It was a very good weekend for the Ireland men’s team and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe at the Toulouse leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Ireland won a first silver medal in a World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Toulouse on Sunday, as they fell to a 29-17 defeat to Fiji in the final.
Although Fiji proved to be too strong in the end, it was a fantastic weekend for Ireland, as they beat reigning champions South Africa, Spain, Argentina and hosts France on the way to the final.
Ireland have risen to fourth place in the men’s World Rugby Sevens Series rankings, with two events left to play this season.
Finishing higher than fourth place is unlikely for Ireland, as they trail Australia in third place by 22 points on the overall standings. However, a highest-ever finish is certainly on the cards, as Ireland have never placed higher than sixth.
🇦🇺 4 x @Aussie7s
🇫🇯 1 x @fijirugby
🇫🇷 1 x @FranceRugby
☘️ 1 x @IrishRugby
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) May 22, 2022
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe named in the dream team.
Ireland’s women’s sevens team also gave a very good account of themselves in Toulouse, as they finished in fourth place after losing 26-10 to Fiji in the bronze final.
The Toulouse leg was the final event of the women’s series, with Australia being crowned as champions after picking up the gold medal in four of the six tournaments this season.
Ireland finished in fourth place overall, while dual sevens and 15s star Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe was named on the women’s World Rugby Sevens Series dream team, along with four Australians, one French player and one Fijian player.
Murphy Crowe also finished at the top of the World Rugby Sevens Series try-scorers list, with her tally of 36 for the season.