Munster Academy winger Conor Phillips included in Ireland Sevens Squad

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THE Ireland Sevens squad have arrived in Edmonton for the second leg of a HSBC Canada Sevens double-header, where they will face Germany, Jamaica and Great Britain in Saturday’s Pool action.

Conor Phillips, the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy prospect has been included in the squad and will look to continue his good form after scoring four tries for Ireland in Vancouver and impressing for Munster in their in-house training game.

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There are three enforced changes to the squad with injuries blighting the chances of Gavin Mullin, Ed Kelly and Mark Roche unfortunately.

12 December 2020; Conor Phillips of Munster A gathers possession during the A Interprovincial Friendly between Ulster A and Munster A at Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile

Olympians Billy Dardis and Jordan Conroy have linked up with Ireland in Canada and are set for their first action since Tokyo, while Aaron O’Sullivan – who featured heavily on the World Series during the 2020 season – has also joined the squad and adds valuable experience to the ranks ahead of this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, IRFU Director of Sevens, Anthony Eddy is hopeful.

“It was great to see to team perform so well in Vancouver and they have taken a lot of learnings form that tournament that should put them in a better position this weekend.

“What is really exciting is to see some of the young men that have no experience of this level of competition perform so well and they will continue to develop and become very important players for the team during the 2021/2022 World Series.”

Ireland will open their campaign against Germany on Saturday (9.44am local time/4.44pm Irish time), before further Pool C clashes against Jamaica (12.55pm local time/7.55pm Irish time) and Great Britain (4.28pm local time/11.28pm Irish time) later in the day.

All games will be available to watch on the World Rugby Sevens Series social media channels.


Squad

Niall Comerford (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers)
Chris Cosgrave (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Seán Cribbin (Suttonians)
Billy Dardis (Terenure College)
Shane Jennings (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
Sean Kearns (Irish Sevens)
Steven Kilgallen (UCD RFC)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College)(Captain)
Ben Moxham (Ballymena/Ulster)
Aaron O’Sullivan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Conor Phillips (Young Munster/Munster)
Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster).


Schedule

Saturday, 25th September:

Pool C:

Ireland v Germany (9.44am local time/4.44pm Irish time)
Ireland v Jamaica (12.55pm local time/7.55pm Irish time)
Great Britain v Ireland (4.28pm local time/11.28pm Irish time)

Sunday, 26th September:

Play-off Matches.

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