The Ireland Women’s Sevens squad to compete in the second leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai this week has been named by Anthony Eddy, the IRFU Director of Women’s & Sevens Rugby.
Ireland kicked off the series with an impressive sixth place finish in Glendale last month and will be led once again by Lucy Mulhall. The squad for Dubai features Brittany Hogan, who is set for her World Series debut having first been capped in September at the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan.
Hogan, who plays with Railway Union and Ulster, has come through the Ireland Sevens pathway, firstly representing her country at Under-18 level and twelve months ago she was part of the Ireland Development side that played at the International Invitational tournament in Dubai.
Louise Galvin also returns to the squad having missed out on the series opener due to injury. Ireland’s Dubai pool includes New Zealand, Russia and invitational team Kenya, with European rivals Russia first up on Thursday.
Ahead of the squad’s departure for the United Arab Emirates, Anthony Eddy said: “We are all looking forward to the tournament, the girls have had a good preparation and I think they are now just excited about playing again and competing at this level.
“The Dubai Sevens is a great event on the World Series circuit – there’s always a great atmosphere and there is always a good turnout of Irish supporters, so I know the players are looking forward to the competition and showing what they can do.”
The action over Thursday and Friday will be streamed live via World Rugby and you can keep up with the team’s time in Dubai using the hashtag #IreW7s and on the Irish Rugby social media channels. For more information on the Dubai 7s, or to buy tickets, please visit www.dubairugby7s.com.
The Ireland Sevens jerseys are available to buy online here from Elverys Intersport, official sports retailer of the IRFU.
IRELAND WOMEN’S SEVENS Squad (2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series – Dubai 7s, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, UAE, Thursday, November 29-Friday, November 30):
Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke/Ulster)
Aoife Doyle (Shannon/Railway Union/Munster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)
Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)
Brittany Hogan (Railway Union/Ulster) *
Anna McGann (UCD/Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum) (capt)
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)
Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (Old Belvedere/Munster)
Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland Sevens)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
* Denotes uncapped player at this level
IRELAND WOMEN’S SEVENS FIXTURES – DUBAI 7s:
Thursday, November 29 –
Ireland v Russia, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, 1.28pm local time/ 9.28am Irish time
Ireland v Kenya, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, 4.24pm local time/12.24pm Irish time
New Zealand v Ireland, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, 7.43pm local time/3.43pm Irish time
Friday, November 30 –
2018/19 HSBC WORLD RUGBY WOMEN’S SEVENS SERIES:
USA (Denver), Infinity Park, Glendale, October 20-21 – 6th Place/10 Points
DUBAI, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, November 29-30
AUSTRALIA (Sydney), Spotless Stadium, Sydney, February 1-3
JAPAN (Kitakyushu), Mikuni World Stadium, Kitakyushu, April 20-21
CANADA (Langford), Westhills Stadium, Vancouver Island, May 11-12
FRANCE (Paris), Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, May 31-June 3
For more information on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, click here.