The Ireland Men’s 7s management team have named a 12-man squad to travel to Alicante to compete at the Elche 7s on the 28th and 29th of October.

The tournament will feature European nations France, Russia, Wales, hosts Spain and a Spanish invitational side.

All teams will face each other over the two days, with the top two sides facing off in the final on Day 2.

The side features eight players from provincial academies including four from Leinster; Ian Fitzpatrick, Hugo Keenan, Jimmy O’Brien and Terry Kennedy from Leinster, Connacht’s Jordan Conroy, Munster’s Shane Daly and Alex McHenry and Ulster’s Michael Stronge.

From the club scene, Lansdowne players Foster Horan and John O’Donnell are included, as is Old Wesley RFC’s James O’Donovan and Blackrock College’s Mark Roche.

The Elche tournament is the start of a busy two weeks for the Ireland Men’s 7s, as they will also compete at the Silicon Valley 7s on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of November in San Jose, California.

Speaking ahead of the Elche competition, IRFU Director of Sevens Anthony Eddy said;

“The Elche 7s tournament will provide a good test for the players as they look to build on what was a positive experience at the Oktoberfest 7s last month.

“The players who were in Munich took a lot from competing against teams that feature regularly on the World Sevens Series and they will be tested again this weekend against their European counterparts.

“Some of the players involved this weekend will also be challenged in back to back tournaments as we travel to San Jose next week for the Silicon Valley 7s.

“This, again is about looking to prepare the players for the big challenges ahead in 2018 with the World Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in April and the Sevens Rugby World Cup in July.”

Ireland Men’s 7s – Elche 7s, Spain – 28/29 October 2017

Jordan Conroy – Buccaneers RFC/Connacht
Shane Daly – Cork Constitution FC/Munster
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
Jimmy O’Brien – UCD RFC/Leinster
James O’Donovan – Old Wesley RFC
John O’Donnell – Lansdowne FC
Mark Roche – Blackrock College RFC
Michael Stronge – Ballymena RFC/Ulster

Ireland Men’s 7s – Elche 7s Fixtures:

Saturday 28th October 2017

Spain v Ireland – 11:20am (local time)/10:20am
Ireland v Wales – 1:40pm (local time)/12:40pm (Irish time)
Russia v Ireland – 3:40pm (local time)/2:40pm (Irish time)

Sunday 29th October 2017
Ireland v France – 11.00am (local time)/10.00am (Irish time)
Ireland v Viator Barbarians – 1.10pm (local time)/12.10pm (Irish time)
Final – 2.35pm (local time)/1.35pm (Irish time)

Ireland Men’s 7s Competitions Schedule:

Oktoberfest 7s, Munich, Germany – 7th Place
Elche 7s, Spain – 28th/29th October
Silicon Valley 7s, San Jose, USA – 4th/5th November
Dubai 7s, Dubai, UAE – 1st/2nd December
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