Ireland Women's Sevens head coach departs as squad seek Olympic qualification

Ireland Women's Sevens head coach departs as squad seek Olympic qualification
Neasa Kennedy
Neasa Kennedy

Ireland Women's Sevens head coach Aiden McNulty has left his position with Allan Temple-Jones announced as his replacement.

Temple-Jones previously held the role of Head of Athletic Performance for the Ireland Sevens from 2017-2021 and makes his return after two seasons with the Cell C Sharks in South Africa with McNulty after taking up the position of Provincial Talent Coach at Munster.

The Irish squad face an important weekend as the World Rugby Sevens Series takes place in Hong Kong, with Olympic qualification on the horizon and within their grasp.

The top four teams in the overall standings secure qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games. Currently sitting in fifth position, but with Olympic hosts France occupying 4th, Ireland would secure their place at the 2024 Games as things stand knowing two more successful performances in Hong Kong and Toulouse in May puts them in a strong position.


The squad, captained by Lucy Mulhall, are currently 10 points ahead of Fiji who they face will in their Pool in Hong Kong along with Australia and Brazil.

Both the mens and women's Ireland Sevens teams are in action and the games can be watched via the World Rugby Sevens Series website and app.

Ireland's women's squad schedule is:

Friday, 31st March


Ireland v Fiji; 6.04am (Irish time)

Ireland v Australia; 10.28am (Irish time)

Saturday, 1st April

Ireland v Brazil; 2.32am (Irish time)

Sunday, 2nd April

Play-off matches.

Ireland Women's Sevens Squad 

Kathy Baker (Blackrock College RFC)
Claire Boles (Railway Union RFC)
Megan Burns (Blackrock College RFC)
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union RFC)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC)
Katie Heffernan (Railway Union RFC)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC)
Erin King (Old Belvedere RFC)
Vicky Elmes Kinlan (Wicklow RFC)
Emily Lane (Blackrock College RFC)
Kate Farrell McCabe (Suttonians RFC)
Lucy Mulhall Wicklow RFC) (capt)
Béibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College RFC

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