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Ireland Announce Squad For Opening Leg Of World Series

Director of Sevens Rugby, Anthony Eddy, has announced his Ireland women’s sevens squad for the opening leg of the 2018-19 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series which takes place in Glendale, Colorado. 

This season, the women’s World Series has increased from five to six legs and in addition to the Glendale leg which gets underway this weekend, the remaining venues are Dubai, Sydney, Kitakyushu, Langford and Paris.

The squad will be captained by Lucy Mulhall and it also includes Mallow’s Emily Lane who looks set to make her World Series debut after coming through the  IRFU’s Women’s Development pathway.

“The players are looking forward to getting the new season of the World Series underway next weekend in Colorado,” Eddy said.

“We continue to see steady improvement and depth in the squad and the more experienced players are well aware of the challenges that lie ahead.

“This is an important season for the team and the Colorado tournament will be a good challenge as we certainly have some tough opposition in our pool.

“The standard of all the teams on the series continues to improve, and with Canada, Fiji and France in our pool it means three big tests on Day 1.”

Ireland Women’s 7s – Glendale 7s, Infinity Park, Colorado – 20-21 October 2018 
Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke RFC)
Claire Boles (Railway Union RFC)
Aoife Doyle (Shannon RFC & Railway Union RFC)
Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock College RFC)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC)
Katie Heffernan (Mullingar RFC & Railway Union RFC)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC)
Emily Lane (Mallow RFC)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum RFC)
Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe (Railway Union RFC)
Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird (Old Belvedere RFC)
Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland Sevens)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere RFC)

Ireland Women’s 7s – Glendale 7s Fixtures – Pool C
Saturday 20th October 2018
France v Ireland – 10:52am (local time)/5:52pm (Irish time)
Canada v Ireland – 1:14pm (local time)/8:14pm (Irish time)
Ireland v Fiji – 3:58pm (local time)/10:58pm (Irish time)

Sunday 21st October 2018
Play-Offs

HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series Rounds
Glendale 7s, Infinity Park, Colorado, USA – 20-21 October 2018
Dubai 7s, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, UAE – 29-30 November 2018
Sydney 7s, Spotless Stadium, Sydney, Australia – 1-3 February 2019
Kitakyushu 7s, Mikuni World Stadium, Kitakyushu, Japan – 20-21 April 2019
Langford 7s, Westhills Stadium, Vancouver Island, Canada – 11-12 May 2019
Paris 7s, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France – 31 May – 2 July 2019

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter

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