Nineteen-year-old Megan Burns has been named in Ireland’s 13-strong squad for the Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan this weekend.
Coach Stan McDowell included Burns, who has one cap to her name, after some impressive performances in the Ireland Sevens pathway programme last summer.
The squad will be captained by Lucy Mulhall and will boast experienced hands such as Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe, Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird, Louise Galvin and Aoife Doyle.
“It’s the third time to compete at this tournament in Kitakyushu and it’s a fantastic setting and I know the players are always impressed with the pitch in the Mikuni Stadium,” said McDowell on the Ireland Rugby website.
“We have a mix of players in the squad; the younger players learning and developing more and more as the season continues, while the more experienced players in the squad are helping them along while also improving their own game.
“There has been a bit of a gap between the last world series event in Sydney and this weekend, so I know the players are looking forward to getting back out there and playing.”
Ireland who finished fourth in the Sydney leg and are sixth in HSBC World Sevens Series standings with 30 points are hoping to keep the momentum going in Mikuni Stadium this weekend. In Pool C they are drawn with the USA, Fiji and England.
Going to Japan are: Claire Boles, Megan Burns, Aoife Doyle, Louise Galvin, Katie Heffernan, Eve Higgins, Brittany Hogan, Emily Lane, Anna McGann, Lucy Mulhall, Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe, Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird and Hannah Tyrrell.
Main photo caption: Lucy Mulhall congratulates Amee-Leigh Murphy Crow at the Sydney Sevens. Photo: Ireland Rugby