The Ireland Women’s 7s side to compete at the second round of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai this Thursday and Friday has been named by Director of Rugby 7s Anthony Eddy.
The side will be captained by Lucy Mulhall and features Brittany Hogan, who is set for her Series debut, having first been capped in September at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix in Kazan.
Hogan, who plays with Railway Union and Ulster, has come through the Ireland 7s pathway, representing Ireland at U18s level and was part of the Ireland Women’s 7s Development side that played at the International Invitational tournament in Dubai this time last year.
Louise Galvin returns to the squad having missed out on the opening round of the Series in Colorado last month due to injury.
Ireland are drawn with New Zealand, Russia and invitational side Kenya in Pool A, with European rivals Russia first up on Thursday.
Ahead of the tournament, Anthony Eddy said;
“We are all looking forward to the tournament, the girls have had a good preparation and I think they are now just excited about playing again and competing at this level.
The Dubai Sevens is a great event on the World Series circuit – there’s always a great atmosphere and we’ve seen a good turnout of Irish supporters over the years, so I know the players are looking forward to the competition and showing what they can do.”
The action will be streamed live via World Rugby’s online platforms and you can keep up with the team’s time in Dubai using the hashtag #IreW7s and on the Irish Rugby social channels.
For more information on the Dubai 7s, or to buy tickets, visit: www.dubairugby7s.com
Ireland Women’s 7s – Dubai 7s, Sevens Stadium, Dubai – 30 November / 1 December 2017
Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke RFC /Ulster)
Aoife Doyle (Shannon RFC & Railway Union RFC/Munster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Louise Galvin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Brittany Hogan (Railway Union RFC/Ulster) *
Anna McGann (UCD RFC & Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum RFC) Captain
Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe (Railway Union RFC/Munster)
Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (Old Belvedere RFC/Munster)
Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland Sevens)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
*Denotes uncapped at this level
Ireland Women’s 7s World Sevens Series Fixtures – Thursday 29th November
Ireland v Russia, 13.28 local time/ 9.28 Irish time
Ireland v Kenya, 16.24 local time/ 12.24 Irish time
New Zealand v Ireland, 19.43 local time/ 15.43 Irish time
Friday 30th November