Disappointing weekend for Irish women’s 7s team


It was a very poor weekend for the Ireland women’s 7s who failed to win a match.

The team was left to rue a hugely frustrating 12-10 defeat to Spain as they missed out on a Cup quarter-final place at the Biarritz Sevens – the final leg of this season’s HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

They blew a try-scoring opportunity in the final seconds as close rivals Spain hung on to reach the last-eight, leaving Stan McDowell’s young side, who have seven players aged between 19 and 22, competing for the Challenge Trophy tomorrow with a semi-final against England (kick-off 12.28pm local time/11.28am Irish time).

The result added to earlier losses to Pool B heavyweights Australia (27-5) and Canada (27-10) respectively, but a try-scoring return and a good deal of game-time for Stacey Flood was a real positive, along with two scores for Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe which keep her top of the competition’s try-scoring charts (33 tries) ahead of Sunday’s final games.


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