19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
Ireland began their campaign with a 26-12 win over Georgia in which Conor McPhillips, Martin McPhail, Ian Humphreys and Andrew Maxwell bagging tries.
In the Semi-Final, Ireland recovered too late from a bad start and lost out to Italy. The Italians carved out a 19-0 lead in the first half and despite an Andy Dunne-led revival, couldn't grab an equalising try in going down 19-12.
This led to a play-off versus Scotland, won 14-7 by Ireland. James Downey and John McWeeney scored the crucial tries that saw Ireland finish in a deserved third place.
Ireland qualify for the finals in Hong Kong for the first time in three years.
The tournament was won by Portugal who defeated Italy 21-14 in the final.
After the disappointment of losing to France 14-0 on day one, the Irish turned the afterburners on and blitzed Georgia 26-12 in the quarter-finals, a game won more comfortably than the score suggests.
Naturally, Ireland coach Ryan Constable was pleased with his team's performance: This was a very important win for us, as we secured the main objective of our campaign, to qualify for RWC 2005. This will enable the Irish Union to create a programme for the Ireland sevens team, to enable us to compete with the best in Hong Kong next year.
The total number of nations now qualified for the Hong Kong finals is 20 - out of the field of 24. England have already qualified for the Sevens World Cup on the strength of their performance during the 2003/04 IRB World Sevens series.
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