The Irish Women’s Sevens Rugby team made history in Perth, Australia on Sunday winning their first ever HSBC SVNS Series tournament. The final game finished with a 19-14 victory for the irish women’s team.
Ireland’s current squad, led by Captain Lucy Mulhall, picked up 20 SVNS Series points in Perth, which lifts them from seventh place up to fourth in the overall standings. The Irish team is the sixth country to have won a round of the SVNS series.
They are just six points behind Olympic hosts France, who sit in third ploace. The SVNS Series resumes with back-to-back events in Vancouver (February 23-25) and Los Angeles (March 1-3) – New Zealand, Brazil, and South Africa will join the newly-crowned Perth champions in Pool A in Canada.
This victory marks another milestone for the IRFU Sevens Program, as the Ireland men’s team finished as bronze medal winners. The Ireland’s men’s team defeated Fiji 24 – 7.
This historic first SVNS Series title success – for either the Men or Women – comes just six months before both Irish teams compete at the same Olympic Games for the first time.