Ireland name squad for Dubai Sevens ahead of big year for the men in green

Ireland name squad for Dubai Sevens ahead of big year for the men in green

The Ireland Men's 7s side to travel to Dubai next week, for the Dubai 7s Invitational has been named.

The side features nine players who competed at the Silicon Valley 7s in San Jose; Will Connors, Billy Dardis, Ian Fitzpatrick, Harry McNulty, Bryan Mollen, John O'Donnell, Greg O'Shea and Mark Roche were all involved at the tournament at the beginning of November.

Terry Kennedy who also featured in San Jose, is lining out at the Dubai tournament for the third year in a row - the only player in the squad to do so.

Hugo Keenan, Alex McHenry and Jimmy O'Brien come back into the squad for Dubai. Ireland are drawn into Pool C, with Germany, France Development and Old Georgians RFC.

Alongside Ireland's pool opponents Germany and France Development, the Dubai 7s Invitational features several other international sides, including the likes of Georgia, Zambia, England Development (Royals), the South African 7s Academy and the Canada Maple Leafs.

Speaking on confirmation of the squad, IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens, Anthony Eddy said; "We've named a strong side to travel out to Dubai for the Invitational tournament, and the players that have been selected have all played against top international teams already this season at the likes of the Oktoberfest 7s and the Silicon Valley 7s.

With the likes of Germany and the French development side in our pool, it's set to be a challenging opening day and will be another good test for the players as we continue to build towards the Hong Kong Repechage next April."

The Dubai 7s Invitational tournament takes place on the 1st and 2nd December at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai.

The Dubai Rugby Sevens, which takes place over three days (30th November - 2nd December) is expected to welcome over 100,000 fans over the three days with many coming in fancy dress and enjoying the Rugby Village and sporting action all weekend long.

Tickets for the Dubai Rugby Sevens can be purchased online at www.dubairugby7s.com

Ireland Men's 7s - Dubai 7s Invitational, Sevens Stadium, Dubai - 1/2 December 2017

  • Will Connors (UCD RFC/Leinster)
  • Billy Dardis (UCD RFC)
  • Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
  • High Keenan (UCD RFC/Leinster)
  • Terry Kennedy (St. Mary's College RFC/Leinster)
  • Alex McHenry (Cork Constitution FC/Munster)
  • Harry McNulty (UCD RFC)
  • Bryan Mollen (Dublin University FC)
  • Jimmy O'Brien (UCD RFC/Leinster)
  • John O'Donnell (Lansdowne FC)
  • Greg O'Shea (Shannon RFC)
  • Mark Roche (Blackrock College RFC)