Niamh Briggs part of experienced Sevens side for this weekend's Olympic qualifiers

Anthony Eddy's side take on China, Portugal and Trinidad and Tobago in UCD this weekend in the hopes of booking their place in Rio

BY Cian Roche 21:26 Tuesday 21 June 2016, 21:26 21 Jun 2016

Niamh Briggs makes just her second appearance for the Ireland Rugby Sevens this weekend, as she aims to help Anthony Eddy's side qualify for the Olympics.

The side, captained by Lucy Mulhall, will face China, Portugal and Trinidad and Tobago in the tournament's Group C. The winner of the tournament will be rewarded with the one Olympic place up for grabs.

There will be 16 teams competing for the solitary Olympic spot and Eddy has drawn on all the experience he can by naming players who competed on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

"The tournament this weekend is something we’ve been building towards all season," Eddy said.

"With both Olympic Qualification and a place as a core team on next season’s World Series, we are very much aware of what is at stake.

"The players have gained great experience from being on the World Series this year and understand what is required from them in UCD this weekend so they are looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd and hopefully we can get a good result."

Ireland's first game on Saturday is against Trinidad & Tobago at 12.34pm, they will then face Portugal at 3.40pm and play China in their final Pool C game at 6.48pm.

Ireland Women's squad for Women's Sevens Olympic Repechage, UCD

Ashleigh Baxter – Belfast Harlequins / Ulster

Niamh Briggs – UL Bohemians / Munster

Nicole Cronin – Shannon / Munster

Aoife Doyle – Shannon / Munster

Louise Galvin – UL Bohemians / Munster

Kim Flood - Railway Union / Leinster

Stacey Flood – Railway Union / Leinster

Alison Miller – Portlaoise / Connacht

Lucy Mulhall – Rathdrum / Leinster - (C)

Amee Leigh Murphy-Crowe – Railway Union / Munster

Audrey O'Flynn – Talent ID Programme

Megan Williams – St.Mary's College RFC

Match Schedule for Women's Global Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Ireland v Trinidad & Tobago – 12.34pm
Ireland v Portugal – 3.40pm
Ireland v China – 6.46pm


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