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Sevens travel to Vancouver for next leg

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 4:30pm

Foster Horan has been called up to the Ireland squad ahead of the sixth leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series this weekend. Coach Anthony Eddy's side are bidding to build on last week's sixth place finish at the LA Sevens in Vancouver where they play Spain, Kenya and New Zealand.

Horan, who was named the Players' Player of the Tournament in Hamilton, has returned to fitness and replaces the injured Aaron O'Sullivan in the only change to Eddy's 13 man panel for the Canada Sevens from Los Angeles.

Billy Dardis once again captains Ireland and is set to hit the 100 point mark in this year's World Series, having brought his tally to 99 at the Dignity Health Sports Park, while Jordan Conroy remains the leading try-scorer this campaign with 23 after he crossed six times at the weekend.

Ireland, currently ranked ninth in the overall World Series standings, arrived in Vancouver on Monday evening after making the short trip north from LA.

Drawn in Pool C, Ireland will get their Canada Sevens campaign underway on Saturday against European rivals Spain (6.31pm Irish time) before going head-to-head with Kenya (9.43pm Irish time).

Eddy's side conclude the pool stages against current World Series leaders New Zealand on Saturday (1.35am Irish time), with all the action live on Sky Sports throughout the weekend.

Speaking upon the team's arrival in Vancouver, Eddy, the IRFU Director of Sevens and Women's Rugby, said: "The Vancouver tournament is another new experience for the squad, and they are looking forward to backing up what was a reasonable result in LA. A good performance on day one is crucial and we will be looking for greater consistency in our performance as there are no easy games and all teams want the same prize."

You can follow all the build-up to the Canada Sevens on and on IRFU social media channels throughout the week.

Sevens Squad:

Adam Leavy (Lansdowne)

Billy Dardis (Terenure College)

Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College)

Foster Horan (Lansdowne)

Graham Curtis (Malone/Ulster)

Greg O’Shea (Shannon)

Harry McNulty (UCD)

Hugo Lennox (Skerries)

Jack Kelly (Dublin University)

Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers)

Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster)

Mark Roche (Lansdowne)

Terry Kennedy (St Mary’s College)

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