Women’s Sevens face tough mission in Olympic qualifiers

The Ireland Women’s Sevens squad to play in the second round of European Olympic qualifiers in Brive this weekend will share a pool with England, Scotland and Germany.

Ireland won the Plate Trophy in the opening round of competition in Russia and hope to build on that, even iftheir opponents are competing on the World Circuit.

The Ireland Men’s Sevens squad will take part in Rugby Europe Men’s Division B tournament in Croatia and would appear to face less daunting opposition in Slovenia, Bulgaria and Austria.

The highest-ranked eligible team from Division B qualifies to participate in the Rugby Europe Olympic Repechage Tournament in Lisbon on July 18 and 19.

The winner of the Lisbon tournament will then have the opportunity to compete in the World Olympic Repechage in 2016 to secure the last spot for Rio 2016.

Ireland Women’s Sevens Squad (Round 2, European Qualifiers, Brive, France)

Shannon Houston (Blackrock/ Leinster), Audrey O’Flynn (TID), Nicole Cronin (Shannon/ Munster), Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (St Mary’s/ Leinster), Eimear Considine (TID), Ashleigh Baxter (Cook/Ulster), Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock/ Leinster), Claire Keohane (UL Bohemian/ Munster), Lucy Mulhall (TID) Capt, Claire Molloy (Bristol/ Connacht), Louise Galvin (UL Bohemian/ Munster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/ Connacht).

Schedule (tomorrow, all times local):

11.50am - Ireland v Scotland; 14.50 – Ireland v Germany, 17.28 - Ireland v England

Ireland v England Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad (Rugby Europe Men’s Division B, Zagreb)

Adam Byrne (UCD/Leinster), Aaron Cairns (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Tom Daly (Lansdowne/ Leinster), Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne/Leinster), Terry Kennedy (St Mary’s/ Leinster), Shane Layden (Buccaneers/ Connacht), Gearoid Lyons (Young Munster/Munster), Diarmuid McCarthy (Young Munster/Munster), David McGuigan (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Harry McNulty (UCD/Leinster), Mark Roche (Lansdowne/ Leinster), Alex Wootton (Garryowen/Munster)

Schedule (Tomorrow, all times local):

11.28 Slovenia v Ireland, 13.22 Bulgaria v Ireland, 16.22 Ireland v Austria

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