Considine, Galvin get Women's Sevens call
A day after he revealed plans to recruit some of the country's top GAA players to sevens rugby, IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens, Anthony Eddy has named Clare dual star Eimear Considine and Kerry footballer Louise Galvin in the women's squad for this weekend's tournament in Amsterdam.
The 23-year-old Considine - who won a Munster minor football title with the Banner in 2008 - joins Galvin and four players from Ireland's winning Six Nations team in the squad.
Jenny Murphy, Alison Miller, Claire Molloy and Katie Fitzhenry will add considerable experience to 12-woman squad that is captained by Lucy Mulhall, who just last week was crowned the IRUPA Women's Sevens Player of the Year.
"It's important for the squad to get competition time ahead of the European Championship in June. This is the beginning of the journey to qualification for the Olympics in Rio 2016," Eddy said. "As a squad we are very clear and focused on what we need to do over the next few months. Everyone has worked really hard and knows it's time to put in the performances and deliver."
Ireland have been drawn in a pool with Ushizi Warriors (a Dutch-Swiss selection), the Finland national team and the Norwegian Vikingettes in the Sevens Silver Pier tournament.
Ireland Women's Sevens squad - Eimear Considine, Katie Fitzhenry, Stacey Flood, Louise Galvin, Shannon Houston, Claire Keohane, Alison Miller, Claire Molloy, Lucy Mulhall (c), Aimee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, Emma Murphy, Jenny Murphy.