Published: 12:29 | 2/7/17

Ireland to face France in Rugby Sevens


Ireland's Sevens team won all three of Saturday's Pool C matches in the Rugby Europe Grand Prix in Clermont.

Ireland beat Belgium, Italy and Wales at Gabriel Montpied Stadium to set up a quarter-final against France at 09.44 Irish time on Sundat.

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Ireland opened up with a 28-5 win over Belgium, and followed up with a 35-0 whitewash of Italy.

And in the final game, Anthony Eddy's side prevailed with a 21-5 win over Wales, who finish Pool C runners-up and will face a quarter-final against Germany on Sunday morning.

Naas' Fionn Carr scored two breakaway tries in the first half, and Josh Rowland, who replaced the injured Terry Kennedy in the squad from the second round in Lodz, added a third in the second half.

Dafydd Smith then scored a late consolation try to deny Ireland a second clean sheet of the day.

Ireland could be without the injured Harry McNulty and Jordan Conroy for the last-eight match against France, after the pair picked up injuries in Saturday's Pool games.

Ireland Sevens are attempting to qualify for both the repechage for the World Rugby World Series in Hong Kong next season, and next summer's Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco.

Ireland finished first on the opening weekend in Moscow, and third on the second weekend in Lodz, Poland. The four-stage Grand Prix ends in Exeter on 15 July.

Ireland are top of the standings in the race for World Cup qualification, tied on 36 points in the overall table with Spain and Russia, but ahead of the other two nations thanks to a superior points difference.

Ireland are also in pole position to be one of the two sides to qualify for the repechage, with Germany holding second space.

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