Ireland Women’s 7s coach Stan McDowell has named 13 players to travel to Kazan for the Rugby Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament this weekend.
The overall winner of the competition will earn a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, while the teams finishing in 2nd and 3rd place will have the opportunity to qualify for the games via the World Repechage.
Ulster’s representation has dropped to one, with Brittany Hogan the only Ulster player selected. Ashleigh Baxter’s injury issues continue and Claire Boles missing out more than likely due to the return of the experienced Audrey Flynn.
Lucy Mulhall again captains the squad. The Rathdrum player brings a cool head and bags of experience, as does the aforementioned O’Flynn who makes a welcome return from injury.
We’ll have a full preview of Ireland’s chances on Thursday, once we’ve had a chance to review the other sides.
Ireland finished in 4th Place at the opening round of Rugby Europe Grand Prix in Marcoussis which decided the Pool seedings for this weekend, therefore Ireland are drawn into Pool C alongside Spain, Romania and Czech Republic.
Full Ireland Women’s 7s Squad
2019 Rugby Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament,
Kazan, Russia (Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 14)
|Ireland Women 7s Squad
2019 European Grand Prix Experience
|Kathy Barker (Blackrock/Leinster)||5||0|
|Megan Burns (Tullamore/Leinster)||5||5|
|Stacy Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)||5||5|
|Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians/Munster)||3||5|
|Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)||5||14|
|Brittany Hogan (Railway Union/Ulster)||5||5|
|Emily Lane (Mallow/Munster)||5||0|
|Anna McGann (UCD/Old Belvedere/Leinster)||5||0|
|Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum) (Captain)||5||15|
|Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)||4||35|
|Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird (Old Belvedere/Munster)||4||10|
|Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland Sevens Programme)||0||0|
|Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)||5||20|
Pool C: Saturday 13th July
Ireland v Romania – 10.06am (UK/IRE)
Ireland v Czech Republic – 12.51pm (UK/IRE)
Ireland v Spain – 3.14pm (UK/IRE)