Ireland
Irish rugby union textlogo.svg
UnionIrish Rugby Football Union
Coach(es)James Topping
Captain(s)Billy Dardis
Most capsTerry Kennedy (87)[note 1]
Top scorerJordan Conroy
Terry Kennedy (370)[note 2]
Most triesJordan Conroy
Terry Kennedy (74)[note 3]
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 New Zealand 18–22  Ireland
(7 April 1973)
Largest win
 Hungary 0–80  Ireland
(1 June 1996)
Largest defeat
 Fiji 56–0  Ireland
(23 November 2000)
World Cup Sevens
Appearances7 (First in 1993)
Best result3rd Place 1993 2022

The Ireland national rugby sevens team competes in several international rugby sevens competitions. The team is governed by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

Ireland competes as a "core team" on the World Rugby Sevens Series, a competition every year from December to June that includes ten tournaments staged around the globe. The 2019–20 season is Ireland's first season as a core team. At the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens Ireland won the World Series Qualifier tournament for the 2019–20 World Rugby Sevens Series, earning "core team" status for the first time. Ireland has previously competed in individual tournaments within World Rugby Sevens Series, although not as a core team. Ireland's best World Series tournament was the 2018 London Sevens, where they finished in third place, the first invitational side to reach the semi-finals of a World Rugby Sevens Series event.[1]

Ireland also competes in major quadrennial rugby sevens tournaments and their qualifying tournaments. Ireland has competed in most Rugby World Cup Sevens since the 1993 inaugural event, with their best results including finishing third in 1993 and ninth in 2018. The team also competes during qualifying for the Summer Olympics, but failed to qualify for the inaugural rugby sevens competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics. On 20 June 2021 Ireland qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[2][3]

Following the announcement in 2009 that rugby sevens would be an Olympic sport beginning in 2016,[4] the Irish Rugby Football Union created a men's rugby sevens program in 2014. In 2015 the IRFU announced its goal to field a national sevens team that would qualify for the Summer Olympics and the World Rugby Sevens Series.[5] Ireland has since begun offering professional contracts to its squad of sevens players.

Ireland also participates in the Rugby Europe Sevens Series.

History

Ireland competed at the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament, the first rugby sevens tournament for national teams. They defeated New Zealand, Australia and Scotland in the groups phase, before losing to England in the finals.[6]

Olympic era (2009–present)

Ireland has increased its emphasis in rugby sevens since the International Olympic Committee voted in 2009 to restore rugby to the events program 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.[7][8]

Although rugby was announced in 2009 as an Olympic sport, the IRFU was slow to recognize the opportunity. As of September 2013, the IRFU said it was unlikely to send a sevens team to the 2016 Summer Olympics.[9] The IRFU did not introduce a men's rugby sevens national team program until October 2014.[10] The IRFU announced in December 2014 the hiring of Anthony Eddy as the Director of Irish rugby sevens, both the men's and women's teams.[11] In December 2014 the IRFU issued a notice to all Irish athletes 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. The IRFU held four talent identification days across Ireland in January 2015.[12]

The IRFU announced in May 2015 its brand new 27-man squad for the 2015 season, selected out of a pool of more than 300 applicants, a squad that later became known as "The Originals".[13] The new team started at the bottom, beginning the 2015 season in Europe's Division C, with an eye towards gaining promotion to higher levels of competition. The highlight of Ireland's 2015 and 2016 seasons was the attempt to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. At the 2015 Europe Olympic Repechage Tournament, Ireland finished with 4–1–1 record, and despite a 10–24 semifinal loss to Russia, their third-place finish gained the last European slot for the 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. At the 2016 Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Ireland finished pool play with a 3–0 record including a 27–21 win over Samoa.[14] However, a quarterfinal loss to Spain (7–12) eliminated them from the 2016 Summer Olympics.[14]

Entering the 2017 season, with the Irish men's rugby sevens program in place for just over two years, the IRFU still had not handed out any full-time professional contracts to any sevens players.[15] For the 2017 summer season, Ireland played in the European Grand Prix Sevens, which included four tournaments during summer 2017. Ireland began the Grand Prix by winning the first tournament, the 2017 Moscow Sevens, defeating Spain 12–0 in the final.[16]

