The Ireland Women’s squad scooped their second successive Plate title at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series tournament in Malemort, France over the weekend. Check out our photos of the girls in green in action.
Click here to view photos of the Ireland Women playing in the pool stages and knockout rounds of the second leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series.
Ireland’s brace of fifth places in Kazan and Malemort earned them 24 Series points (fifth overall) and qualification for next month’s European Olympic Repechage tournament in Lisbon, Portugal (July 18-19) as well as the Women’s Sevens World Series Repechage event which is being held on August 22-23 (venue to be confirmed).
The other competing countries in Lisbon will be Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Ukraine, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Romania, Belgium, Finland and Sweden. Three teams will progress to join Russia in the World Olympic Repechage in June 2016.
Commenting on the second leg of the Grand Prix Series, Ireland captain Lucy Mulhall said: “We didn’t get all of the results and performances that we hoped for this weekend, but we’ve made huge progress as a team in one week. We have a squad that works hard for each other, and because of this, I believe that there is a bright year ahead for this team.”
Anthony Eddy, head coach and IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens, said: “We are delighted to have won qualification to the European Olympic Repechage tournament and also to the WSWS Repechage.
“We still have a lot of work to do and the tournament experience is extremely valuable as we can measure our performance against some of the top teams. The last two weekends have been great and the team has learned a lot – we now have to continue to work hard and look forward to Lisbon.”
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