Ireland travel to two camps in Italy and South Africa in bid for World Series core team berth
February 19, 2019: Ireland men’s sevens squad build-up for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifiers in Hong Kong in April will take them to Italy and South Africa over the next fortnight.
A 16-man Irish squad have arrived in Napoli on a four-day training camp and tournament involving some of their European rivals England, France, Germany and Italy.
England and France are already part of the core teams in the 2019 World Series while Germany will play alongside Ireland in the 12-team qualifying tournament in Hong Kong where the winner earns a berth in next season’s World Series.
Following the Italian visit, Ireland will leave for South Africa for a week-long training camp and tournament. They will play at Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on the Western Cape of South Africa, home of the Springbok Sevens, and will compete in a tournament with France, Germany, Uruguay as well as the South African Sevens Academy and Stellenbosch Academy.
The Irish squad is under the eye of Anthony Eddy, the Ireland Rugby Football Union Director of Sevens Rugby.
Last year at the Hong Kong Sevens World qualifiers, Ireland lost to Japan 12-5. Japan went on to defeat Germany in the final to book their berth in the World Series.
Ireland men’s sevens squad (Napoli training camp, February 18-21): Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers), Shane Daly (Cork Constitution/Munster), Billy Dardis (Terenure College), Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne), 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, February 24-March 2): Jordan Conroy, Shane Daly, Billy Dardis, Ian Fitzpatrick, Foster Horan, Iwan Hughes, Hugo Keenan, Terry Kennedy, Adam Leavy, Mick McGrath (Clontarf), Harry McNulty, Bryan Mollen, John O’Donnell, Mark Roche (Blackrock College), Michael Silvester.
Main photo: Ireland’s Harry McNulty in action against Fiji in the London Sevens semi-finals last year. Credit: IRFU