The Ireland Women's Sevens squad for the FIRA/AER European Women's Sevens Grand Prix event in Moscow this weekend has been announced.
Ireland will feature in Pool B along with England, Portugal and Belgium, with the pool games taking place at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex on Saturday and the play-offs to follow on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, head coach Jon Skurr said: "The preparation for the Europeans has been good. We have made a few changes from Amsterdam with Nicole Cronin and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe returning to the squad.
"The girls' skills are improving week on week. That said, it is time for us to push on and start to deliver consistent performances.
"We go into this tournament knowing that we have to finish in the top two, excluding the three core teams (Russia, Spain and England), to advance to the Women's Sevens World Series requalification event in September."
IRELAND WOMEN'S SEVENS Squad (FIRA/AER European Women's Sevens Grand Prix Tournament, Luzhniki Olympic Complex, Moscow, Russia, June 7-8):
1. Shannon Houston (Blackrock/Leinster) (capt) 2. Martina McCarthy (St. Mary's/Talent ID Programme) 3. Elaine Ryan (Talent ID Programme) 4. Nicole Cronin (Shannon/Munster) 5. Claire Keohane (UL Bohemians/Munster) 6. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 7. Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Clanwilliam/Munster) 8. Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock/Leinster) 9. Nikki Caughey (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 10. Siobhan Barrett (Tralee/Munster) 11. Laura Lee Walsh (Talent ID Programme) 12. Susan Vaughan (Railway Union/Leinster)
POOL B - Saturday, June 7
IRELAND v Portugal, 11.28am local time/8.28am Irish time IRELAND v Belgium, 2.28pm local time/11.28am Irish time England v IRELAND, 5.28pm local time/2.28pm Irish time
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