For the 2017–18 season, Ireland selected a core squad of 14 players that would prioritize Sevens play for the autumn 2017 tournaments, although they are not full-time Sevens players, and they retain their club status.[17] Ireland finished ninth at the 2017 Silicon Valley Sevens with a 3–2 record; their record against World Series core teams was a respectable 2–2, with two wins over Canada.[18]

As of December 2018 the IRFU was due to announce shortly their first-ever professional contracts for sevens players.[19] In May 2019, despite the squad qualifying for the World Rugby Sevens Series, the IRFU announced that players would remain on an €18,000 basic annual salary with bonuses of €500 for participating in each of the 10 World Series tournaments — the equivalent of a development contract.[20]

In March 2022, Anthony Eddy stepped down both as IRFU director of women's rugby and 7's rugby.[21] Ireland secured their best ever overall finish in the World Rugby Sevens Series with a 5th place finish in the 2021–22 series.[22]

Current squad

The following players comprise Ireland's squad for the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.[23]

Squad for 2022 RWC
Player Position Age Club
Jordan Conroy Wing 28 Buccaneers RFC
Sean Cribbin Half-back 24 Suttonians RFC
Billy Dardis (Capt) Scrum-half 27 Terenure College RFC
Jack Kelly Forward 24 Dublin University FC
Terry Kennedy Centre 26 St. Mary’s College RFC
Hugo Lennox Half-back 23 Skerries RFC
Matt McDonald Forward 24 IQ Rugby
Harry McNulty Forward 29 University College Dublin R.F.C.
Bryan Mollen Centre 26 Blackrock College RFC
Chay Mullins Wing 20 IQ Rugby
Mark Roche Scrum-half 29 Lansdowne FC
Andrew Smith Forward 22 Clontarf FC

Season statistics

The following table shows the leading Irish players during the 2021–22 Sevens Series season, ranked by tackles.

Leading players (2021–22 WS season)[24]
Player Position Matches Tackles Points Tries
Mark Roche Scrum-half 38 54 89 5
Andrew Smith Forward 30 45 35 7
Jack Kelly Forward 37 41 35 7
Terry Kennedy Centre 41 40 195 39
Sean Cribbin Half-back 23 39 17 3
Jordan Conroy Wing 24 34 105 21
Hugo Lennox Fly-half 21 33 32 2
Harry McNulty Forward 18 28 0 0
Billy Dardis Scrum-half 28 18 61 1

World Rugby Sevens Series

Main article: World Rugby Sevens Series

Ireland had a sparse participation in the World Rugby Sevens Series until 2019. Between 1999 and 2019 Ireland appeared only sporadically, and not as one of the core teams that participated in every tournament. Ireland played in very few tournaments on the World Series, such as the occasional trip to the Hong Kong Sevens. Ireland has had some limited success in the World Series tournaments in which it has played.

Ireland competed in two of the ten tournaments of the inaugural 1999–2000 World Sevens Series: at the 2000 Hong Kong Sevens, Ireland finished 17th to win the Bowl with a 4–2 record;[25] at the 2000 Paris Sevens, Ireland finished tied for 11th with a 3–2 record. The following season, in the 2000–01 World Sevens Series, Ireland played in the 2000 Dubai Sevens where they finished 9th, winning the Bowl with a 4–2 record, including a 19–17 semifinal win over Wales.[26]

Ireland has, however, since assembling a permanent sevens program in 2014, publicly stated in 2014 and again in 2015 that its goal is to qualify as one of the 15 core teams in the World Series.[27] At the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens qualifying tournament for the 2018–19 World Series, Ireland posted a 3–0 record in pool play, winning all three matches by comfortable 20+ point margins, to advance to the knockout rounds. Ireland defeated Zimbabwe 38–5 in the quarterfinals, but lost to Japan 7–12 in the semifinal and failed to qualify for the 2018-19 World Series.[28]

Ireland competed as an invitational team at the 2018 London Sevens and the 2018 Paris Sevens. At the 2018 London Sevens Ireland defeated the favoured United States and England teams en route to finishing third overall.[29] At the penultimate World Rugby Sevens Series event in London in 2018, the Irish team "stole the show", finishing in third place in their first World Series tournament since 2004, Ireland thus becoming the first invitational side to reach the semi-finals and then the podium of a World Rugby Sevens Series event.[1] Invited to the following event in Paris, Ireland finished seventh, their second top half finish as an invitational side, and the first invitational side to do so.

