The Munster Sevens squad, coached by Ian Sherwin and John Lacey, had a very productive weekend as they reached the semi-finals of the Ondeo City of Stirling Sevens tournament in Scotland.
They may not have gotten their hands on the silverware, but the Munster Sevens’ young guns produced a great display of running rugby on Saturday, as they claimed a semi-final spot in their very first Sevens tournament.
The Munster side, which was selected from available Development and Academy-contracted players and AIB League players, lost out to the Kenny Logan RBS Private Banking All-Stars, which included current English and Scottish Sevens internationals.
The All-Stars subsequently went on to the win the tournament as they defeated Edinburgh Rugby in the final.
Not everyone came away empty handed as Cork Constitution and Munster out-half Jeremy Manning scooped the Player of the tournament award, showing impressive form against stiff competition from the international Sevens players.
From a developmental player point of view, the tournament was extremely beneficial for enhancing the players’ skills and will feature on the province’s calendar in the coming years.
Overall it was a hugely enjoyable weekend and a special thanks has to be given to Jim Steel, Managing Director of Dataspace Scotland Ltd., who sponsored the Munster Sevens squad.
MUNSTER Sevens Squad: Barry Keeshan (Dolphin), Sam Cronin (UCC), Barry O’Mahoney (Garryowen), Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians), David Cusack (Thomond), Liam Og Murphy (Young Munster), Scott Deasy (UCC), Ian Hanly (UL Bohemians), Eoghan Grace (Shannon).
Management/Coaching Staff: Ian Sherwin (Munster Rugby Academy Manager), John Lacey (Regional Development Officer), Ray Egan (Fitness & Conditioning), Ian Dunne (Kit Manager), Declan Lynch (Physiotherapist).