The scale of the task face Ireland's men's sevens side as they bid to qualify for the Olympic Games was brought into sharp focus after they were handed a difficult pool draw for the World Olympic Repechage.

Ireland have been placed in Pool A alongside Samoa, Zimbabwe and Tonga for next month's competition, which takes place in Monaco on June 18-19.

Ireland's lack of recent participation in world sevens events meant they were among the bottom seeds for the draw, having come through last summer's Division C and B tournaments and then the European Repechage.

Only one team from the 16-nation event will secure a place in Rio, while there is also just a single place on offer at the women's competition, scheduled for June 25-26 at UCD.

Ireland's women are among the top seeds, however, and will learn their pool opponents this weekend following their performance at the World Sevens Series event in France.

Ireland lie 12th in the series standings, and should they fail to overhaul either Spain or Russia then they will be placed in Pool C alongside China, Portugal and Trinidad & Tobago.

The Irish women's squad hto compete in Clermont-Ferrand this weekend shows two changes, with Shannon RFC's Aoife Doyle and Railway Union's Susan Vaughan coming into the side. 

Ireland women's squad: Ashleigh Baxter, Aoife Doyle, Kim Flood, Stacey Flood, Alison Miller, Lucy Mulhall (cpt), Amee Leigh Murphy-Crowe, Sene Naoupu, Audrey O'Flynn, Hannah Tyrell, Susan Vaughan, Megan Williams.

Monaco Sevens – Men's Olympic Games repechage (18-19 June) Stade Louis II
Pool A: Samoa, Zimbabwe, Tonga, Ireland
Pool B: Canada, Germany, Uruguay, Sri Lanka
Pool C: Russia, Chile, Morocco, Tunisia
Pool D: Hong Kong, Spain, Mexico, South Korea

Dublin Sevens – Women's Olympic Games repechage (25-26 June) UCD Bowl
Pool A: Russia/Spain/Ireland, Samoa, Zimbabwe, Madagascar
Pool B: Russia/Spain/Ireland, Mexico, Venezuela, Tunisia
Pool C: Russia/Spain/Ireland, China, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago
Pool D: Hong Kong, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Cook Islands