The following year, Ireland again played in the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens qualifier. Ireland won the tournament, defeating Hong Kong 28–7 in the final, with Jordan Conroy’s 10 tries across six matches earning him Player of the Tournament.[30] Ireland again appeared at the 2019 London Sevens and 2019 Paris Sevens, reaching the quarterfinals of the London Sevens.

Ireland joined the World Rugby Sevens Series as a "core status" team for the first time for the 2019–20 season. In their first tournament, the 2019 Dubai Sevens, Jordan Conroy led all scores with seven tries and was named to the tournament Dream Team. The ten-tournament season was cut to six tournaments due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Ireland reached the quarter-final round in three of the six tournaments during the season, finishing in 10th place. Wing Jordan Conroy led all try scorers in the competition with 30 tries, with centre Terry Kennedy finishing fifth with 17 tries. In May 2022, Ireland achieved their highest ever position at a World Series event, reaching the final of the Toulouse Sevens before falling 17–29 to Fiji.[31]

Season by season

Ireland at the World Series
Season Rank Points Events Best event GP W D L Win % PF PA Diff Tries Most tries Most points
1999–00 0 2 / 10 11th (Paris) 11 6 0 5 55% 242 205 +37 38 James Topping (10) James Topping (52)
2000–01 17th 2 1 / 9 9th (Dubai) 6 4 0 2 67% 132 154 –22 21 Matt Mostyn (6) Gavin Duffy (37)
2001–02 0 2 / 11 10th (Cardiff) 11 3 0 8 27% 176 231 –55 28 James Ferris (6) Paddy Wallace (49)
2002/032003/04 Did not compete
2004–05 0 2 / 7 14th (Dubai) 11 2 1 8 18% 192 267 –75 32 Tomás O'Leary (7) Ian Humphreys (52)
2005/062016/17 Did not compete
2017–18 15th 27 2 / 10 3rd (London) 11 5 1 5 45% 186 228 –42 30 Jordan Conroy (11) Jordan Conroy (55)
2018–19 16th 19 2 / 10 6th (London) 12 6 0 6 50% 241 278 –37 39 Mick McGrath (6) Billy Dardis (47)
2019–20 10th 49 6 / 6 6th (twice) 28 11 2 15 39% 558 610 –52 86 Jordan Conroy (30) Jordan Conroy (150)
2021 6th 20 2 / 2 4th (Vancouver) 12 5 2 5 42% 200 173 +27 32 Conor Phillips (6) Conor Phillips (30)
2021–22* 5th 92 9 / 9 2nd (Toulouse) 52 25 0 27 48% 951 857 +94 153 Terry Kennedy (50) Terry Kennedy (250)
Total 209 28 2nd 154 67 6 81 44% 2878 3003 –125 459 J. Conroy / T. Kennedy (74) J. Conroy / T. Kennedy (370)
 *To take account of the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a unique ranking points system was applied to the 2022 Series which sees only the best seven out of the nine tournament results count towards the Series ranking for each team.

Updated as of 28 August 2022[32]
Results listed above do not include matches played as part of the Hong Kong World Series qualifier competition.

