|Coach(es) Anthony Eddy|
Best result 1993 Cup Semi-final
|Appearances 5 (First in 1993)|
Captain Tom Daly
|Union Irish Rugby Football Union|
The Ireland national rugby sevens team has previously competed in the IRB Sevens World Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens. The team also competes during European qualifying phases for the Summer Olympics.
- Olympic era 2009present
- Divisions C and B Qualifying
- European repechage
- Olympic repechage
- Current Squad
- Other notable players
Although there is no permanent team at present, there may well be in the future. The IRFU announced in 2015 its goal to field a national sevens team that has a chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics and joins the Sevens World Series by 2017. Ireland finished first in the 2016 Trophy division of the Rugby Europe Sevens Championship, qualifying them to compete in the 2017 Grand Prix division of Rugby Europe.
Ireland competed at the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament, the first rugby sevens tournament for national teams. They defeated New Zealand m Australia and Scotland in the groups phase, and lost to England in the final match.
Olympic era (2009–present)
In March 2011, the IRFU announced its support for Shamrock Warriors RFC. The club's aim is to develop a pool of experienced Sevens players for the IRFU to be in position to select to develop into a future international Sevens squad to compete in tournaments by giving them experience playing in the top level competition should the IRFU become involved in professional international sevens or in the Olympic Sevens.
In December 2014 the IRFU issued a notice to all Irish athletes to to see what if could become an Elite Sevens rugby Player. The IRFU hoped to see the best rugby club talent available as well as attracting athletes with transferable skills from other team sports such as athletics, basketball, and Gaelic Games. Four talent identification days were held across Ireland in January 2015.
The IRFU entered a Sevens team in to the European Sevens Championship in Division C in June 2015.
First Group Stage:
Second Group Stage:
Divisions C and B Qualifying
In the June 6–7 2015 Division C tournament, Ireland finished group play with a 3–0 record, and then went 3–0 in knockout competition to win Division C, winning all six matches by a comfortable margin. This win qualified them to participate in Division B.
In the June 20–21, 2015 Division B tournament, Ireland again went 3–0 in group play, and again 3–0 in the knockout rounds to win Division B, again winning all six matches by a comfortable margin. This win qualified them for the European repechage tournament.
European repechageMain: 2015 Rugby Europe sevens repechage
Ireland placed third in the 2015 European repechage, earning the last European spot for the Final 2016 Men's Olympic Qualification Tournament.
Olympic repechageMain: 2016 Men's Rugby Sevens Final Olympic Qualification Tournament
The Irish team drew Samoa, Tonga and Zimbabwe in the final Olympic repechage tournament held in Monaco. Ireland did not qualify for the Olympics.
Squad to 2016 Men's Rugby Sevens Final Olympic Qualification Tournament: