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Ireland national rugby sevens team

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Coach(es)  Anthony Eddy
Best result  1993 Cup Semi-final
Appearances  5 (First in 1993)
Captain  Tom Daly
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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.


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.


Group stage:

  •  Ireland 21–12  South Korea
  •  Ireland 17–9  France
  •  Ireland 38–0  United States
  •  Ireland 7–24  New Zealand
  •  Ireland 45–0  Netherlands
  • Cup Quarter-finals:

  •  Ireland 17–0  Samoa
  •  Ireland 14–12  Tonga
  •  Ireland 7–31  Fiji
  • Cup Semi-final:

  •  Ireland 19–21  Australia
  • 1997

    First Group Stage:

  •  Ireland 22–31  Argentina
  •  Ireland 5–38  South Africa
  • Second Group Stage:

  •  Ireland 7–34  South Africa
  •  Ireland 5–26  Hong Kong
  • Bowl Quarter-final:

  •  Ireland 33–5  Portugal
  • Bowl Semi-final:

  •  Ireland 22–24  Japan
  • 2001

    Group Stage:

  •  Ireland 5–41  Fiji
  •  Ireland 31–10  Kenya
  •  Ireland 19–19  South Korea
  •  Ireland 12–33  Argentina
  •  Ireland 5–28  Russia
  • Bowl Quarter-final:

  •  Ireland 24–19  Chinese Taipei
  • Bowl Semi-final:

  •  Ireland 12–33  Portugal
  • 2005

    Group Stage:

  •  Ireland 14–33  Scotland
  •  Ireland 5–52  New Zealand
  •  Ireland 19–31  United States
  •  Ireland 24–17  South Korea
  •  Ireland 24–7  Tonga
  • Plate Quarter-final:

  •  Ireland 14–19  Samoa
  • 2009

    Group Stage:

  •  Ireland 5–35  Samoa
  •  Ireland 24–21  Australia
  •  Ireland 5–17  Portugal
  • Bowl Quarter-final:

  •  Ireland 24–5 Arabian Gulf
  • Bowl Semi-final:

  •  Ireland 22–15  Hong Kong
  • Bowl Final:

  •  Ireland 14–17  Zimbabwe
  • 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 repechage

    Main: 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 repechage

    Main: 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.


    Current Squad

    Squad to 2016 Men's Rugby Sevens Final Olympic Qualification Tournament:

  • Adam Byrne
  • Tom Daly (c)
  • Barry Daly
  • Billy Dardis
  • Ian Fitzpatrick
  • Dan Goggin
  • Shane Layden
  • Mick McGrath
  • Harry McNulty
  • Josh Rowland
  • Steve Toal-Lennon
  • Alex Wootton
  • Other notable players

  • Darren Cave
  • James Coughlan
  • Gavin Duffy
  • Keith Earls
  • Chris Henry
  • Ian Keatley
  • References

    Ireland national rugby sevens team Wikipedia