The Ireland Men’s 7s management team have named their 12-man squad to travel to Munich to compete at the DHL Oktoberfest 7s on the 29th and 30th of September.

Connacht Academy and Galwegians wing Adam Leavy is among the squad for the competition.

The side will be captained by Billy Dardis and he is joined by UCD team mates Will Connors, Hugo Keenan and Harry McNulty.

Skerries’ Hugo Lennox, who played out-half for the Leinster Under-19s at the beginning of the month, and then went on to represent the Ireland Under-18 7s side at the Rugby Europe Championships in Germany two weeks ago has been selected to join up with the Senior Men’s 7s side, having impressed on both occasions.

Two Lansdowne players feature, with Leinster Academy’s Ian Fitzpatrick being joined by John O’Donnell.

Mark Roche, who moved from Lansdowne to Blackrock College RFC this summer is included.

Cork Constitution have two players in the squad in Shane Daly and Alex McHenry, and Dublin University’s Bryan Mollen completes the squad.

Ireland have been drawn in to Pool C with Chile and HSBC World Series sides Australia and Fiji, the “Flying Fijians” also won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Oktoberfest 7s is the first tournament for the Ireland Men’s 7s this season, as they build towards the World Series Qualifying event in Hong Kong in April and the World Rugby Sevens Rugby World Cup in July.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Director of Sevens Rugby Anthony Eddy said:

“It’s set to be a challenging, but exciting season for the Ireland Men’s Sevens Programme, as we prepare for two major tournaments in 2018.

“We have a strong group of players on the Sevens panel and we are getting the season underway earlier this year as we are looking to give the players lots of game time over the coming months.

“The Oktoberfest tournament will give the players the chance to play against top class opposition and the three pool games will be tough – but it will be important for us to play against sides who are competing on the World Series as often as possible so that the players can test themselves and develop their game as the season progresses.”

 

Ireland Men’s 7s – DHL Oktoberfest 7s, Munich – 29/30 September 2017

Will Connors – UCD/Leinster

Shane Daly – Cork Constitution/Munster

Billy Dardis – UCD

Ian Fitzpatrick – Lansdowne FC/Leinster

Hugo Keenan – UCD/Leinster

Adam Leavy – Galwegians/Connacht

Hugo Lennox – Skerries

Alex McHenry – Cork Constitution/Munster

Harry McNulty – UCD

Bryan Mollen – Dublin University

John O’Donnell – Lansdowne FC

Mark Roche – Blackrock College RFC

 

Ireland Men’s 7s – Pool C Fixtures – DHL Oktoberfest 7s

Friday 29th September 2017

Fiji v Ireland – 13:23 (local time)/12:23

Australia v Ireland – 15:23 (local time)/14:23 (Irish time)

Chile v Ireland – 18:44 (local time)/17:44 (Irish time)

 

Saturday 30th September 2017

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