Twelve players have been included in the Ireland Under-18 Women’s Sevens squad to compete at the Paris World Games this weekend.
The tournament takes place at the Centre National de Rugby in Marcoussis – the venue for last weekend’s opening leg of the Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Grand Prix Series – and the Ireland U-18s will come up against sides from Canada and France.
The Ireland selection is made up of three players from Connacht, including Ballinasloe starlet Beibhinn Parsons who made her senior debut for both the Ireland Women’s Sevens and 15s teams this season. There are six Leinster players, two Ulster players and one from Munster.
The Paris World Games features over 700 teams who will compete across sports such as badminton, basketball, football, handball and Sevens rugby. Last year saw 71 different countries represented, with 7,000 athletes taking part.
The Paris Games is the first tournament for the Ireland U-18 Women’s Sevens squad this season and forms part of the Women’s Sevens Development pathway for this group.
The team will also compete at the U-18 Sevens Home Nations tournament in Wales on August 17-18 and will then come up against the best sides in Europe at the Rugby Europe U-18 Women’s Sevens Championship in Jarocin, Poland on August 31 and September 1.
IRELAND UNDER-18 WOMEN’S SEVENS Squad (2019 Paris World Games, Centre National de Rugby, Marcoussis, Saturday, July 6-Sunday, July 7, 2019):
Mya Alcorn (Letterkenny/Ulster)
Grace Browne Moran (Westport/Connacht)
Kate Farrell (Gorey/Leinster)
Méabh McElligott (Listowel/Munster)
Caoimhe O’Callaghan (Dundalk/Leinster)
Katie Ann O’Neill (Naas/Leinster)
Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinsloe/Connacht)
Leah Reilly (Navan/Leinster)
Ava Ryder (Westport/Connacht)
Lucy Turkington (Dungannon/Ulster)
Aoife Wafer (Enniscorthy/Leinster)
Katie Whelan (Enniscorthy/Leinster)
IRELAND U-18 WOMEN’S SEVENS FIXTURES – PARIS WORLD GAMES:
Saturday, July 6 –
Ireland v NRU Thunder (Canada), CNR, Marcoussis, 12pm local time/11am Irish time
Ireland v Celtic Barbarians (Canada), CNR, Marcoussis, 3.20pm local time/2.20pm Irish time
Ireland v ASS Sarcelles Rugby (France), CNR, Marcoussis, 5.40pm local time/4.40pm Irish time
Sunday, July 7 –
Ireland v RC Féminines du Pays de Brest (France), CNR, Marcoussis, 11.20am local time/10.20am Irish time
Ireland v 7s Fanatics – Massy (France), CNR, Marcoussis, 4pm local time/3pm Irish time
For fixtures and results for the U-18 Women’s Sevens tournament at the Paris World Games, visit: https://results.cupmanager.net/10123477,2019,10123552,en/category/19567694