Stade Jean-Bouin, home to Stade Francais, hosts the final round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and it will be the first ever World Series event to feature both the Ireland Women’s and Men’s Sevens teams together.
The Ireland Women’s Sevens squad for the Paris Sevens this weekend has been confirmed. Ireland are drawn in Pool A with eighth-ranked England, who are just a point ahead of them in the World Series standings, second-placed New Zealand and invitational side Wales.
Aoife Doyle, who missed the last two legs of the series through injury, returns to the squad line-up, while Ashleigh Baxter will set a new record as she becomes Ireland’s most-capped Sevens player in Paris. The Castlewellan woman will win her 27th Sevens cap, adding to her 24 caps as a 15s international.
Captain Lucy Mulhall has scored 77 points this season and she sits in fifth place on the DHL Performance Tracker list. Her half-back colleague Stacey Flood is fourth on that list, and the Railway Union star is set for her 21st consecutive appearance in green. Flood has played in every senior tournament Ireland have been involved in since the summer of 2015.
Flying winger Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, who is Ireland’s leading try scorer on the series, has touched down 14 times in 20 matches so far this season. The 23-year-old has scored a national record 45 tries since her series debut back in 2013.
Kathy Baker, Katie Fitzhenry, Louise Galvin, Katie Heffernan, Eve Higgins, Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird and Hannah Tyrrell were all selected for the Canada leg last month and retain their squad places for the final tournament of the 2017/18 World Series campaign.
Ahead of the weekend, Anthony Eddy, the IRFU Director of Sevens, said: “The team is looking to build on the performance from Canada (where we finished sixth overall). We are again in a tough pool, but there are no easy games on the World Series and the players are confident of finishing this series season on a good note.
“The team has shown great improvement during the year and it would be only fitting for them to have a performance that reflects all the hard work and commitment they demonstrate.”
World Rugby will broadcast the games via www.worldrugby.org and the World Rugby Sevens Facebook page – www.facebook.com/worldrugby7s, with Sunday’s final matches live on Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Action. The Paris Sevens is the final stage of the World Series, and Ireland lie in ninth place in the overall standings with 25 points, just one behind pool rivals England. Click here to buy Paris Sevens tickets.
The Ireland Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams will both compete at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco over the weekend of July 20-22 at AT&T Park. RWC Sevens tickets are available here.
The Ireland Sevens jerseys are available to buy online here from Elverys Intersport, official sports retailer of the IRFU.
IRELAND WOMEN’S SEVENS Squad (2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series – Paris Sevens, Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, France, Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10):
Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke/Ulster)
Kathy Baker (Blackrock/Leinster)
Aoife Doyle (Shannon/Railway Union/Munster)
Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock/Leinster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)
Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)
Katie Heffernan (Mullingar/Railway Union/Leinster)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum) (capt)
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)
Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
IRELAND WOMEN’S SEVENS FIXTURES – PARIS 7s:
Friday, June 8 –
Ireland v Wales, Stade Jean-Bouin, 2.22pm local time/1.22pm Irish time
Ireland v England, Stade Jean-Bouin, 5.06pm local time/4.06pm Irish time
New Zealand v Ireland, Stade Jean-Bouin, 7.28pm local time/6.28pm Irish time
Saturday, June 9 –
Sunday, June 10 –
For more information on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, visit www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series.