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The Ireland men’s sevens squad has been named for this weekend’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series final in Los Angeles.
After strong performances in Toulouse and London in May, James Topping’s side are currently fifth in the World Series standings heading into the 2022 season finale at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The squad arrived yesterday
A 15-man squad led by Billy Dardis arrived in Los Angeles yesterday to finalize preparations for the first LA Sevens since 2020.
Eight Olympians are included in the traveling squad, with Ireland’s U20 Grand Slam winger Chay Mullins and Leinster duo Andrew Smith and Niall Comerford adding further World Series experience to ranks that feature strongly in the 2022 season.
Terry Kennedy will be looking to continue his streak of being one of the standout performers at the World Series, with the 26-year-old leading the try-scoring charts with 47, nine ahead of Australia’s Corey Toole and Marcos Moneta. Argentina.
This weekend, Ireland will have an eye on the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, which will take place between September 9-11.
Group of Ireland
Ireland have been drawn in Pool C alongside France, Wales and Fiji, with all the action live from LA here on World Rugby Stream.
Topping’s side begin their LA Sevens campaign on Saturday against France (6.48pm Irish time), Wales (10.09pm Irish time) and Fiji (2.05am Irish time) the following morning before facing off.
“An enjoyable World Series season so far”
Commenting ahead of the tournament, the Ireland head coach said: “It’s been an exciting World Series season for us so far, especially as we’ve brought a number of new players onto the stage since the start of the year, and the squad is motivated to finish as strong as possible in LA. .
“Reaching our first World Series final in Toulouse in May and returning from the Rugby Europe campaign in June and July was a big achievement for this group, we are excited to be back in action this weekend. We are also building towards the Rugby World Cup Sevens and performing well in LA will be an important step for us towards Cape Town.”
Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad, LA Sevens
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers RFC)
Neil Comerford (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Sean Cribbin (Sutonians RFC)
Billy Dardis (Terreneur College RFC) (Captain)
Ed Kelly (Dublin University FC)
Jack Kelly (Dublin University FC)
Terry Kennedy (St Mary’s College RFC)
Hugo Lennox (Skerries RFC)
Matt McDonald (IQ Rugby)
Harry McNulty (UCD RFC)
Brian Molen (Black Rock College RFC)
The Mullins (IQ Rugby)
Aaron O’Sullivan (Blackrock College RFC)
Mark Roche (Lansdowne FC)
Andrew Smith (Clontarf FC/Leinster).
Ireland Sevens Schedule, LA Sevens
Saturday, August 27:
Ireland v France, 10.48am local time / 6.48am Irish time
Ireland v Wales, 2.09pm local time/10.09pm Irish time
Ireland v Fiji, 6.05pm local time / 2.05pm Irish time
Sunday, August 28:
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