Ireland secure spot on Sevens circuit
IRELAND will be full participants of the IRB World Sevens circuit next season after reaching the last eight of the World Cup in Moscow.
Yesterday's quarter-final defeat to the USA ended dreams of a Cup win, while England were too strong in the Plate semi-final, but Jon Skurr's side had done the hard work on Saturday.
Six Nations hero Alison Miller (right) scored three tries on the day as Ireland opened with a 12-5 win over South Africa. Holders Australia were too strong, beating Ireland 22-5, but the Girls in Green defeated China and watched the Aussies beat South Africa, ensuring their place in the last eight.
That means that Ireland will be part of the regular Sevens circuit and, given the Rio Olympics are looming, it boosts to their chances of making it to Brazil.
They couldn't sustain their effort into yesterday's last-eight clash against the States despite Amy Davis' opening try, with the USA winning 14-5 before England proved too strong by 22-0.
New Zealand did the double, winning the men's tournament with a 33-0 win over England, while their women's side beat Canada 29-12.