Béibhinn Parsons one of a number of 15s players in Dubai sevens squad

Final 13-strong groups named for the men and women ahead of World Series opener

Béibhinn Parsons travels to Dubai with the Ireland Sevens team. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Béibhinn Parsons travels to Dubai with the Ireland Sevens team. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

 

Béibhinn Parsons headlines a 13-player panel for the opening round of the World Rugby Seven Series in Dubai.

Alongside Parsons, Stacey Flood, Amee Leigh Murphy-Crowe and Eve Higgins move across from the squad that recently won back-to-back Tests against the USA and Japan.

Lucy Mulhall skippers the group as Ireland make their first World Series appearance since the Sydney leg of the tournament in February 2020.

Ireland kick off their 2022 campaign against Fiji in Pool B on Friday morning (5.22am Irish time).

Great Britain are next up (8.34am Irish time), followed by Canada (2.07pm Irish time) in further Pool outings on Friday, before a final first round clash with Russia on Saturday (5.44am Irish time).

Billy Dardis once again leads the men’s squad as they line up in the same tournament. Dardis is one of six Olympians to return to the fold in the side’s first action since their disappointing 10th-placed finish in Tokyo.

Jack Kelly, Mark Roche, Bryan Mollen, Hugo Lennox and Terry Kennedy are the other familiar faces from the Olympic squad.

Ireland get the men’s tournament up and running against South Africa on Friday morning (5.32am Irish time). Pool C clashes against Great Britain (9.46am Irish time) and Japan (12.08pm Irish time) follow on Friday.

All matches can be streamed live on the World Rugby Sevens Series website.

Ireland Women’s Sevens Squad:

Kathy Baker (Blackrock College RFC)

Claire Boles (Railway Union RFC)

Brittany Hogan (DCU RFC/Old Belvedere RFC)

Erin King (Old Belvedere RFC)

Katie Heffernan (Mullingar RFC/Railway Union RFC)

Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC)

Aoibheann Reilly (Blackrock College RFC)

Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum RFC) (capt)

Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC)

Kate Farrell McCabe (Suttonians RFC)

Béibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College RFC)

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union RFC)

Megan Burns (Blackrock College RFC)

Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad:

Jack Kelly (Dublin University FC)

Liam Turner (Dublin University FC/Leinster)

Mark Roche (Lansdowne FC)

Zac Ward (Ballynahinch RFC)

Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College RFC)

Billy Dardis (Terenure College RFC) (capt)

Sean Cribbin (Suttonians RFC)

Hugo Lennox (Skerries RFC)

Aaron O’Sullivan (Blackrock College RFC)

Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s College RFC)

Niall Comerford (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Ed Kelly (Dublin University FC)

Jude Postlethwaite (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)

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