Sunday, August 23, 2015

Irish Ladies 7's core team for 2015/16 series, Leinster and Connacht win, and beware of the French!

 Adam Byne

Firstly, big shout for the Irish ladies 7’s team, who qualified as a core team for the 2015/16 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series after some fine performances this weekend. Onwards and upwards!

In the World Club 7’s, Connacht finished a creditable third, Munster made it to the Plate final and Leinster beat Ulster in the Shield final.

Leinster beat Ulster away, in match that wasn’t televised. You would wouldn’t read too much into these friendlies, but good to get the win, Ireland Sevens international Adam Byrne scored what sounded like a good try, and Luke Marshall had a good solo effort for Ulster. In Limerick, Munster came unstuck against Connacht, but it was a fairly makeshift Munster, and nearly full strength Connacht, so not too surprising. Francis Saili made his debut for Munster, I think we’re going to hear a lot about him, he’s potent!

Scotland came out on top against Italy, ending a long running losing streak. I think this could be the start of a slow steady climb for them, where beating Italy won’t be much of an issue any more.

Finally, France got one over England in fine style in Paris. You never know which French team is going to turn up, but this one wanted to play, and they had England unsettled and on the rack for 70 minutes, until they let in a few tries that gave the English performance a gloss that wasn’t really there. Both teams had huge changes from the week before, so what does the result mean? Not much, except, as usual, beware of the French!

France 25 - 20 England        
Italy 12 - 16 Scotland    
Ulster 21 v 24 Leinster
Munster 12-28 Connacht

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