Ireland at the Hong Kong Sevens WS qualifier
Season Position GP W D L Win % Pts scored Tries Most tries Most points Qualified
2018 3rd 5 4 0 1 80% 148 24 Terry Kennedy (5) Mark Roche (28) No
2019 1st 6 5 1 0 83% 179 27 Jordan Conroy (10) Jordan Conroy (50) Yes
Total 11 9 1 1 82% 327 51 Terry Kennedy (11) Terry Kennedy (55)

Summer Olympics

Olympic Games record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L PF PA Diff Most tries Most Points
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Japan 2020 9–12th place playoff 10th 5 2 0 3 74 81 –7 G. Mullin (3) G. Mullin (15)
Total 0 Titles 1/2 5 2 0 3 74 81 –7 G. Mullin (3) G. Mullin (15)
Olympics qualifying
Olympics Qualifying
competition(s)
Pos GP W D L PF PA Diff Most tries Qualification
2016 Portugal 2015 European[33] 3rd 6 4 1 1 115 84 +31 A. Wootton / H. McNulty / A. Byrne / I. Fitzpatrick (3) Qualified for 2016 playoff
Monaco 2016 intercontinental[34][35] 7th 5 3 0 2 108 81 +27 M. McGrath / T. Daly (3) Did not qualify for 2016 Olympics
2020 France 2019 European 3rd 6 4 1 1 169 62 +107 J. Conroy (9) Qualified for 2020 playoff
Monaco 2020 intercontinental 1st 6 6 0 0 182 41 +141 J. Conroy (11) Qualified for 2020 Olympics
Total 23 17 2 4 574 268 +306

2016 Olympics qualifying

See also: 2015 Rugby Europe Men's Sevens Championships and Rugby sevens at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Ireland began Olympic qualifying by playing in Division C within Europe. In the 6–7 June 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 20–21 June, 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.[36]

In the 18–19 July 2015 Rugby Europe sevens repechage in Lisbon, Ireland topped their group with wins over Italy and Georgia and a draw against Russia.[37] 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.[38]

The Irish team drew Samoa, Tonga and Zimbabwe in the final Olympic repechage tournament in Monaco.[39] 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.[10]

2020 Olympics

Ireland finished third at the 2019 Rugby Europe qualifying tournament. With this result, they did not automatically qualify for the 2020 Olympics, but gained a spot in the final inter-continental playoff tournament. They then won the playoff tournament to secure the last qualifying spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics.[2][3]

Ireland opened their 2020 Olympic campaign with losses to both South Africa and the United States.[40] Despite a five point victory over Kenya and a third place finish in their pool, Ireland failed to achieve a quarterfinal spot due to an unfavourable points difference.[40] They subsequently defeated South Korea 31–0, before losing to Kenya, to finish in 10th place.[40]

Previous Olympic Squads

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Main article: Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens
Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA Diff Most tries Most points
Scotland 1993 Semifinalist 3rd 9 6 0 3 185 109 +76 Richard Wallace (7) Eric Elwood (60)
Hong Kong 1997 Bowl Semifinalist 19th 6 1 0 5 94 158 –64 David Humphreys (5) David Humphreys (31)
Argentina 2001 Bowl Semifinalist 19th 7 2 1 4 108 176 –68 James Topping (4) Topping / Ferris (20)
Hong Kong 2005 Plate Quarterfinalist 13th 6 2 0 4 100 159 –59 Maxwell / Humphreys (6) Ian Humphreys (44)
United Arab Emirates 2009 Bowl Finalist 18th 6 3 0 3 94 110 –16 Tonetti / Carney (3) Tom Gleeson (19)
Russia 2013 Did Not Enter
United States 2018 Challenge Winner 9th 5 4 0 1 99 97 +2 Dardis / Conroy (4) Billy Dardis (32)
South Africa 2022 Semifinalist 3rd 5 4 0 1 94 62 +32 McNulty / Conroy (3) Mark Roche (18)
Total 0 Titles 7/8 44 22 1 21 774 871 –97 Richard Wallace (10) Eric Elwood (60)
Rugby World Cup Sevens Qualifying
RWC Competition Position Pld W D L PF PA Diff Qualification
1997 Portugal 1996 Qualifiers Cup Semifinalist 6 4 1 1 273 53 +220 Qualified
2001 Germany 2000 Qualifiers 3rd 8 7 0 1 245 74 +171 Qualified
2022 Romania 2022 Qualifiers 4 4 0 0 140 17 +123 Qualified
Total 18 15 1 2 658 144 +514

