Sligo’s Hubert Gilvarry added to Ireland sevens squad

Sligo’s Hubert Gilvarry has been added to the Ireland men’s sevens squad for this weekend’s Emirates Dubai Sevens event in Doha.

Ireland recorded a seventh-place finish in the Series opener in Hong Kong last month and coming off the back of a stellar 2022 which included the memorable Rugby World Cup Sevens bronze medal.

The sevens squad are coached by former Ulster and Ireland international James Topping.

An initial 13-player squad was named for Dubai, with Ireland Men paired in Pool C alongside France, Spain and Uganda.

The top two sides in each Pool advance through to Saturday’s quarter-finals.

Dubai marks the start of the 2023 Women’s Series and Ireland will be hoping to build on last year’s success, particularly with the added motivation of Olympic Qualification on the line this year.

The top four finishers in both the Men’s and Women’s standings will automatically secure qualification for Paris 2024, with both Ireland squads setting their sights firmly on that goal.

Ireland’s first game is against Spain on Friday morning.