Friday 19 January 2018

Provinces join Limerick's sevens heaven

At the launch of last year's Limerick World Club 7's are, from left to right, Event Director Tim Magee, Munster Elite Development Players Officer Colm McMahon, Brent Pope and Limerick Marketing Company CEO Eoghan Prendergast. King John's Castle, Limerick 9Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE)
At the launch of last year's Limerick World Club 7's are, from left to right, Event Director Tim Magee, Munster Elite Development Players Officer Colm McMahon, Brent Pope and Limerick Marketing Company CEO Eoghan Prendergast. King John's Castle, Limerick 9Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE)
Tony Ward

Tony Ward

As ever when it comes to rugby, it's Limerick leading the way. OK, we're being a bit tongue in cheek on this one but credit Eoghan Prendergast and Limerick Marketing on the upcoming return (August 21/22) of the Limerick World Club Se7ens Series which was launched a year ago.

Twelve Sevens squads from around the world will again bring the abbreviated version to Thomond Park with this year's event even more exciting given the involvement of all four Irish provinces for the first time.

While the emphasis on Rio 2016 is appropriate, I'm not sure I share the take on "the growing popularity of Sevens in Ireland". There was a time - pre-professionalism - when it certainly was but it is only now through the appointment of David Nucifora as performance director and, by extension, Anthony Eddy as director of Sevens that an appreciation and understanding of the role of Sevens is taking place.

The IRFU have been painfully slow in that regard. Both Nucifora and Eddy deserve our full and unqualified support. Regardless of Rio, better late than never.

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