Ireland national rugby union team (sevens)

Ireland national rugby union team (sevens)

Ireland
Union Irish Rugby Football Union
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 5 (First in 1993)
Best result 1993 Cup Semi-final
Ireland vs Ukraine, 2008

The Ireland national rugby union sevens team have previously competed in the IRB Sevens World Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens. Although there is no permanent team at present, there may well be in the future.[1]

1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament

Ireland competed at the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament, the first rugby sevens tournament for national teams. They defeated New Zealand (a feat never achieved by the 15-a-side squad) Australia and Scotland in the groups phase, and lost to England in the final match.

Squad:

  • 7 - V Becker (Lansdowne)
  • 6 - AW McMaster (Ballymena)
  • 5 - CMH Gibson (NIFC)
  • 4 - D.M. Canniffe (Cork Con)
  • 3 - JF Slattery (Blackrock College)
  • 2 - PC Whelan (Garryowen)
  • 1 - KMA Mays (University College, Dublin)
  • 8 - TAP Moore (Highfield)
  • 9 - JP Dennison (Garryowen)

Rugby World Cup Sevens

1993

Results

Group stage:

Cup Quarter-finals:

  •  Ireland 17–0  Samoa
  •  Ireland 14–12  Tonga
  •  Ireland 7–31  Fiji

Cup Semi-final:

Squad

[2]

1997

Results

First Group Stage:

Second Group Stage:

Bowl Quarter-final:

Bowl Semi-final:

  •  Ireland 22–24  Japan

Squad

[2]

2001

Results

Group Stage:

Bowl Quarter-final:

Bowl Semi-final:

Squad

[3]

2005

Results

Group Stage:

Plate Quarter-final:

  •  Ireland 14–19  Samoa

Squad

[3]

2009

Results

Group Stage:

Bowl Quarter-final:

Bowl Semi-final:

Bowl Final:

Squad

[4]

Other notable players

Shamrock Warriors RFC

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.[5][6]

IRFU looks for Sevens Players

In December 2014 the IRFU issued a notice to all Irish athletes to come forward to see what if they have what it takes to become a Elite Sevens rugby Player.The IRFU hope to see the best rugby club talent available as well as attracting athletes with transferable skills from other team sports such as athletics, basketball, hockey and Gaelic Games. The IRFU has entered a Sevens team in to The European Sevens Championship in Division C in June 2015. Four talent identification days will be held across Ireland in January 2015. [7]

References

  1. ^ "Ireland finally look to take Sevens seriously ahead of Rio 2016". More Than the Games. 
  2. ^ a b "Sevens". IrishRugby.ie. Irish Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "RWC Sevens: Ireland Match Schedule: Sevens Stats". IrishRugby.ie. Irish Rugby Football Union. 15 March 2005. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ireland Squad Announced For RWC Sevens". IrishRugby.ie. Irish Rugby Football Union. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Williams' Warriors must wait for Rio call". BreakingNews.ie (Landmark Digital). 29 March 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Hugh Farrelly (29 March 2011). "Warriors look to Rio". Independent.ie (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Unkown (02 December 2014). "IRFU Looks for Sevens Players". IrishRugby.ie (Irish Rugby). Retrieved 02 December 2014.