Veteran Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe has been named as captain for Ireland’s squad in this weekend’s Langford Sevens in Canada, taking over from injured skipper Lucy Mulhall.
Head coach Stan McDowell has been forced into the change after Mulhall failed to recover from an injury picked up at the Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan in April. He has chosen 19-year-old Kathy Baker to replace Mulhall with other youngsters Eve Higgins and Megan Burns also inclued in the squad.
Murphy Crowe has been impressive in the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series and is the second top try scorer on 23 tries. She is also one of the most experienced members of the squad as she has played more than 100 world series games.
McDowell said the team have prepared well and he was eager to see the young players showcase their talents in the tournament.
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“It’s been a quick turnaround for the team after Kitakyushu, so the last two weeks have been used to review the performances from Japan, let the bodies recover and get prepared for two big days in Canada,” McDowell was quoted saying by Irish Rugby.
“We have a relatively young side for the tournament, and this provides a great opportunity for this group to step up and demonstrate what they are capable of. The Canada Sevens is one of the team’s favourite stops on the series and I know the players are looking forward to running out there at the weekend.”
The complete squad list is: Kathy Baker, Claire Boles, Megan Burns, Aoife Doyle, Louise Galvin, Katie Heffernan, Eve Higgins, Brittany Hogan, Emily Lane, Anna McGann, Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (captain), Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird, Hannah Tyrrell.
Ireland are sixth in the HSBC World Series standings on 38 points after four tournaments, one point ahead of seventh placed England (38) and eight points behind fifth placed France (46).
Ireland have been drawn against Canada, Australia and Brazil in Pool A of the Langford Sevens tournament.
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