Ireland U18 Girls Sevens team finished second in the Paris World Games U18 Girls Sevens tournament following defeat to NRU Thunder in the final.

The Irish side, including six Leinster representatives, finished the round robin phase as the top seed with five wins from five.

On Saturday, Ireland showed their intent by winning all three of their games. First up was the eventual winners NRU Thunder and Ireland came out on top 22-7.

They followed that up with a 34-10 win against more Canadian opposition, Celtic Barbarians RFC, and a thumping 61-0 victory over France’s AAS Sarcelles Rugby.

The two remaining pool games for the Irish contingent were played on Sunday morning. RC Feminines du Pays de Brest versus Ireland was the opening game of the day and finished 39-5 to the tourists.

A 31-0 win over 7 Fantastics – Massy cemented Ireland’s place as the top seed. The final was played on the same day at 6.20pm (Irish time) and NRU Thunder provided the opposition.

Thunder had proved Ireland’s strongest opposition in the pool phase and they highlighted their ability by claiming a surprise 17-5 reverse.

It ended as a great day for the Canadian contingent as Celtic Barbarians RFC claimed the ‘B’ Playoff Final (3rd v 4th) with a resounding 27-0 win over 7 Fantastics – Massy.