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Whatever way you look at it the results from Dubai in both the Women’s and the Men’s Sevens competitions must be seen as a disappointment, particularly in the case of Ireland Women.

I was looking for a 9th place finish for the Women and a top two finish for the Men but, despite a win against the USA in their opening game, Ireland Women had a dreadful tournament ending up in last place, losing a huge amount of ground to 2nd place Russia and 8th place Spain who they will face in the Olympic Repêchage in June 2016.

Ireland Men did finish 3rd overall, so only one place off the expected top two finish. However given that the level of the International Invitational is so far below that of the World Series that one place slip is fairly significant. In fairness,  margins are tight and the only real disappointment was their 19 – 0 defeat by Apache in their second game as subsequent results indicated that it was a game they should have won.

The knock on effect of that loss put them up against, eventual winners, Samurai International in the semi finals whereas I wasn’t expecting them to play the top side until the final.

Ireland Women: Dubai 7’s HSBC World Series
PoolUSA05 – 12Ireland
PoolCanada17 – 07Ireland
PoolFuji27 – 10Ireland
Semi FinalIreland07 – 29Brazil
11th Place Play OffIreland24 – 31USA
Ireland Men: Dubai 7’s International Invitational    
PoolBelgium 7’s00 – 36Ireland
PoolApache19 – 00Ireland
Quarter FinalGeorgia 7’s07 – 20Ireland
Semi FinalSamuari26 – 12Ireland
3rd Place Play OffIreland12 – 10France Dev
Sevens Squads
Ireland WomenIreland Men
Ashleigh Baxter*Adam Byrne
Megan WilliamsAaron Cairns*
Sene NaoupuTom Daly
Claire KeohaneBarry Daly
Stacey FloodDan Goggin
Lucy MulhallFoster Horan
Eimear ConsidineTerry Kennedy
Louise GalvinGearoid Lyons
Amee-Leigh CroweDavid McGuigan*
Alison MillerRory O’Loughlin
Audrey O’FlynnNick Timoney*
Katie FitzhenrySteve Toal-Lennon

* Ulster based players.

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