Sean O’ Brien on hand to launch rugby sevens

Ireland flanker Sean O’ Brien took some time out from his Six Nations preparations last night, as he joined legends Mick Galwey and Willie Duggan in Kilkenny to help launch the new Marble City 7s tournament.

Ireland flanker Sean O’ Brien took some time out from his Six Nations preparations last night, as he joined legends Mick Galwey and Willie Duggan in Kilkenny to help launch the new Marble City 7s tournament.

The tournament, an inclusive mix of rugby sevens, fun and entertainment, has not been hosted in Kilkenny since the 1970s. Kilkenny last won it in 1971 against Waterpark, a team from Waterford.

Kilkenny RFC are now calling all rugby players to take part in the new competition, set to kick off on June 29 at the club’s home grounds, Foulkstown, Kilkenny. With local sponsors and the backing of Guinness, Kukri Sports and The Gathering 2013, the Marble City 7s are aiming to attract top Irish, UK and European rugby sevens teams to compete for the title of Marble City 7s Rugby Champion.

Entry is open to 32 teams with Men’s Premier, Men’s Social and Women’s Social leagues, and there is a prize fund of €4,500 at stake. As well as the great display of rugby, participants and spectators can enjoy live music entertainment and feast on the club’s barbeque. Camping facilities will available on the grounds of the Kilkenny RFC.

A host of celebrities turned out to the Set Theatre last night to attend the launch; Ned Byrne, Evanne Ni Chuilinn, Mick Galwey, Willie Duggan, Caroline Mahon and Dave Keehan all joined Sean O’ Brien for the occasion.

“It will be a great event for both the club and Kilkenny City, bringing people in from all over, especially if my home club Tullow plays,”

said O’ Brien.

To enter the competition, just download an application form from www.marblecity7s.com or email us on marblecity7s@gmail.com. Entry fee is €300 per team. The competition is limited to 32 teams, and all teams must have 12 registered players.

“We aim to make this tournament an annual event in Kilkenny’s festival calendar,” said committee member James Blanchfield.

“We are delighted with the support from Guinness, Kukri Sports and Langtons.”

For more information, see www.marblecity7s.com.