Ire­land 7s squad for Cler­mont trip named

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GENERAL - Fer­gus Jayes

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.

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