Ireland using London, Paris as stepping stone to Tokyo Olympics

By Machuki Sundaa

Ireland are hoping to use the last two tournaments of the HSBC World Sevens Series to build towards their bid at Olympic qualification.

Anthony Eddy, director of sevens at the Ireland Rugby Football Union, said the 13-man squad name for the London Sevens and Paris Sevens will be preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in Colomiers, France on July 13-14.

The Irish have secured their place in next season’s world series after winning the Hong Kong qualifier in April and will take part in London and Paris as an invitational side.

“To win the tournament in Hong Kong and secure a place on next season’s world series was a great outcome for all the hard work many players have contributed over a short time,” Eddie said in the Irish Rugby website.

“It is great to have the opportunity in London and Paris to test ourselves against the top sides in the world as we build towards the Rugby Europe Olympic qualifying tournament in July.

“We’ll be up against quality opposition in our pool, so it will be a real challenge, particularly as core teams are fighting for a top four position to secure Olympic qualification through the series.”

Skipper Billy Dardis will lead the side, who include three uncapped players – Jack Daly, Jack Kelly and Peter Sullivan. They face England, New Zealand and Scotland in Pool C.

Ireland squad: Jordan Conroy, Jack Daly, Billy Dardis, Foster Horan, Jack Kelly, Terry Kennedy, Adam Leavy, Hugo Lennox, Mick McGrath, Harry McNulty, Bryan Mollen, Peter Sullivan, Mark Roche.

Main photo credit: World Rugby

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