Two Munster players have been named in a 13-man Irish squad that is vying for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Ireland head to Colomiers in France this weekend for the Rugby Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament with Shane Daly (Cork Con) and Greg O’Shea (Shannon) as part of their squad.
If Ireland win the tournament they will automatically reach the Tokyo games, but a second or third placed finish will see them have one final chance to earn a spot when the World Repechage takes place next year.
Ireland are grouped alongside Spain, Russia and the Ukraine. The competition will be live streamed on RugbyEurope.tv.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s action, Director of Ireland 7s, Anthony Eddy, said the following:
“The season so far has had a lot of positives for this group, with success in Hong Kong and additional learning opportunities in London and Paris on the World Series but one of the key targets for this season is Olympic qualification.
“There are some very strong sides competing in Colomiers at the weekend, but they are sides that we have come up against over the past numbers of seasons so the players are aware of what’s ahead of them and what needs to be done to achieve their goal of qualification.”
The squad in full is as follows:
ordan Conroy (Buccaneers)
Shane Daly (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Billy Dardis (Terenure College) Captain
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne)
Jack Kelly (Dublin University/Leinster)
Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s College)
Foster Horan (Lansdowne)
Adam Leavy (Lansdowne)
Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster)
Harry McNulty (UCD)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College)
Greg O’Shea (Shannon)