03 August 2020

Ireland rugby sevens player Hannah Tyrrell retires from the sport to focus on 15s

Ireland sevens star Hannah Tyrrell has announced she is retiring from the sport after six years to focus on her 15s game.

In her post to social media, she has said she’s concentrating on claiming a spot in the Ireland rugby union team.

She wrote: "The time has come and I’ve made the tough decision to retire from Rugby 7s. The past 6 years have been an amazing experience, playing all over the world in the @worldrugby7s series with my amazing teammates and representing @irishrugby in a 7s World Cup. 

"My aim now is to focus on 15s rugby with my club  @oldbelvowomen and push for an Irish jersey in the 15s set up. 7s has taught me so much and I am extremely grateful to every teammate I’ve ever played with, and all my coaches and staff that have helped me over the years.

“I have made some great memories and even better friends through 7s. I look forward to the future and all the good things that are still to come.”

The World Sevens Series was cancelled in June due to the coronavirus pandemic. In her last season with Ireland, Tyrrell helped them to a tenth place finish while New Zealand claimed the title.

Tyrrell will be targeting a spot on Ireland’s squad for the next big competition in 15s rugby, the Rugby World Cup next summer being hosted in New Zealand.

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