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Ireland Sevens open with surprise defeat to Canada but bounce back against Spain

The Men’s side will face France tomorrow but they need Spain to do them a favour against Canada too.

Head coach Anthony Eddy.
Head coach Anthony Eddy.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS side opened their New Zealand Sevens campiagn with a defeat to Canada but managed to respond with a win over Spain overnight. 

Anthony Eddy’s side went down 26-21 to the Canadians first time out. 

But he later saw his outfit record a four-try victory over the Spanish — winning 28-17 — in Hamilton to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Foster Horan, Jordan Conroy, Terry Kennedy and Harry McNulty were the try scorers.

The pool will boil down to who performs best when Canada play Spain and France face Ireland in their final matches tomorrow before the play-offs. 

Under the format, introduced for the New Zealand round and for Australia next weekend, quarter-finals have been scrapped, pool winners progress direct to the semi-finals and there is no longer a second chance for teams who slip up in pool play. 

Source: World Rugby/YouTube

RESULTS

Men

Pool A

USA 24 Scotland 7

New Zealand 47 Wales 0

Scotland 24 Wales 19

New Zealand 26 USA 5

 

Pool B

Engand 24 Kenya 19

South Africa 31 Japan 5

Kenya 12 Japan 12

England 21 South Africa 19

 

Pool C

Canada 26 Ireland 21

France 21 Spain 17

Ireland 28 Spain 17

France 12 Canada 12

 

Pool D

Australia 38 Argentina 7

Fiji 19 Samoa 12

Fiji 19 Australia 12

Argentina 40 Samoa 0

 

Women

Pool A

Fiji 26 England 19

New Zealand 40 China 7

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China 17 Fiji 12

New Zealand 40 England 7

 

Pool B

USA 19 Russia 12

Australia 24 Brazil 14

USA 34 Brazil 7

Australia 40 Russia 12

 

Pool C

France 31 Spain 7

Canada 24 Ireland 7

France 35 Ireland 7

Canada 35 Spain 5

 

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