Ireland has played in six out of the seven Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments. Ireland's best finish was the inaugural 1993 tournament. In that tournament, they went 4–1 in pool play, including an upset win over France, to qualify to the quarterfinal round. In the quarterfinal round of pool play they went 2–1 with wins over Samoa and Tonga to reach the semifinals. Ireland faced Australia in the semifinal and was leading but an Australia try and conversion at the end resulted in a 19–21 loss.[42]

Since the inaugural tournament, however, Ireland's performances have been comparatively unremarkable, as they have yet to secure another quarterfinal place. At the 1997 tournament, Ireland finished 19th, posting a 1–5 record which included losses to minnows Hong Kong and Japan, with its only win a 33–5 victory over Portugal in the Bowl quarterfinal.[43][44] In 2001, Ireland finished fifth in its group of six, unable to notch wins against Russia or Korea, relegating it to the Bowl competition; they defeated Chinese Taipei in the Bowl quarterfinal but lost 12–33 to Portugal in the Bowl semifinal.[45][46]

In 2005, Ireland fared slightly better, with its 2–3 record in group play qualifying it for the Plate competition, where they lost to Samoa 14–19 in the Plate quarterfinal.[47] In 2009, Ireland was up-and-down in pool play, notching a surprise win against Australia, but a disappointing loss against Portugal.[48] Ireland was one of three teams in a four-team group to finish with a 1–2 record in pool play, but Ireland was ranked last in the group on points difference and was relegated to the Bowl competition.[49] There they posted a 2–1 record in knockout play, eventually losing to Zimbabwe in the Bowl final 17–14.[50][51] Ireland did not qualify for the 2013 World Cup, failing to send a team to the 2012 Sevens Grand Prix qualifying tournaments.

Ireland had a better tournament in 2018, defeating core teams Kenya, Wales, and Australia en route to a ninth-place finish, their best finish since the inaugural 1993 tournament.[52]

Ireland qualified for 2022 tournament, by going undefeated in their four matches at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens European Qualifier in July 2022.[53] At the tournament Ireland won four of their five matches including a 24–14 quarterfinal victory over hosts South Africa, on their way to a bronze medal finish.[54][55]

Previous World Cup squads

Rugby Europe Sevens

Main article: Rugby Europe Sevens

Rugby Europe Sevens Record
Season Competition Position GP W D L PF PA Diff Promotion / Qualification
2002–03 Did not compete
2004 Poland Championship Qualifying 1st 6 6 0 2 184 34 +150
Croatia Championship Qualifying 2nd 6 5 0 1 167 52 +115 Qualified for 2004 European Sevens Championship[56]
Spain Championship 3rd 6 4 0 2 129 81 +47 Qualified for 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens
2005–07 Did not compete
2008 Denmark Championship Qualifying 2nd 6 5 0 1 242 39 +203
Poland Championship Qualifying 1st 6 6 0 0 200 0 +200 Qualified for 2008 European Sevens Championship[57]
Germany Championship 4th 7 4 0 3 124 92 +32 Qualified for 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens
2009–14 Did not compete
2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina Division C 1st 6 6 0 0 291 20 +271 Promoted to the 2015 Division B competition
Croatia Division B 1st 6 6 0 0 384 0 +384 Qualified for 2015 Rugby Europe repechage;
Promoted to 2016 Division A (Trophy) competition
2016 Sweden Czech Republic Trophy 1st 12 12 0 0 497 46 +451 Promoted to 2017 Grand Prix series
2017 France Russia England Poland Grand Prix 2nd 24 21 0 3 572 225 +347 Advanced to 2018 Hong Kong Sevens qualifier for World Series;
Qualified for 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens
2018 France Russia England Poland Grand Prix 1st 24 23 0 1 780 138 +642 Advanced to 2019 Hong Kong Sevens qualifier for World Series
2019 Russia Poland Grand Prix 3rd 12 8 0 4 276 186 +90
2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19
2021 Did not compete
2022 Croatia Hungary Trophy 1st 12 12 0 0 533 35 +366 Promoted to 2023 Championship Series[58]
Total 109 96 0 13 3586 823 +2763

Updated 19 June 2022[59]

2002−2014

Ireland defeated Ukraine 26–7 at the group stages of the 2008 European Championship
Ireland defeated Ukraine 26–7 at the group stages of the 2008 European Championship

Although Rugby Europe has held a rugby sevens championship every year since 2002, Ireland rarely participated from 2002 to 2014. Ireland participated only twice during those 13 years − in 2004 and 2008, both of which served as European regional qualifying tournaments for the following year's Rugby World Cup Sevens. Ireland finished third in the 2004 competition to qualify for the 2005 World Cup. Ireland finished fourth in the 2008 competition to qualify for the 2009 World Cup.

