Sunday 19 August 2018

Ireland Sevens hopes of qualification to elite circuit dashed by last gasp Japan try

HONG KONG, HONG KONG - APRIL 07: Mark Roche of Ireland (R) kicks the ball during the match between Ireland and Uruguay on April 7, 2018 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images for HSBC)
HONG KONG, HONG KONG - APRIL 07: Mark Roche of Ireland (R) kicks the ball during the match between Ireland and Uruguay on April 7, 2018 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images for HSBC)

Ireland's hopes of qualifying for the World Rugby Sevens Series were ended after conceding a last gasp try in the qualifier tournament semi-final against Japan in Hong Kong this morning

Ireland had romped into the final four after big wins against the Cook Islands, Jamaica, Uruguay and Zimbabwe and looked to be on course for a final against Germany before the Japanese struck at the death to sink Anthony Eddy's side.

Victory in the final would have seen Ireland join the elite Sevens circuit next season, with the team now left having to try and qualify again next year.

Ireland were defeated 12-7 by Japan in the qualifier tournament semi-final, but do have the solace of competing at this summer's Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco.

25 years ago, Ireland made the semi-final of the inaugural Sevens World Cup in London.

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