Wednesday 13 December 2017

Munster hopefuls get ready for Sevens

Munster Sevens coach Colm McMahon
Munster Sevens coach Colm McMahon

John Fallon

Munster Sevens coach Colm McMahon has called on his young squad to catch the eyes of the province's senior coaches during this weekend's Limerick World Club Sevens.

McMahon believes it's a great chance for his academy stars to skip the queue and make an impression.

Munster will face the Canadian Maples (12.09), Samurai Invitational (2.44) and San Francisco (5.02) in their three Pool 2 games on Friday, with knockout action on Saturday should they qualify from their group.

As well as a number of international Sevens teams, Leinster, Ulster and Connacht will all enter teams for the competition, while the Munster and Connacht senior teams also face off on Friday evening in a pre-season clash.

"Young players coming up, they see Sevens can be used as a development tool to put their hands up for selection with regards senior coaches," said McMahon.

"They may not have seen them until further down the line, but they get the chance to see then now in a different environment and see what they're made of. A lot of the younger players are excited about the opportunities in it."

McMahon is expected to include promising international duo Alex Wootton and Diarmuid McCarthy as part of his 12-man squad for the weekend, but there is no place for Irish Sevens captain Gearoid Lyons, who is sidelined after fracturing a thumb.

Irish Independent

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