The Ireland Women’s 7s squad to travel to Canada to compete at the fifth stage of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May.

The team finished in 9th place at the Kitakyushu 7s in Japan, and are in 9th place in the overall standings.

The squad of 13 players will be captained by Lucy Mulhall.

Ashleigh Baxter, Kim Flood, Stacey Flood, Louise Galvin, Claire Keohane, Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe, Sene Naoupu, Audrey O’Flynn, Hannah Tyrrell who all competed in Japan are all once again named in the squad.

Mullingar’s Katie Heffernan, who was the 13th squad member in Las Vegas and Japan, will make her World Series debut should she be named in the match day squad, as will UCD player Anna McGann, who will be aiming to make her first appearance for the senior side.

Both players have come through the Ireland 7s development programme, and were on the Irish Development side that played in Dubai last December and in the Dublin 7s.

Chloe Blackmore of St. Mary’s College RFC completes the squad.

Ireland’s Pool C opponents in Langford are Australia, Fiji and Spain.

It will be the fifth consecutive tournament that Ireland will meet Fiji, while it will be the fourth time this season that they will come up against Australia. They have also met Spain twice already this season, winning both of those encounters.

Ireland Women’s 7s Squad for Langford 7s

Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke RFC / Ulster)
Chloe Blackmore (St.Mary’s College RFC / Munster)
Claire Keohane (UL Bohemian RFC / Munster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC / Leinster)
Kim Flood (Railway Union RFC / Leinster)
Louise Galvin (UL Bohemian RFC / Munster)
Katie Heffernan (Mullingar RFC / Railway Union RFC (dual status) /Leinster)
Anna McGann (UCD RFC / Leinster)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum RFC / Leinster) CAPTAIN
Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe (Railway Union RFC / Munster)
Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls)
Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland Sevens Programme)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere RFC / Leinster)

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series – Langford 7s – Ireland Fixtures
Pool C – Day 1 – 27th May

Ireland v Fiji – 11.14am (local) / 7.14pm (Irish time)
Ireland v Australia – 2.20pm (local) / 10.20pm (Irish time)
Ireland v Spain – 4.42pm (local) / 12.42am – Sunday (Irish time)

Day 2- 28th May

Play-offs

For more information on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, visit: http://www.worldrugby.org/womens-sevens-series