Thursday 27 October 2016

Five Munster girls in Sevens squad

Declan Rooney

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Stock photo: Getty
Stock photo: Getty

Munster will be well represented when the Ireland Women's Sevens team take to the field tomorrow in Sao Paulo in Brazil for the second round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

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Five players from the province will take part in the competition with UL Bohs duo Louise Galvin and Claire Keohane joining Amee Leigh Murphy-Crowe from St Mary's and Munster in the 12-woman squad.

And to bolster the province's quota, former Clare camogie player Eimear Considine and Cork-born hockey star Audrey O'Flynn - who has recovered from injury in time for the trip - have also made the squad via the Talent ID Programme.

The Ireland Women's side have been paired with Australia, Canada and Fiji in Group A for the tournament, which looks like being a tricky test for Anthony Eddy's side, who have spent the last two weeks training together in Sydney alongside their Group A rivals Australia.

Ranked No 1 in the world, Australia defeated Ireland on three occasions in the Sydney Sevens series, but Eddy says it was a great test for his side.

"The two week camp in Sydney was a valuable experience for the group," he said.

"They got to train and play against a team that has been assembled and professional for a few years as well as having a lot of World Series experience.

"Our girls learned a great deal and played three tough games in front of over 30,000 spectators.

"They now know what is required of them at this level and while we are again drawn in a challenging pool, we will be aiming for a better performance," Eddy added.

Irish Independent

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