Wednesday 28 September 2016

Daly ensures Ireland remain on Olympics Sevens trail

Published 08/06/2015 | 02:30

Captain Tom Daly was in impressive form during the tournament
Captain Tom Daly was in impressive form during the tournament

The Ireland Sevens team continued to make progress on the European stage as they claimed the Division C Cup and with it, promotion to Division B.

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Anthony Eddy's side scored 91 unanswered points in their semi-final and final wins over Turkey and Bosnia respectively to cruise to the title and further enhance their growing reputation on the circuit.

Recently appointed captain Tom Daly impressed during the tournament which was held over the weekend in Bosnia while Diarmaid McCarthy, who scored five tries in total also starred in very hot conditions.

Ireland had topped Pool B on Saturday with three wins from three. They began their second day by seeing off Austria 38-10 in the quarter-final with McCarthy bagging a brace and Cian Aherne, Alex Wootton, Michael Lawton and Adam Byrne also touching down.

Weak

Ireland's semi-final win over Turkey was a rematch from their pool game and once again Eddy's side were no match for their weak opponents.

Daly, Byrne and Wootton all touched down in the 50-0 win in the final against Bosnia as Ireland ended the weekend with six wins from six, 291 points and 47 tries scored and just 20 points and four tries conceded.

They have now qualified for the Division B tournament which takes place in Croatia over the weekend of June 20-21.

The highest ranked eligible team from Division B qualifies to play in the Europe Olympic Repechage tournament in Lisbon on July 18-19. The winners from that will go on to compete in the World Olympic Repechage in 2016 to secure the last spot for the Rio Olympics.

Meanwhile, after Jono Gibbes ruled himself out of the running to become the next Leinster coach, former All Black outhalf Tony Brown has emerged as a strong contender to take over from Matt O'Connor.

The 40-year old, who has 18 international caps to his name, is currently head coach of Otago and has also been heavily involved with the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

Leinster have been without an expert backs' coach in recent seasons and Brown's profile would seem to fit the province.

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