Director of Sevens and Women’s Rugby, Anthony Eddy has named the Ireland Women’s Sevens squad to compete in the final leg of the World Rugby HSBC Women’s Sevens Series in Clermont-Ferrand this weekend.

There are two changes to the squad that departed for Atlanta and Canada last month, with Shannon RFC’s Aoife Doyle and Railway Union’s Susan Vaughan coming into the side. Both players will be making their first appearances on the World Series this season, but have previous experience at this level.

Women's Six Nations Championship Round 5, Donnybrook, Dublin 20/3/2016 Ireland vs Scotland Ireland's Sene Naoupu congratulates Liz Burke on scoring the second try of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu 

Ireland have been drawn in Pool C with hosts France, Australia and Fiji.

Speaking ahead of the squad departing for Clermont, Anthony Eddy said;

“We’ve been drawn into a challenging pool with France, Australia and Fiji. France will no doubt be looking to put in a good performance in front of a home crowd and Australia will have their sights on the overall 2015/16 World Series title, having won three of the four stages this season. We then meet Fiji in the final game on Saturday and they are always a tough side to play against.

Since returning from Atlanta and Canada the players have been very focused and have been training well together so we will be looking to finish the World Series on a positive note this weekend”.

The Clermont 7s will be the final major competition the Ireland side will compete in before the Women’s Global Olympic Qualifying Tournament takes place in UCD in Dublin on the 25th and 26th June, tickets available at www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens

Ireland Women’s squad for HSBC World Sevens Series, Clermont
Ashleigh Baxter – Belfast Harlequins / Ulster
Aoife Doyle – Shannon / Munster
Kim Flood – Railway Union / Leinster
Stacey Flood – Railway Union / Leinster
Alison Miller – Portlaoise / Connacht
Lucy Mulhall – Rathdrum / Leinster – Captain
Amee Leigh Murphy-Crowe – Railway Union / Munster
Sene Naoupu – Galwegians / Connacht
Audrey O’Flynn – Talent ID Programme
Hannah Tyrell – Old Belvedere / Leinster
Susan Vaughan – Railway Union / Leinster
Megan Williams – St.Mary’s College RFC

Match Schedule – Clermont 7s
Sat 28th May 2016
France 7s v Ireland 7s – 12.50 (Local Time) / 11.50 (Irish Time)
Australia 7s v Ireland 7s – 15.12 (Local Time) / 14.12 (Irish Time)
Fiji 7s v Ireland 7s – 18.18 (Local Time) / 17.18 (Irish Time)

Saturday 29th May 2016
Cup / Bowl / Plate Play-Offs

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