Conroy plays starring role as Ireland qualify for World Rugby sevens


TULLAMORE native Jordan Conroy was in blisterig form as Ireland secured their place in next season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Series.

The Buccaneers player scored a series of crucial tries as Offaly achieved their objective of qualifying for next season's big competitions.

Ireland will now be one of fifteen core teams in next season's tournament, having beaten Hong Kong by 28-7 in the World Series qualifier final at the Hong Kong 7s last weekend.

A brilliant underage rugby player and athlete in Tullamore, Conroy has emerged as a superb sevens player and is now a key part of the Ireland squad. He possesses great speed and scored a lot of tries and assists last week as Ireland gave a series of very assured performances.

Drawn in pool F, Ireland had a comfortable 26-90 win over Jamaica in their first game with Conroy scoring one try. He also got a try as Ireland drew 26 each with Uruguay in their second game.

He scored a fantatic hat trick as Ireland beat Russia by 33-7 in their final group game and then got two tries in a run away 47-0 quarter-final win over Russia.

Conroy continued his great form into the all important semi-final and final, getting two tries in the 19-10 semi-final win over Germany and then rounding it off with a further try as they beat the hosts, Hong Kong by 28-7 in the final.

Meanwhile Tullamore gave their prospects of staying in the All-Ireland League a big boost when they picked up a bonus point in an expected defeat by Ballina last Saturday. While Tullamore lost heavily by 47-27, they got the bonus point for scoring four tries and it means their survival prospects in Division 2C is in their own hands as they bid to avoid a return to junior ranks. They welcome City of Derry to Spollenstown this Saturday and a win will keep them out of the relegation play off.

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