The Ireland squad for the Rugby Europe Under-18 Women’s Sevens Championship in Vichy, France has been announced. The tournament takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
Captained by Mallow and Munster’s Emily Lane, the selected squad shows three changes from the one that won the UK School Games tournament at Loughborough University earlier this month.
Anna Doyle (Tullow/Leinster), Kelly McCormill (Monaghan/Ulster) and Stephanie Nunan (St. Mary’s/Munster) join the squad which is coached by Ireland Women’s Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall, with fellow Sevens senior international Elaine Ryan as the team manager.
The Munster trio of Lane, Nunan and Enya Breen were part of the Ireland squad that competed in last year’s Rugby Europe Championship in Vichy. Saturday will see Mulhall’s side play Italy, hosts France and Sweden in Pool A.
Speaking ahead of the squad’s departure, Mulhall said: “The players have taken a lot of confidence from their performances during the UK School Games, especially the final against Wales where they brought real physicality to the game.
“They know it will be a step up this weekend in Vichy but they are all really looking forward to the challenge of elite European competition.”
IRELAND UNDER-18 WOMEN’S SEVENS Squad (2017 Rugby Europe Under-18 Women’s Sevens Championship, Stade Darragon, Vichy, France, Saturday, September 16-Sunday, September 17):
Meabh Deely (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht)
Aoibheann Reilly (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht)
Eve Higgins (Railyway Union RFC/Leinster)
Megan Burns (Tullamore RFC/Leinster)
Anna Doyle (Tullow RFC/Leinster)
Enya Breen (Bantry Bay RFC/Munster)
Emily Lane (Mallow/Munster) (capt)
Stephanie Nunan (St. Mary’s RFC, Limerick/Munster)
Dorothy Wall (Fethard RFC/Munster)
Ellie Ingram (Enniskillen RFC/Ulster)
Lucinda Kinghan (Monaghan RFC/Ulster)
Kelly McCormill (Monaghan RFC/Ulster)
IRELAND UNDER-18 WOMEN’S SEVENS Management:
Head Coach – Lucy Mulhall
Women’s Sevens Programme Manager – Eimear Flannery
Team Manager – Elaine Ryan
Physiotherapist – Niamh Connolly
IRELAND UNDER-18 WOMEN’S SEVENS Fixtures –
Day 1 – Saturday, September 16:
Pool A –
Italy U-18s v Ireland U-18s, 11.28am local time/10.28am Irish time
France U-18s v Ireland U-18s, 2.35pm local time/1.35pm Irish time
Ireland U-18s v Sweden U-18s, 4.58pm local time/3.58pm Irish time
Day 2 – Sunday, September 17: