Ireland Sevens players Louise Galvin and Greg O'Shea have been appointed to the Executive Committee of Rugby Players Ireland in recognition of a sport that continues to flourish.

The Ireland Men’s Sevens defeated Hong Kong 28-7 earlier this month to take their place as one of the 15 core teams on next season’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Series, while the Ireland Women’s 7s finished the Kitakyushu leg of the World Series in seventh position last weekend.

It maintains a trend of impressive growth for the Sevens game in Ireland.

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Rugby Players Ireland, the representative association for professional rugby players in this country, have freshened up their personnel, with Institute of Directors (IoD) CEO Maura Quinn joining the Executive Board as an independent board member and Ireland Women’s captain Ciara Griffin also coming on board.

The four new appointees join chairman Rob Kearney, Darren Cave, Eoin McKeon, Peter O’Mahony and Johnny Sexton on the committee as well as existing independent board member Peter McKenna.

"We're delighted to welcome Maura, Louise, Ciara, and Greg," said Kearney.

"The appointments reflect the continued growth and development of professional rugby in Ireland. It is also particularly pleasing to have an individual of the calibre of Maura Quinn join the board and provide her expertise to the Executive Board as we focus on the delivery of our strategic objective to ensure that Ireland is the best country in the world to play professional rugby."