Scott Bemand opens his campaign as head coach today with Ireland versus Kazakhstan in the XV3 series.
The first of the three fixture window, the former English coach will be looking to get off to a good start against the Asian outfit before attention turns to their Colombia and Spain matches over the coming weeks.
Here’s everything you need to know about Ireland versus Kazakhstan .
What time does the game start?
Ireland versus Kazakhstan kicks off at 4:40pm Irish time or 7:30pm local time at Dubai Exiles Rugby Club, The Sevens Stadium Al Ain Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Where to watch Ireland versus Kazakhstan?
The game will be streamed for free on RugbyPass, with the teams, previous form and table for the XV3 series also available to view there.
☘️From new co captains to a fresh philosophy, Ireland’s new head coach Scott Bemand explained ALL today at his first press conference.
👇Read all about that, and Vikki Wall's contract situation with the Irish rugby sevens team here👇https://t.co/lvkYQHxYzz
— Her Sport (@HerSportDotIE) September 28, 2023
Who’s playing for Ireland?
Bemand has named a team glittered with talent and experience, but also dotted with up and comers for Ireland versus Kazakhstan, with the team sheet listed as follows;
Ireland: Méabh Deely, Natasja Behan, Eve Higgins, Aoife Dalton, Béibhinn Parsons; Dannah O'Brien, Molly Scuffil-McCabe; Linda Djougang, Neve Jones, Christy Haney, Dorothy Wall, Sam Monaghan, Grace Moore, Edel McMahon, Brittany Hogan
Replacements: Sarah Delaney, Sadhbh McGrath, Megan Collis, Eimear Corri, Maeve Óg O’Leary, Aoibheann Reilly, Nicole Fowley, Leah Tarpey.
The Ireland Women's team for Friday's WXV3 opener against Kazakhstan has been named! 🟢#IrishRugby
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) October 11, 2023
What’s been said prior to the game?
In the build up head coach Scott Bemand and one of his newly appointed co captains, Edel McMahon spoke to the media, highlighting how they can use this game and the entire series as a fresh start.
It comes after Ireland failed to win a game at this year’s Six Nations, finishing bottom and ultimately resulting in former coach Greg McWilliam’s departure from the position.
Ireland head coach Scott Bemand is confident the XV3 series can serve as a “fresh start” for Irish women's rugby!
🇰🇿The Kazakhstan preview
🏉The role of the sevens stars
🚓Who's good cop/bad cop between Edel McMahon & Sam Monaghan
— Her Sport (@HerSportDotIE) October 12, 2023
Ireland vs Kazakhstan in the XV3 series takes place on Friday the 13th of October 2023 at 4:30pm Irish time, with the game available to stream live on RugbyPass.