Ireland finished in fourth place at the World Series Sevens season-opener in Canada over the weekend.

It was the team's best result since joining as a core team and was even more impressive as Anthony Eddy had selected a new-look squad for the event in Vancouver.

Victories over Hong Kong (17-14), Jamaica (50-0) and a draw with Great Britain (7-7) in Pool B on Saturday paved the way for a quarter-final meeting with Hong Kong on Sunday.

A 12-7 after extra time win saw the team through to a meeting with Kenya, who overran an inexperienced Irish team, who had just 22 World Series caps in total.

Great Britain ran out 24-14 winners in the third/fourth place play-off, while South Africa beat Kenya in the final.

Conor Phillips scored four tries over the two days, while Shane Jennings, Liam Turner, Sean Kearns, Mark Roche and Gavin Mullin all scored two tries.


IRELAND SQUAD

Niall Comerford (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Chris Cosgrave (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Sean Cribbin (Suttonians RFC)
Shane Jennings (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
Sean Kearns (Ireland Sevens)
Ed Kelly (Dublin University FC)
Steven Kilgallen (UCD RFC)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College) (capt)
Ben Moxham (Ballymena RFC/Ulster)
Gavin Mullin (UCD RFC)
Conor Phillips (Young Munster RFC/Munster)
Mark Roche (Lansdowne FC)
Liam Turner (Dublin University FC/Leinster)