MEGAN Burns got plenty of game time as Ireland finished 7th in the Kitakyushu 7s in Japan last weekend.
Tullamore player Burns is the latest player from Tullamore Rugby Club to gain international recognition, following in the footsteps of Niamh Kavanagh, Nicola Fryday and Ailsa Hughes and she was part of a 13 strong Irish squad named for this, the first World Series event of the year.
The IRFU are making a significant effort to promote womens' rugby and the sevens game. Burns, who turned 19 recently and is a daughter of Tullamore Rugby Club mens' firsts team coach, John Burns, also plays with Leinster and has progressed through the Ireland sevens pathway.
She won her first cap in Kazan last year and will be hoping to feature for the remainder of the World series.
Burns came on as a replacement in all the games. In Pool C, Ireland beat Fiji 31-10, lost to England 31-0 and the USA, 15-12, as they got into the quarter-final on points difference.
France proved too strong in the quarter-finals as they won 19-0 and in the semi-final for the 5th place play off, Australia beat them by 29-7 to send Ireland into the 7th/8th place play off against Russia. Here Ireland dug very deep to edge a 15-14 win and end the tournament on a high.
2018/19 HSBC World Series
USA (Denver), Infinity Park, Glendale, October 20-21 – 6th Place/10 PointsDUBAI, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, November 29-30 – 8th Place/6 PointsAUSTRALIA (Sydney), Spotless Stadium, Sydney, February 1-3 – 4th Place/14 PointsJAPAN (Kitakyushu), Mikuni World Stadium, Kitakyushu, April 20-21 – 7th Place/8 PointsCANADA (Langford), Westhills Stadium, Vancouver Island, May 11-12FRANCE (Biarritz),Stade Aguiléra , Biarritz, June 15-16.
The penultimate round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series takes place in Langford, Canada on the 11th and 12th of May, and Ireland, who are currently in 6th place on the overall series table will be in Pool A with Australia, Canada and Brazil.