As the Ireland Men’s Sevens squad gear up for the European Championships in Malmoe, Sweden and the Olympic Repechage in Monaco in June, the Ireland Sevens management team have confirmed two squads to take part in the Amsterdam 7s Invitational and the Newcastle 7s Festival this weekend.

The team that will travel to Amsterdam, which will also have an Ireland Women’s 7s Development squad competing, draws on players from a number of different rugby backgrounds.

The side will be captained by Tom Daly from the Leinster Academy. He will be joined his Leinster colleagues Adam Byrne and Billy Dardis.

Munster Academy players Dan Goggin and Alex Wootton are also included, as is Nick Timoney from the Ulster Academy.

Josh Rowland, who is Irish qualified has moved from New Zealand and has been training with the side for the past number of weeks.

From the Irish club scene, Buccaneers’ former Connacht full-back Shane Layden is included, as is Lansdowne’s Ireland Club international Mark Roche. Harry McNulty of UCD, Steve Toal-Lennon of St. Mary’s and Jordan Conroy of Tullamore complete the side for Amsterdam.

The Ireland Men’s Sevens Development Squad for the Newcastle 7s Festival includes Ulster Academy players David Busby and Rob Lyttle, who narrowly missed out on selection for the Ireland U20 squad for the U20 World Championships. Munster Academy’s Ollie Lyons is also included in the youthful side.
Ireland Mens 7s Squad – Amsterdam 7s Invitational

Adam Byrne – UCD / Leinster
Jordan Conroy – Tullamore
Tom Daly – Lansdowne FC / Leinster
Billy Dardis – UCD / Leinster

Dan Goggin –Young Munster / Munster
Shane Layden – Buccaneers
Harry McNulty – UCD
Mark Roche – Lansdowne FC
Josh Rowland – unaffiliated / Connacht
Nick Timoney – Queens University / Ulster
Steve Toal-Lennon – St.Mary’s
Alex Wootton – Garryowen / Munster
Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad Fixtures – Amsterdam 7s Invitational (all times local)

Saturday, 28th May 2016

Ireland Men’s Sevens v Oxfam Crusaders – 11.20
Ireland Men’s Sevens v LRC DIOK – 13.40
Ireland Men’s Sevens v Monaco – 15.40
Sunday, 29th May 2016

Ireland Mens 7s Development Squad – Newcastle 7s Festival

Alan Bennie – UL Bohemians
David Busby – Queens University / Ulster
Niall Delahunt – Lansdowne FC
Bradley Grier – Exiles
Colm Hogan – Dublin University
Alex Kane – Exiles
Ollie Lyons – Shannon / Munster
Rob Lyttle – Queens University / Ulster
John O’Donnell – Sale Sharks
Isaac O’Grady – unaffiliated
Matthew Opperman – Lansdowne FC
Ciaran Wardle – Exiles
Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad Fixtures – Newcastle 7s Festival

Saturday, 28th May 2016

Ireland Men’s Sevens Development v The Cardinals – 10.30
Ireland Men’s Sevens Development v Tyendale – 11.30
Ireland Men’s Sevens Development v The Mighty Perth – 12.50
Ireland Men’s Sevens Development v The Wailers – 13.50