Ireland 7s squad for Clermont trip named
The Ireland Men’s 7s squad to compete in the third stage of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix in Clermont this weekend has been confirmed.
The Irish side are currently tied on 36 points in the overall table with Spain and Russia, after finishing in third place in Lodz, Poland, and first in Moscow.
Josh Rowland is set to make his first Sevens appearance of the season having been sidelined through injury earlier in the year, as he replaces the injured Terry Kennedy.
UCD’S Billy Dardis will captain the side and he is joined by fellow UCD club mates Hugo Keenan and Harry Mcnulty.
All three players were involved in the opening two rounds, as were the Lansdowne trio of Ian Fitzpatrick, John O’donnell and Mark Roche.
Clontarf’s Mick Mcgrath, Naas wing Fionn Carr and Queen’s University backrow Nick Timoney are all set for their third Rugby Europe appearance of the summer, as is Jordan Conroy, who has scored seven tries in the opening two rounds.
Munster and Shannon wing Greg O’shea will win his second Ireland 7s cap, having made his debut in Lodz.
Speaking on the confirmation of the squad, IRFU Director of Rugby 7s Anthony Eddy said;
“With it being very competitive between ourselves, Russia and Spain, the players know that a good performance this weekend should set us up well for a good finish the final tournament in Exeter in two weeks’ time.”
Ireland are in Pool C with Belgium, Italy and Wales.