2015−present

The 2015 European competitions also doubled as qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Ireland played in the Division C tournament on 6–7 June and won the tournament with a 6–0 record, its closest match being the 38–10 quarterfinal win over Austria, qualifying for Division B. Ireland then played the Division B tournament on 20–21 June, and won Division B with a 6–0 record, its closest match being a 54–0 pool-play win over Slovenia, qualifying for the final repechage tournament.

Ireland played in the 2015 repechage on 18–19 July where they faced a tougher level of competition. Ireland went 2-1-0 in the repechage pool play to win its group and reach the knockout rounds. Ireland lost to Russia in the semifinals, 10–24, but defeated Georgia 15–7 to take third place and secure the last qualifying spot for the final cross-continental Olympic qualifying tournament. They lost in these quarterfinals to Spain and did not make the 2016 Summer Olympics medal round.

The 2016 Trophy competition consisted of two tournaments – Malmo and Prague. Ireland went 6–0 to win the 2016 Malmo tournament, with the closest match being the 26–12 semifinal win over Ukraine. Ireland next won the 2016 Prague tournament, again with a perfect 6–0 record, with the closest match being the 24–0 semifinal win over Romania. Ireland finished first in the 2016 Trophy competition and won promotion to the 2017 Grand Prix series.

The 2017 Grand Prix series consisted of four tournaments. Ireland began the Grand Prix by winning the 2017 Moscow Sevens with a 5–1 record, defeating Russia 28–21 in the semifinals and Spain 12–0 in the finals.[60] Next, Ireland finished third in the 2017 Lodz Sevens with a 5–1 record, losing to Russia 19–26 in the semifinals. Ireland next won the 2017 Clermont-Ferrand Sevens with a 6–0 record, defeating Russia 17–14 in the final.[61] In the fourth and final tournament, the 2017 Exeter Sevens, Ireland finished with a 5–1 record, losing to Wales 12–15 in the semifinals. Ireland finished the 2017 Sevens Grand Prix Series in second place two points behind Russia, thereby qualifying for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens, and advancing to the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens qualifying tournament for the 2018-19 World Series.

In the 2018 Europe Grand Prix Series, Ireland started strong, winning the 2018 Moscow Sevens with a 6–0 record, winning all six matches by a margin of more than 20 points.

Having not participated in Rugby Europe Sevens since 2019, Ireland returned to the Trophy Series by winning the opening leg of the Series in Zagreb, defeating England in the final.[62] The following week they claimed the 2022 Rugby Europe Sevens Trophy and sealed their promotion back to the Rugby Europe Championship by winning all six matches of the Budapest leg, defeating England in the final 35–14.[58]

