12 countries, 2 days, 7s heaven! The pool draw and fixtures for the Women’s Sevens Dublin tournament were announced today. Ireland will play South Africa, Hong Kong and Mexico in Pool C.
The tournament takes place in the UCD Bowl on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. 12 teams from across the globe will descend on Dublin to take part in the competition which will see the top two finishers qualify for the 2015/16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
Olympic-qualified Brazil will battle it out alongside Wales, Japan and Samoa in Pool A, while Colombia, who will also be in Rio in 2016, are joined by China, the Netherlands and Kenya in Pool B.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Anthony Eddy, IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens, said: “It’s massively important to get on to the World Series circuit – it’s our number one goal. That way we are playing against the best teams in the world. If we are going to have a shot at the World Olympic Repechage (next June), we are going to have to play at the best level.
“They will be desperate to perform at this event and get back on the series circuit. We are definitely up for the challenge and it’s great to have the tournament at home..
“With twelve countries competing in this event from all over the world, this is a great opportunity to give the game more exposure in Ireland.”
Tickets for the tournament start at 5 euro, with children free, and are available to buy from ticketmaster.ie.
WOMEN’S SEVENS DUBLIN TOURNAMENT – POOL DRAW:
Pool A: Brazil, Wales, Japan, Samoa
Pool B: China, Netherlands, Kenya, Colombia
Pool C: South Africa, IRELAND, Hong Kong, Mexico