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Ireland confirm men's and women's sides for Dubai SVNS

By Ian Cameron
Ireland players, from left, Niall Comerford, Jordan Conroy, Terry Kennedy and Jack Kelly celebrate after receiving their medals following the Men's Rugby Sevens final match between Ireland and Great Britain at the Henryk Reyman Stadium during the European Games 2023 in Krakow, Poland. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Ireland Men’s and Women’s Sevens squads have been confirmed for the inaugural HSBC SVNS Series leg in Dubai, marking the commencement of the 2024 season at The Dubai Sevens Stadium.


Harry McNulty captains the experienced 14-player Men’s squad, coached by James Topping, for the opening tournament of the eight-part 2024 Series.

Terry Kennedy, 2022’s World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, eyes a triumphant return as Ireland faces Argentina, Australia, and Spain in Pool B.

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Meanwhile, the Women’s team, led by Lucy Mulhall, will begin preparations for Paris 2024 in Pool B against Australia, Japan, and Brazil under head coach Allan Temple-Jones.

RugbyPass TV offers free coverage of the HSBC SVNS Series.

Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad – HSBC SVNS – DUBAI SVNS
Niall Comerford
Jordan Conroy
Sean Cribbin
Billy Dardis
Shane Jennings
Jack Kelly
Terry Kennedy
Hugo Lennox
Harry McNulty
Gavin Mullin
Chay Mullins
Mark Roche
Zac Ward

Ireland Women’s Sevens Squad – HSBC SVNS Series – Dubai SVNS
Natasja Behan
Megan Burns
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe
Stacey Flood
Katie Heffernan
Eve Higgins
Erin King
Vicky Elmes Kinlan
Emily Lane
Kate Farrell McCabe
Lucy Mulhall
Béibhinn Parsons
Aoibheann Reilly



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Red and White Dynamight 3 hours ago
Duhan van der Merwe hat-trick sinks sloppy England to win Calcutta Cup

Up the Jocks ! a great team effort and 4 victories v on the bounce v their greatest rivals for those north of Hadrians. But, of course, before the celebrations survive the first pint of McEwans, it seems for some this Calcutta Cup match was merely 1 man v 15. What exactly is it about Sth Africans that make them such insufferable bores ? you rarely see Kiwis claiming Ireland victories (incl 3 x NZers) or Aussies for that matter (X1). You never see Samoans claiming France/England victories (Tuilagis). Or Fijians claim All Black victories. Scotland have had some great Kiwi-born players (S.Lineen/B.Laney/J.Leslie) - no surprise given their heritage - but they supported them as their ‘2nd team’. If anything they applaud their countrymen for taking opportunities and bettering themselves as professionals and, hopefully, competing on the World stage too. It takes some stratospheric level of stupid to ignore the opaque boundaries and qualifications that now allow Japan to be competitive, Portugal to win a RWC game, Argentinians to play for Italy, New Zealanders to dominate Tongan and Samoan teams - and not celebrate that World Rugby is more competitive and better for it. Everywhere on social media, even when the post has zero to do with Sth Africans (schoolboy rugby being the most obvious barrel-scraping eg - these are KIDS), they pile in and try to claim the “we are better/stronger/faster” with such voluminous levels of obnoxious bile, that it poisons the mere celebration of the sport itself. These are not ‘rugby fans’ that can marvel at the Game they Play in Heaven, but rather some misplaced insecure-fuelled poison that they need to extract from deep inside their psyche. Its hard to understand the exact reason for the massive chip on their shoulders and their desperation for the victimhood/noone-loves-us-we-dont-care, but it seems accelerated with their LOTTO Cup 1-pt wins, like gasoline on the fire. Obsessed with ‘cheating’ refs and ‘cheating’ opposition (Rassies video bloopers during Lions tour; McCaw’s whole career) and celebrating their own thuggery (#JUSTICE4 the dirtiest player in pro-rugby history), when luck suddenly goes their way (1995 Final vs an acutely comprimised ABs; Kilosi<->Cane cards in 2023 Final) or their players escape adequate penalty (Etzebeth 1-handed non-intercepts; Kolbe illegal chargedown; Etzebeth cynically retreating in the AB backline) so obviously that its clearly been coached, then suddenly its AOK as long its SA that benefit directly from it. The schizophrenic nature of Sth Africans presents them as good company in person - and lets face it, theyre EVERYWHERE now and cant get out of their own country fast enough - but as anonymous keyboard ninjas their true nature shines out as one beset with a dark undercurrent of toxic self-absorption. It appears that the bravado appears only under the protection of anonymity, a cowardice of insufferable reverse-flagellation to make themselves feel proud when the mirror stares back at them. Give yourselves a long slow clap. Well done to the entire Scotland team including all those born south of Hadrians Wall. Playing a fantastic fast pace of fluid ball-in-hands rugby that seems almost foreign to other teams. Och aye the noo.

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