Irish men’s and women’s 7-a-side teams qualify for World Cup

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The Irish men’s and women’s teams have both booked their places for this year’s Rugby 7s World Cup in Cape Town.

Both teams started this weekend European qualifying tournaments in Bucharest with the aim of reaching the last four, and that is exactly what the Irish men’s and women’s teams did.

The men’s and women’s tournaments ended after the quarter-finals, with the top four in each competition qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa.

In the men’s tournament, Ireland, Portugal, Germany and Wales qualified, while Ireland, Poland, England and Spain qualified for the women’s tournament.

Georgia pushed Ireland all the way on the men’s side.

Ireland got their weekend off to a good start by beating Poland 73-0 in their opening pool game, before ending Saturday with a 29-point win over Portugal.

Italy proved to be a bigger challenge for the men in green as Ireland cruised to a 21-5 victory in the final game of the group stages, setting up a winning encounter against Georgia.

Georgia took the lead early on with a converted try, but Ireland fought back with three of their own to secure victory, before a late Georgians consolation try made it 17-12 at the end Match.

The men in green will be one of 24 teams taking part in the tournament in September in South Africa.

The Irish go through qualifying.

Ireland proved far too good for their opponents as they conceded no points in four games in Bucharest.

The women in green beat Wales by 62 points, Germany by 27 points, Czechia by 52 points and Portugal by 36 points as they firmly booked their place at the World Cup.

16 teams will take part in the women’s tournament in Cape Town, with Ireland being one of five European teams to take part.

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