Ireland Women’s 7s to face England in Olympic Qualifier Quarter-Finals

Ireland Women’s 7s will take on England tomorrow in the Quarter-Final of the Rugby Europe Olympic Qualifier in Kazan at 9.06am (Irish time) – live on

Ireland slipped to a 19-5 defeat to Spain in their final Pool C game today, meaning they finished as Pool Runners Up and are now drawn against England, who also finished in second place in their pool, having lost out 25-5 to Russia in their last game.

Lead by Captain Lucy Mullhall, Ireland hit the ground running in their opening two games. They opened the day with a 48-0 victory over Romania, followed by a 50-0 win against Czech Republic.

Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe, who finished as top try-scorer on this season’s World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series crossed for five tries in the opening two games, while Mulhall slotted eight conversions.

The final game of the day was against Spain, with the winners knowing they would top the pool.

Ireland began the game well, holding possession but failed to convert this into points. Spain were composed in defence and snuck in to score just before half-time.

Ireland battled hard in the second half, but again they couldn’t break down the Spanish defence, and although Mulhall manged to cross for a try with 3 minutes remaining, the clock ran out on Ireland and they were resigned to the runners up spot.

They take on England tomorrow in a tournament that will see the overall winner claim a place at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

2nd and 3rd place in Kazan will earn one final chance to earn a place at the games, at next summer’s World Repechage. For teams finishing outside of the Top 3, their Olympic dream for 2020 will come to an end.

Rugby Europe will live stream the games tomorrow here:

More information on Olympic Qualification here:

IRELAND WOMEN’S 7s Squad (2019 Rugby Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament, Kazan, Russia) Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 14):
Kathy Baker (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Megan Burns (Tullamore/Leinster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)
Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)
Brittany Hogan (Railway Union/Ulster)
Emily Lane (Mallow/Munster)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum) Captain
Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)
Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (Old Belvedere/Munster)
Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland 7s Programme)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Travelling reserve: Anna McGann (UCD & Old Belvedere/Leinster)

IRELAND WOMEN’S 7s Pool C Results:

Saturday, 13th July:

Ireland 48 – 0 Romania 
Ireland 50 – 0 Czech Republic 
Ireland 5 – 19 Spain 

Sunday, 14th July:

Ireland v England – 11.06am local time/9.06am Irish time

The full fixtures/pools are available on the Rugby Europe tournament page.