Layden gets nod to join Irish Sevens squad in push for Rio
Connacht back Shane Layden has been selected for the Ireland Sevens squad which will begin the process of attempting to qualify for next year's Rio Olympics on June 6.
The Buccaneers man, who can play right across the three-quarter line, announced that he was leaving Connacht on Saturday after spending four seasons with the province. Injury curtailed him to four appearances.
Connacht coach Pat Lam paid tribute to Layden, tipping him to be a huge success in Sevens.
"Shane has been doing Sevens. He was in the academy and he has been training with us. He got the opportunity and we asked him if he wanted to do Sevens. So we sat down and we changed his programme," said Lam.
"It was something he was really keen to give a try because there was no certainty with our squad. He's been doing that for the last six weeks and it's great. He's made the Sevens squad and we're really pleased for him," said Lam
Layden and Ireland will compete at the Rugby Europe Division C tournament which starts on June 6 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ireland are in Pool B with Turkey, Belarus and Montenegro and need to finish as one of the top four sides to be promoted to the Division B competition, which takes place in Croatia on June 20.
"I think just Ireland taking on Sevens is fantastic," added Lam.