Other international tournaments

Ireland defeated Chile at the 2017 Oktoberfest 7s tournament.
Ireland defeated Chile at the 2017 Oktoberfest 7s tournament.
Ireland at International Tournaments
Tournament Position GP W D L Win % PF PA Diff
Scotland 1973 International Seven-a-side Tournament 2nd 5 4 0 1 80% 80 56 +24
Hong Kong 1993 Hong Kong Sevens Cup Quarterfinals 3 2 0 1 66.67% 43 22 +21
Hong Kong 1994 Hong Kong Sevens Plate Quarterfinals 3 1 0 2 33.33% 59 36 +23
Hong Kong 1995 Hong Kong Sevens Plate Quarterfinals 3 0 1 2 0% 45 57 –12
1995 Melun Sevens 4 1 0 3 25% 85 117 –32
Hong Kong 1996 Hong Kong Sevens Cup Quarterfinals 4 2 1 1 50% 78 83 –5
Hong Kong 1999 Hong Kong Sevens Plate Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 50% 59 87 –28
France 1999 Paris Sevens Bowl Quarterfinals 4 0 0 4 0% 43 117 –74
Spain 2015 Elche Invitational 3rd 5 2 0 3 40% 101 107 –6
Germany 2017 Oktoberfest Sevens 7th 6 2 0 4 33.33% 52 95 –43
Spain 2017 Elche Invitational 2nd 6 4 0 2 66.67% 145 50 +95
United States 2017 Silicon Valley Sevens 9th 5 3 0 2 66.67% 81 53 +28
Uruguay Chile 2018 Sudamérica Rugby Sevens 5th 12 8 1 3 66.67% 249 126 +123
Spain 2019 Elche Invitational 2nd 6 5 0 1 83.33% 147 70 +77
England 2019 Rugby X Tournament Runner-up 4 3 0 1 75% 95 65 +30
England 2021 International Rugby 7s 1st[63] 6 4 0 2 66.67% 107 62 +45
Total 80 43 3 34 53.75% 1469 1203 +266

The results listed above are inclusive of tournaments played outside of the World Rugby Sevens Series, Olympics, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Rugby Europe Sevens tournaments.[6][64][59]

Ireland Wolfhounds

An Irish Wolfhounds side, often composed of both Irish and English rugby internationals, competed at many of the Hong Kong Sevens events between 1984 and 1992.[65][66][67] This team was not an official representative side.[66] Nonetheless, they achieved moderate success reaching several Cup quarterfinals.[68] The Wolfhounds also won the 1991 Melrose Sevens, an annual sevens competition contested by club sides.[69] In 2015 the Wolfhounds returned as an 'A' side to help strengthen the national sevens player pool.[70] The side competed in the GB7s tour against club competition.[71][72][73]

Ireland Wolfhounds at International Tournaments
Tournament Position GP W D L Win % PF PA Diff
Hong Kong 1984 Hong Kong Sevens Cup Semifinals 2 1 0 1 50% 30 16 +14
Hong Kong 1985 Hong Kong Sevens Cup Quarterfinals 3 2 0 1 66.67% 60 44 +16
Hong Kong 1988 Hong Kong Sevens Cup Quarterfinals 3 2 0 1 66.67% 42 52 –10
Hong Kong 1989 Hong Kong Sevens Cup Quarterfinals 3 2 0 1 66.67% 62 28 +34
Italy1991 Sicily Sevens 1 1 0 0 100% 22 4 +18
Hong Kong 1992 Hong Kong Sevens Plate Semifinals 4 2 0 2 50% 62 44 +18
Portugal 1993 Lisbon Sevens 1 0 0 1 0% 10 19 –9
France 1994 Besagne Sevens 1 0 1 0 0% 12 12 0
Total 18 10 1 7 55.56% 300 219 +81

Updated as of 4 March 2021.[68]

Overall Record

Tournament GP W D L Win % PF PA Diff
World Rugby Sevens Series 154 67 6 81 44% 2878 3003 –125
World Series Qualifier 11 9 1 1 81.82% 327 72 +255
Olympics 5 2 0 3 40% 74 81 –7
Olympic Qualifiers 23 17 2 4 73.91% 574 268 +306
Rugby World Cup Sevens 44 22 1 21 50% 774 871 –97
World Cup Qualifiers 18 15 1 2 83.33% 658 144 +514
Rugby Europe Sevens 109 96 0 13 88.07% 3586 823 +2763
Other International Tournaments 80 43 3 34 53.75% 1469 1203 +266
Total 444 271 14 159 61.04% 10,340 6465 +3875

The above records are up to date as of 11 September 2022.
These records do not include matches played as the Ireland Wolfhounds.

