The Ireland Men’s 7s side to compete at this weekend’s Silicon Valley 7s tournament in San Jose, California has been confirmed.

Ireland competed at the Elche 7s in Spain last weekend, finishing in 2nd place behind Wales, and six of the players involved will compete in their second tournament in as many weeks.

Jordan Conroy, Shane Daly, Ian Fitzpatrick, Terry Kennedy, John O’Donnell and Mark Roche will all play in back-to-back tournaments, which are common on the World Rugby World Sevens Series.

The six additional players to complete the 12-Man squad are: Will Connors, Billy Dardis, Harry McNulty, Bryan Mollen, Greg O’Shea and Tim Schmidt.

The Silicon Valley 7s will feature a number of sides that compete on the World Series, with Ireland’s Pool A opponents Canada, England and Samoa all core teams.

Other sides competing at the tournament that are on the circuit include the likes of Australia, New Zealand, USA and Olympic gold medallists Fiji.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s action, IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens, Anthony Eddy said:

“This weekend’s tournament is set to be another big test for the players selected. We’re in a challenging pool, with three core World Series sides, including last year’s runners-up England, so it’s another chance to benchmark ourselves against top class opposition.

“Those players who were involved in last weekend’s tournament in Elche will also need to make sure they’ve rested and recovered appropriately ahead of this weekend – this is one of the most important aspects for sides involved on the World Series, so it’s a good opportunity to replicate these conditions.”

The tournament takes place on the 4th and 5th November at the Avaya Stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 18,000 and is the home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.

Ireland Men’s 7s – Silicon Valley 7s, San Jose, USA – 4/5 November 2017

Will Connors – UCD RFC/Leinster
Jordan Conroy – Buccaneers RFC/Connacht
Shane Daly – Cork Constitution FC/Munster
Billy Dardis – UCD RFC
Ian Fitzpatrick – Lansdowne FC/Leinster
Terry Kennedy – St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster

Harry McNulty – UCD RFC
Bryan Mollen – Dublin University FC
John O’Donnell – Lansdowne FC
Greg O’Shea – Shannon RFC
Mark Roche – Blackrock College RFC
Tim Schmidt – Terenure College RFC

Ireland Men’s 7s – Silicon Valley 7s Fixtures – Pool A

Saturday 4th November 2017
Samoa v Ireland – 12:06pm (local time)/7:06pm (Irish time)
Canada v Ireland – 3:44pm (local time)/10:44pm (Irish time)
England v Ireland – 6:54pm (local time)/1:54am Sun (Irish time)

Sunday 5th November 2017

Ireland Men’s 7s schedule

Oktoberfest 7s, Munich, Germany – 7th Place
Elche 7s, Spain – 2nd Place
Silicon Valley 7s, San Jose, USA – 4th/5th November
Dubai 7s, Dubai, UAU – 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