Ireland Sevens debutant Josh Costelloe takes on the USA’s Kevon Williams during the Pool C match at the Singapore National Stadium. © INPHO/Joe Hamby

James Topping’s charges sit second in Pool C, two points behind the US Eagles, and will be eager to bounce back from that 10-7 defeat when they face Fiji tomorrow at Singapore’s spectacular dome-shaped National Stadium.

HSBC World Rugby Sevens – Singapore 3/5/2024
Ireland vs USA
Ireland’s Josh Costello
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The Harry McNulty-led team, who are back in action on Saturday at 1.37pm local time/6.37am Irish time, got the better of Britain in their pool opener, winning 19-5 thanks to tries from Mark Roche, Gavin Mullin, and Chay Mullins.

 

Terry Kennedy’s 29th try of this season’s HSBC SVNS Series saw Ireland hit the front against the USA, but scores from captain Kevon Williams and Perry Baker, either side of half-time, ultimately proved decisive.

 

Shannon youngster Josh Costello (21) stepped up for his Ireland Sevens debut as a starter against the US, and Aaron O’Sullivan made his seasonal bow in the forwards, getting through a lot of work alongside McNulty, and Connor O’Sullivan, who is playing at his sixth SVNS Series leg.

 

Series leaders Argentina hold an eight-point cushion over second-placed Ireland, but with an inferior points difference, Topping’s men need los Pumas Sevens to fail to qualify for the Cup quarter-finals tomorrow, and then progress to the semi-finals themselves if they are to claim the league title in the Lion City.

 

You can watch all of the HSBC SVNS Series matches for free on RugbyPass TV or on TNT Sports, while there is coverage of Ireland’s progress in Singapore across the @Ireland7s social media channels, and in our Ireland Sevens Hub.

 

Britain put a lot of width on the ball early on, keen to respond to the USA’s 33-14 triumph over Fiji in the previous match. Roche hauled down Max McFarland a few metres out, and the former Clontarf winger was pinged for an extra roll.

 

Strong carries from both Connor and Aaron O’Sullivan saw Ireland reach the opposition 22 for the first time, three minutes in. They flooded out to the right where Jordan Conroy was held up short, before Roche barrelled into a tackle from Alex Davis and spun free to score.

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