Lucy Mulhall will captain the Ireland Women’s 7s side to compete at the second round of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai.

Brittany Hogan is set for her Series debut, having first been capped in September at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix in Kazan.

Hogan, who plays with Railway Union and Ulster, has come through the Ireland 7s pathway, representing Ireland at U18s level and was part of the Ireland Women’s 7s Development side that played at the International Invitational tournament in Dubai this time last year.

Louise Galvin returns to the squad having missed out on the opening round of the Series in Colorado last month due to injury.

Ireland are drawn with New Zealand, Russia and invitational side Kenya in Pool A, with European rivals Russia first up on Thursday.

Ahead of the tournament, coach Anthony Eddy said;"We are all looking forward to the tournament, the girls have had a good preparation and I think they are now just excited about playing again and competing at this level."