Browne delight at another boost for Women's rugby
Published 30/06/2015 | 02:30
Women's rugby in Ireland has been handed another major boost following the announcement that Dublin will host to a World Rugby Sevens tournament in August.
The news comes just weeks after Ireland was chosen as the venue for the 2017 women's World Cup.
It will be the first time that the tournament has taken place in Ireland, with UCD chosen as the host venue. It will be played on August 22 and 23 when 12 teams compete for the two remaining places on the 2015-16 World Rugby Women's Sevens series.
With over 200 players and coaches involved, it is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the strength of the game in this country as well as their hosting skills ahead of the World Cup.
IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said: "UCD is a world-class facility and it is a great opportunity to build the women's game on an international stage.
"This gives us a great opportunity to showcase the game and we look forward to welcoming the international teams to Ireland for what is sure to be a great event."
The likes of Wales, South Africa, Samoa and the Olympic qualified Brazil and Colombia will compete in the tournament.
"Competition is fierce at this level and it is very encouraging to see that the overall standard of the women's game is rising all the time. There have never been so many exciting opportunities for women's Sevens players as there are today," added World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset.
The IRFU have already confirmed that they will bid to host the 2023 men's World Cup with the tender process expected to last two years before final presentations are made to the World Rugby council in May 2017.