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Top sides in world rugby set for Limerick World Club 7s

Cian Tracey

Published 20/06/2014 | 02:30

Thomond Park Stadium Director, John Cantwell.
Thomond Park Stadium Director, John Cantwell.

The World Club 7s comes to Ireland for the first time on August 9 and 10 with some of the top clubs in world rugby set to arrive in Limerick.

Southern hemisphere teams such as New South Wales Waratahs, South Africa's Blue Bulls and Western Province, as well as a team from Munster will compete in the weekend tournament.

Coinciding with the competition is the inaugural Limerick World Club 7s Festival, which will take place around the city.

Commenting on hosting the event, John Cantwell, Stadium Director of Thomond Park said: "This top class event will provide an exciting additional must-see experience to our calendar of events at Thomond Park and will also deliver significant economic and social benefits to Limerick and the region.

"This tournament has the potential to become one of the leading international Sevens rugby competitions in the world on an annual basis and to further endorse Limerick and the region as a hotbed of rugby and a centre of sporting excellence."

Sevens rugby will be played at the Olympics for the first time in 2016 but Ireland is the only rugby-playing nation in the world's top 20 that doesn't have a programme designed to compete.

This star-studded tournament has the potential to showcase everything that is positive about a game that is rapidly growing worldwide.

Irish Independent

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