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Ireland hammer England to continue World Cup prep with bronze medal

It was another good weekend for Ireland in Paris.

Ireland celebrate their bronze medal win in Paris.
Ireland celebrate their bronze medal win in Paris.
Image: IRFU/Neil Kennedy

IRELAND CONTINUED THEIR encouraging preparations for next month’s Rugby World Cup Sevens by clinching the bronze medal at the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series tournament in Marcoussis last night.

Anthony Eddy’s side rebounded from their semi-final defeat to hosts and eventual champions France with a record-breaking 39-7 win over England in the bronze medal final.

It was Ireland’s biggest-ever winning margin against England in both sevens and 15s rugby, with a number of players producing standout performances across the course of the six games.

In scoring 35 tries during the tournament, Ireland again showed their promise heading into the World Cup in San Francisco, where they will meet England in their opening fixture at AT&T Park on Friday 20 July.

Ireland coasted through the Pool stages on Friday, defeating Scotland, Poland and Wales in emphatic fashion, before continuing their excellent form with a big quarter-final win over Wales.

Eddy’s charges were, however, stopped in their tracks by a powerful French side in the last four tie, but rallied to end the weekend on a high with a confidence-boosting win over England.

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