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Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad Continue Preparations For Hong Kong Qualifier

Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad Continue Preparations For Hong Kong Qualifier

Ireland's Harry McNulty in action against Sevuloni Mocenacagi of Fiji during the London Sevens semi-final at Twickenham last June ©INPHO/Andrew Fosker

Members of the extended Ireland Men’s Sevens squad will travel to Italy and South Africa over the next couple of weeks, as they continue their preparations for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifying tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens in April.

Following on from a successful Dubai 7s Invitational tournament where Ireland lifted the cup for the first time, they will keep building towards the Hong Kong event, where the winners of the tournament gains a place as a core side on the 2019/20 World Rugby Sevens Series.

Anthony Eddy, the IRFU Director of Sevens Rugby, will bring a 16-man squad to Napoli in Italy this coming Monday for a training tournament involving some of their European rivals, England, France, Germany and Italy.

Several of the players involved in the Italy trip will then depart to South Africa as part of a 15-man squad for a week-long training camp and tournament.

They will play at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on the Western Cape of South Africa, home of the Springbok Sevens, and will compete in a training tournament with France, Germany, Uruguay, as well as the South African 7s Academy and Stellenbosch Academy.

The Ireland Sevens jerseys are available to buy online here from Elverys Intersport, official sports retailer of the IRFU.

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS Squad (Napoli Training Camp, Italy, February 18-21):

Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers)
Shane Daly (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Billy Dardis (Terenure College) (capt)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne) (capt)
Foster Horan (Lansdowne)
Iwan Hughes (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster)
Jack Kelly (Dublin University/Leinster)
Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s College)
Adam Leavy (Lansdowne)
Hugo Lennox (Clontarf)
Harry McNulty (UCD)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College)
John O’Donnell (Lansdowne)
Alan Tynan (Young Munster/Munster)
Michael Silvester (Dublin University)

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS Squad (Stellenbosch Training Camp, South Africa, February 24-March 2):

Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers)
Shane Daly (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Billy Dardis (Terenure College) (capt)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne)
Foster Horan (Lansdowne)
Iwan Hughes (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster)
Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s College)
Adam Leavy (Lansdowne)
Mick McGrath (Clontarf)
Harry McNulty (UCD)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College)
John O’Donnell (Lansdowne)
Mark Roche (Blackrock College)
Michael Silvester (Dublin University)