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Friday 19 September 2014

Irish Women's Sevens team secure Bowl title in China

Published 06/04/2014 | 13:11

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The Ireland Women secured their best ever finish as a core team on the IRB Womens Sevens World Series circuit as they won the Bowl title at the China Sevens in Guangzhou today.

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Jon Skurr's ever-improving squad enjoyed back-to-back wins over Brazil (15-0) and tournament hosts China (17-7) to finish 9th overall, with captain Shannon Houston receiving the Bowl title.

It is a hugely encouraging result with the bonus of the Bowl silverware to take home. Ireland finished 11th, 12th and 11th respectively in the Dubai, Atlanta and São Paulo legs earlier in the season.

Finishing ninth of the 12 competing teams in Guangzhou earns them four series points - they are now 13th in the standings - and will boost confidence heading into the final leg in Amsterdam on May 16-17.

The victory in the Bowl semi-final was Ireland's first time to beat Brazil this year after recent defeats in Atlanta, São Paulo and Hong Kong.

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