The Irish women's rugby side are through to the semi-finals of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney, where they will take on New Zealand, while the Irish men lost out to South Africa at the quarter-final stage.

The women their opening two games on Day 1, Beibhinn Parsons and Emily Lane scoring in either half as they ground out a 14-12 win over Spain.

They had a rather easier time of it in their second match against Brazil, Lucy Mulhall, Eve Higgins, Parsons and Natasja Behan all running in tries in a convincing 26-12 victory.

Despite a 43-7 loss to Australia, Ireland still qualified for the quarter-finals, where they accounted for Fiji 26-12.

Two tries from Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe lid the foundations for the win after Fiji led early on.

They will now face New Zealand in the semis on Sunday, at 4.44am (Irish time).

Ireland are currently fourth in the overall World Series standings in the qualifying for Paris 2024. The top four teams on the Series automatically book their ticket for the Olympics.

Ireland's men opened with a 17-12 defeat to a powerful Samoan outfit, though a brace of tries from Jordan Conroy had given James Topping's side a 12-5 lead at half-time.

They then bounced back strongly in their second game with a resounding 26-0 hammering of Spain, Conroy again among the try scorers along with Andrew Smith, Jack Kelly and Harry McNulty.

It was a similar score as Ireland got past the USA to set up the clash with South Africa, where the went down to a 26-12 defeat.

Ireland will now play Great Britain in the 5th place play-off on Sunday.