Friday 24 March 2017

O'Dea heads Munster sextet in Sevens panel

Luke O'Dea is among six Munster-based players chosen to represent the Ireland Men’s Sevens team
Luke O'Dea is among six Munster-based players chosen to represent the Ireland Men’s Sevens team

Matt Cassidy

Six Munster-based players have been selected to represent the Ireland Men's Sevens team, who are bidding to qualify for next year's Olympics in Brazil.

Winger Luke O'Dea, who is the only member of the senior side to be called into the squad, has played 19 games for Munster, including twice this season against the Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets in the Pro12.

There are three Greenore Munster Academy representatives included as well, with Young Munster's Dan Goggin and Gearoid Lyons - both have also featured in the British & Irish Cup for the 'A' outfit this season - named alongside Garryowen's Alex Wootton, who has one Munster 'A' cap this term.

Two Munster-based club players from the Ulster Bank League, Young Munster's Diarmuid McCarthy - who has also played for Mick O'Driscoll's side this year - and Clanwilliam's Alan Bennie, managed to make the cut after talent identification and screening days in January saw more than 300 players apply for inclusion.

UCD's Harry McNulty, a former Munster Academy player, and ex-UL Bohs' player Cian Aherne have also been given the nod to represent the Sevens national side.

The Irish team will launch their campaign at the Rugby Europe Division C tournament which starts on June 6 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ireland have been drawn in Pool B with Turkey, Belarus and Montenegro and will hope they can finish as one of the top four sides in order to be promoted to the Division B competition, which takes place in Croatia on June 20.

Irish Independent

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