Ballinsaloe RFC duo Meabh Deely and Aoibheann Reilly, and Westport RFC’s Grace Browne Moran have been named in the Ireland Girls Sevens squad that travel to Loughborough University in England’s East Midlands to take part in the UK School Games this weekend.
The UK School Games Rugby Sevens tournament features seven teams representing Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland with regional and development sides set to battle it out in one pool stage, played over Friday and Saturday afternoon, before heading to the knockout stages on Saturday evening.
The 12 players selected have been coached by Ireland Women’s 7s Captain Lucy Mulhall and are part of a wider Girls Sevens squad that is preparing for the Rugby Europe tournament in Vichy, France on the 16th and 17th September.
The squad features four players who competed at the tournament last season, Enya Breen, Megan Burns, Ellie Ingram and Emily Lane, who will captain the side this season.
Eve Higgins, who plays her club rugby with Railway Union, missed out the last two year through injury. She has played with the Ireland 7s Development Team and was also part of the wider Ireland Women’s 15s training squad and was involved in the build-up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Megan Burns was part of the Tullamore side that won the inaugural IRFU GX7s national finals in Aviva Stadium in 2016.
Eve and Megan are amongst a number of aspiring young players to feature in the new #GiveItATry videos that encourage women and girls to get involved in rugby.
Ireland Girls 7s Squad – UK School Games 2017
Enya Breen (Bantry RFC/Munster)
Megan Burns (Tullamore RFC/Leinster)
Aimee Clarke (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Meabh Deely (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
Ellie Ingram (Enniskillen RFC/Ulster)
Lucinda Kinghan (Monaghan RFC/Ulster)
Emily Lane (Mallow RFC/Munster) (Captain)
Grace Browne Moran (Westport RFC/Connacht)
Saoirse O’Reilly (Wicklow RFC/Leinster)
Aoibheann Reilly (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht)
Dorothy Wall (Fethard RFC/Munster)
Ireland Girls 7s Fixtures
Friday 1st September
Ireland v England North (1:22pm)
Ireland v England South East (2:21pm)
Ireland v England Midlands (3:42pm)
Ireland v England South West (5:03pm)
Saturday 2nd September
Ireland v Scotland (15:07hrs)
Ireland v Wales (16:28hrs)
Follow the schools games this weekend with live streams here: http://schoolgamesfinals.org/watch-live-rugby-sevens/
And on Twitter here: @_schoolgames