2019-20 International 7s Women Ireland Women 7s World Rugby Women Sevens Series

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Hamilton

The HSBC World Rugby Women’s Seven Series is back in the spotlight this weekend with the New Zealand leg taking place in Hamilton.

With the Australian Leg in Sydney the following weekend, Ireland have sent a squad of 14 to compete in the southern hemisphere with a final 12 to be selected for each competition squad.

The extended squad features two Ulster players in Brittany Hogan and Lucinda Kinghan, who are both studying and training in Dublin.

Kinghan will be making World Series debut if she makes it into the match day squad for either competition and Anna McGann returns to the squad for the first time since Langford last season.

You can see the 14 player extended squad below together with their World Series Sevens stats for this season.

Due to the matches no longer being streamed free, and our increased club match coverage this season, we haven’t covered any to date but we have been keeping an eye on their progress and you can review the story of their season so far below.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a great season for Ireland Women 7s.

In the three legs to date, Glendale, Dubai and Cape Town they have played 13 games out of a maximum of 18. However, this season, 18 matches would have meant, at least, a top three play off in all of the tournaments as some of the lower placed play off matches have been dropped.

Ireland qualified once for the Cup knock-out stages, losing in the QF to New Zealand at Glendale. In the other two legs they have been in the bottom four subsidiary competition which now only involves one play off match for 9th or 11th place depending on how they finished in the Pool stages.

Of the 13 games played they have won two and lost 11, scoring 147 points and conceding 370.

Ireland’s two wins both came against Brazil, who are in their first season as as core team.

The current standings in the World Series is shown below.

1New Zealand 16202056
2Australia 18141850
3USA 20161248
4Canada 10181644
5France 14121440
6Russia 810624
7Spain 126422
8Fiji 281020
9England 44816
10Ireland 63211
11Japan 314
12Brazil 1214
13South Africa 33

Ireland will be bolstered by the return of Lucy Mulhall and Stacey Flood who have been out injured since the Glendale leg.

Their return gives the team a pleasing mix of youth and experience but Ireland will need to hit the ground running if they are to improve on their last two outings and secure qualification for the Cup knockout stages.

There are no easy groups in this competition and Ireland are drawn in POOL C with France, Canada and Spain with Canada and France up first on Day 1.

Their campaign kicks off on Friday night in UK/IRE, though it will be Saturday morning in New Zealand. Fixtures below:

  • Ireland v Canada, 8.52pm Friday 24th January UK/IRE
  • Ireland v France, 2.08am Saturday 25th January UK/IRE
  • Ireland v Spain, 7.45pm Saturday 25th January UK/IRE

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