Ireland v NRU Thunder (Canada) – 11:00am (UK/IRE)
Ireland v Celtic Barbarians (Canada) – 2.20pm (UK/IRE)
Ireland v ASS Sarcelles Rugby (France) – 4:40pm (UK/IRE)
Day 2 – Sunday 7th July 2019
Ireland v RC Féminines du Pays de Brest (France) – 10:20am (UK/IRE)
Ireland v 7s Fanatics – Massy (France) – 3:00pm (UK/IRE)
Play-Offs – To be decided.