Ireland make book Cup Semi Final spot on opening day of Exeter 7s

Ireland were the standout team on the opening day of the Exeter 7s tournament. 

Anthony Eddy’s side made it three wins from three games, scoring 16 tries in the process as they beat Portugal 36-7, Belgium 40-7 and World Series side France 26-0 to top Pool A. Jimmy O’Brien and Jordan Conroy were top scorers with four tries each.

You can see highlights of the Portugal and Belgium games below.
FULL VIDEO REPLAY – IRELAND 36 PORTUGAL 7 (5:55-30:13) by Rugby Europe

FULL VIDEO REPLAY – IRELAND 40 BELGIUM 7 (1:51-24:00) by Rugby Europe

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS Squad (2017 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series – Round 4, Sandy Park, Exeter, Saturday, July 15-Sunday, July 16):

 Fionn Carr (Naas)
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Billy Dardis (UCD) (capt)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster)
Adam Leavy (Galwegians/Connacht) *
Harry McNulty (UCD)
Jimmy O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)
John O’Donnell (Lansdowne)
Greg O’Shea (Shannon)
Mark Roche (Lansdowne)
Nick Timoney (Queen’s University/Ulster)

* Denotes uncapped player


Exeter 7s – Pool A:

Saturday, July 15:

Ireland 36 Portugal 7, Sandy Park
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Jordan Conroy, Nick Timoney, Harry McNulty, John O’Donnell, Jimmy O’Brien, Hugo Keenan; Cons: Billy Dardis, Mark Roche 2

Team: Nick Timoney, Harry McNulty, Hugo Keenan, Ian Fitzpatrick, Jordan Conroy, Fionn Carr, Billy Dardis (capt). Subs: Adam Leavy, Greg O’Shea, John O’Donnell, Jimmy O’Brien, Mark Roche.

Ireland 40 Belgium 7, Sandy Park
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Jordan Conroy, Mark Roche, Hugo Keenan, Jimmy O’Brien 2, Ian Fitzpatrick; Cons: Mark Roche 4, Billy Dardis

Team: Harry McNulty (capt), Hugo Keenan, Ian Fitzpatrick, John O’Donnell, Jordan Conroy, Jimmy O’Brien, Mark Roche. Subs: Adam Leavy, Greg O’Shea, Nick Timoney, Fionn Carr, Billy Dardis.

Ireland 26 France 0, Sandy Park
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Jordan Conroy 2, Ian Fitzpatrick, Jimmy O’Brien; Cons: Billy Dardis 2, Mark Roche

Team: Nick Timoney, Harry McNulty, Hugo Keenan, Ian Fitzpatrick, Jordan Conroy, Fionn Carr, Billy Dardis (capt). Subs: Adam Leavy, Greg O’Shea, John O’Donnell, Jimmy O’Brien, Mark Roche.

Sunday, July 16:

Cup Quarter-Final: Ireland v TBC, Sandy Park

The full pool tables, results and fixtures are available on the Rugby Europe tournament page. Live coverage of Sunday’s knockout stages is available on Sky Sports 3 and For information on the RWC Sevens qualification process, click here.

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