The countdown is on to the Women’s Sevens Global Olympic Qualifying tournament which will take place at the UCD Bowl this Saturday and Sunday. Check out some photos from the launch in Dublin city centre.
Click here to view photos of the captains of the 16 national teams that will compete for the final Olympic Sevens qualifying spot in Rio this weekend.
Tournament hosts Ireland are keen to take the benefit of what skipper Lucy Mulhall calls ‘the 13th man’ on the sidelines at UCD.
“We’re really excited to get out on the field. Playing in front of your family and friends is a rarity in Sevens and we hope to have a huge crowd behind us,” said the Wicklow woman.
“We’ve got a great panel of players – you bring 12 to a tournament but we’ve had 25-30 pushing for places and that quality will show on the field.
“We are going to give it everything we have to get to Rio. On our day we can beat any team but it’s going to take hard work this weekend. A few teams have been playing really well in the World Series but there are others who we know very little about.”
The action gets underway on Saturday at 10am when Argentina take on Kazakhstan. Ireland’s first game is against Trinidad & Tobago at 12.34pm. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens, or you can also buy on the day at the UCD Bowl.
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