Ireland national rugby sevens team

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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Ireland women's national rugby sevens team.
Union Irish Rugby Football Union
Coach(es) Anthony Eddy
Captain(s) Tom Daly
Change kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 5 (First in 1993)
Best result 1993 Cup Semi-final
Ireland vs Ukraine, 2008

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.[1] 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.[2] 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)[edit]

Ireland has increased its emphasis in rugby sevens since the International Olympic Committee voted in 2009 to restore rugby to the Olympics beginning in 2016. 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.[3][4]

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.[5]

The IRFU entered a Sevens team in to the European Sevens Championship in Division C in June 2015.

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympics Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Total 0 Titles 0/1 - - - -

Olympic qualifying:

Olympics Qualifying
2016 Finished third Europe qualifying to move to the intercontinental repechage;
Finished seventh in the intercontinental repechage and failed to qualify.

2016 Olympics qualifying[edit]

Ireland began Olympic qualifying by playing in Division C within Europe. In the June 6–7 2015 Division C tournament, Ireland went 6-0 in the 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 6-0 to win Division B, again winning all six matches by a comfortable margin. This win qualified them for the European repechage tournament.

In the July 18-19 2015 Rugby Europe sevens repechage in Lisbon, Ireland topped their group with wins over Italy and Georgia and a draw against Russia. In the knockout competition, Ireland defeated Lithuania 17–0 in the quarterfinals. Ireland then lost in the semifinals to Russia 10–24, but in the third-place match defeated Georgia 15–7 to finish third overall, and secure the third and final European qualifying place for the Final 2016 Men's Olympic Qualification Tournament.

The Irish team drew Samoa, Tonga and Zimbabwe in the final Olympic repechage tournament in Monaco.[6] Ireland finished first in their group with three wins, including a close 27–21 over World Series team Samoa. Ireland lost in the quarterfinals to Spain 7–12, and did not qualify for the Olympics.

18 June 2016
 Zimbabwe 12 – 24  Ireland

18 June 2016
 Samoa 21 – 27  Ireland

18 June 2016
 Tonga 12 – 31  Ireland

19 June 2016 (QF)
 Spain 12 – 7  Ireland

Rugby World Cup Sevens[edit]

Tournament W–L record Round
1993 6–3 Semifinals
1997 1–5 Bowl semifinals
2001 2–4 Bowl semifinals
2005 2–4 Plate quarterfinals
2009 3–3 Bowl finals
2013 Did not qualify


Group stage:

Cup Quarter-finals:

Cup Semi-final:


First Group Stage:

Second Group Stage:

Bowl Quarter-final:

Bowl Semi-final:


Group Stage:

Bowl Quarter-final:

Bowl Semi-final:


Group Stage:

Plate Quarter-final:


Group Stage:

Bowl Quarter-final:

Bowl Semi-final:

Bowl Final:

Current Squad[edit]

Squad to 2016 Men's Rugby Sevens Final Olympic Qualification Tournament:[7]

Other notable players[edit]

Previous squads[edit]








See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ireland finally look to take Sevens seriously ahead of Rio 2016". More Than the Games. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ireland Men's Sevens Squad And Structures Announced", 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Williams' Warriors must wait for Rio call". Landmark Digital. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Hugh Farrelly (29 March 2011). "Warriors look to Rio". Independent News & Media. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "IRFU Looks for Sevens Players". Irish Rugby. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Pools announced for Olympic Games rugby sevens repechage events
  7. ^ "Ireland Men's Sevens Squad Finalised For Olympic Repechage". 15 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Sevens". Irish Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "RWC Sevens: Ireland Match Schedule: Sevens Stats". Irish Rugby Football Union. 15 March 2005. Archived from the original on 17 November 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ireland Squad Announced For RWC Sevens". Irish Rugby Football Union. 23 February 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Ireland Men's Sevens Squad And Structures Announced". Irish Rugby Football Union. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.