The Ireland Men’s 7s side that will compete at the two legs of the Sudamérica 7s Series in Uruguay and Chile over the next two weekends has been confirmed.

The side features 11 players who competed at the Dubai 7s in December; Sean Cribbin, Billy Dardis, Ian Fitzpatrick, Hugo Keenan, Terry Kennedy, Alex McHenry, Harry McNulty, Bryan Mollen, John O’Donnell Greg O’Shea and Mark Roche were all involved in the Ireland side that finished in 5th place at the Dubai International Invitational.

Will Connors complete the 12-man squad, while Lansdowne’s Foster Horan will be 13th man this weekend.

The Sudamérica 7s Series sees 12 teams competing over two legs. Five of the teams involved are core sides on the World Sevens Series (Argentina, Canada, France, South Africa and the USA). Ireland and Germany are invitational sides, while Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Paraguay and Uruguay will compete for the two spots at the Hong Kong 7s Repechage in April, which will see the overall winner claim a place on the World Rugby Sevens World Series next season.

The top two South American sides over the series will also qualify for the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco in July.

Ireland are drawn into Pool C, with Argentina, Canada and potential Hong Kong opponents Columbia.

Speaking on confirmation of the squad, IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens, Anthony Eddy said:

“The squad set off for Uruguay earlier this week and have settled in well.

“It’s an interesting pool that we’ve been drawn into, with World Series teams Argentina and Canada, as well as Columbia, who are potential opponents in Hong Kong, so it will another good opportunity for the players to test themselves against these teams ahead of the Qualification tournament in April.

“With two tournaments over two weekends, it will also give the players another chance to experience what life is like on the World Series, where tournaments run back to back.”

The first leg of Sudamérica 7s Series takes place this weekend at the Punta Del Este in south east Uruguay, and will conclude next weekend in Chile at the Mackay School in the region of Valparaiso.

Ireland Men’s 7s – Sudamérica 7s Series– 6/7 Jan (Uruguay), 13/14 (Chile)

Will Connors (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Sean Cribbin (Suttonians RFC)
Billy Dardis (UCD RFC)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
Foster Horan (Lansdowne FC)
Hugo 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)
John O’Donnell (Lansdowne FC)
Greg O’Shea (Shannon RFC)
Mark Roche (Blackrock College RFC)

Ireland Men’s 7s – Punta Del Esta Sevens – Pool C

Saturday – 6th January 2018
Ireland v Argentina – 5:09pm (local time)/ 2:09pm (Irish time)
Ireland v Canada – 7:43pm (local time)/ 4:43pm (Irish time)
Ireland v Columbia – 9:55pm (local time)/ 6.55pm (Irish time)

Saturday 7th January 2018
Play-offs

Ireland Men’s 7s Competitions Schedule

Oktoberfest 7s, Munich, Germany – 7th Place
Elche 7s, Spain –2nd Place
Silicon Valley 7s – 9th Place
Dubai 7s, Dubai, UAU – 5th Place
Sudamérica 7s, Uruguay – 6th/7th January
Sudamérica 7s, Chile – 13th/14th January
Hong Kong 7s (World Series Repechage) – 7th/8th April
Amsterdam 7s, Netherlands – 9th/10th June
World Rugby Sevens Rugby World Cup, San Francisco, USA – 20th-22nd July