Ireland’s women rugby players head to Moscow this weekend (29-30 June) to contest the Women’s Sevens Rugby World Cup for the first time. For Ireland, this is an important staging post within a four-year programme set out by Wharton Consulting on behalf of the IRFU, and aimed at qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Formed as recently as spring 2012, the Ireland squad has already made impressive strides which culminated in qualification for the WSRWC through European competition in summer that year. Since then, Wharton has worked with the IRFU to secure 275,000 Euros in funding from the Irish Sports Council to underwrite the campaign in 2013. If successful in Moscow, Ireland will go forward to compete in the newly established Women’s Sevens World Series, the primary route towards being one of the 12 teams which will contest the first-ever Olympic women’s rugby sevens tournament in 2016. For more detail, see

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