18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Over 72 teams have registered to compete in the Heineken Kinsale Seven's tournament, ranging from Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men, and for the first time ever in the history of this tournament, an All-Ireland U20s competition. The participating teams hail from a far away as Fiji, and the USA, plus teams from England, and clubs in Ireland.
The main competition will begin on Saturday, with the first game kicking off at 10.00am.
Some of the highlights of today's line-up include the Junior Mens game between Kinsale and Old Belvedere. Kick off for that is at 10.00am. Other games well worth a watch, London Irish V Old Crescent at 11.20am. The Womens competition kicks off at 1.20pm, with the opening game between Royal Vet College and De La Salle. One to note in the Senior Mens is the South Sea Drifters, a selection of Fijian players based in London, against Brixworth. This match is scheduled to start at 3pm sharp.
The finals of Saturday's competition will be played in the evening, with the U-20s Semi-Final kicking off proceedings at 5pm. The Womens final and the Senior Mens final will follow.
The tournament will continue on Sunday May 5, with another interesting line up of games. The Heineken Sevens by the Sea will be well worth a visit. One can enjoy the rugby, or just the delights of Kinsale hospitality