Head to Head

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win % For Aga Diff
Arabian Gulf 2 2 0 0 100% 65 22 +43
 Argentina 18 4 0 14 22.22% 263 409 –146
Argentina Argentina VII 3 2 0 1 66.67% 33 60 –27
 Australia 15 8 0 7 53.33% 269 327 –58
 Austria 5 5 0 0 100% 247 22 +225
 Belarus 1 1 0 0 100% 60 0 +60
 Belgium 5 5 0 0 100% 181 17 +164
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 100% 107 0 +107
 Brazil 2 0 1 1 0% 26 31 –5
 Bulgaria 2 2 0 0 100% 102 0 +102
 Canada 12 4 0 8 33.33% 203 232 –29
Canada Canada Maple Leafs 1 1 0 0 100% 33 5 +28
 Chile 1 1 0 0 100% 17 12 +5
 China 1 1 0 0 100% 31 7 +24
 Colombia 1 1 0 0 100% 33 7 +26
 Cook Islands 1 1 0 0 100% 41 5 +36
 Croatia 3 3 0 0 100% 145 0 +145
 Cyprus 3 3 0 0 100% 129 12 +117
 Czech Republic 2 2 0 0 100% 82 19 +63
 Denmark 5 5 0 0 100% 201 12 +189
 England 16 12 0 4 75% 366 229 +137
 Fiji 12 1 0 11 8.33% 115 429 –314
 France 20 10 0 10 50% 365 309 +56
France Emerging France 1 0 0 1 0% 12 15 –3
 Georgia 9 6 0 3 66.67% 134 133 +1
 Germany 17 15 0 2 88.24% 465 156 +309
 Great Britain 9 1 2 6 11.11% 123 155 –32
 Hong Kong 7 5 0 2 71.43% 126 95 +31
 Hungary 3 3 0 0 100% 172 0 +172
 Israel 4 4 0 0 100% 143 26 +117
 Italy 11 8 0 3 72.73% 273 135 +138
 Jamaica 5 5 0 0 100% 162 7 +155
 Japan 7 5 0 2 71.43% 197 76 +121
 Kenya 12 7 1 4 58.33% 217 203 +14
 Latvia 3 3 0 0 100% 112 10 +102
 Lithuania 2 2 0 0 100% 45 0 +45
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 100% 31 12 +19
 Malta 1 1 0 0 100% 76 0 +76
 Mexico 1 1 0 0 100% 31 0 +31
 Monaco 2 2 0 0 100% 99 5 +94
 Montenegro 1 1 0 0 100% 59 5 +54
 Morocco 2 2 0 0 100% 51 38 +13
 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 100% 77 0 +77
 New Zealand 11 1 0 10 9.09% 143 331 –188
 Norway 1 1 0 0 100% 73 0 +73
 Paraguay 1 1 0 0 100% 43 0 +43
 Poland 9 9 0 0 100% 335 27 +308
Poland Poland B 1 1 0 0 100% 33 0 +33
 Portugal 19 15 1 3 78.95% 464 218 +246
 Romania 5 5 0 0 100% 181 26 +155
 Russia 13 8 1 4 61.54% 331 194 +137
 Samoa 8 4 0 4 50% 131 147 –16
 Scotland 9 6 0 3 66.67% 205 160 +45
 Serbia 1 1 0 0 100% 74 0 +74
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro 1 1 0 0 100% 28 10 +18
 Slovenia 2 2 0 0 100% 113 0 +113
 South Africa 14 2 1 11 14.29% 157 359 –202
South Africa South Africa Academy 2 1 0 1 50% 24 36 –12
 South Korea 4 3 1 0 75% 95 48 +47
 Spain 16 11 1 4 68.75% 346 187 +159
 Sweden 6 6 0 0 100% 258 15 +243
  Switzerland 2 2 0 0 100% 73 14 +59
 Chinese Taipei 2 2 0 0 100% 36 24 +12
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 100% 56 0 +56
 Tonga 4 4 0 0 100% 112 31 +81
 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 0% 5 17 –12
 Turkey 2 2 0 0 100% 84 5 +79
 Ukraine 4 4 0 0 100% 143 24 +119
 United States 12 7 0 5 58.33% 260 179 +81
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 66.67% 74 31 +43
 Wales 14 9 1 4 64.29% 330 207 +123
 Zimbabwe 4 3 0 1 75% 107 44 +63
Total 405 264 11 130 65.19% 10033 5583 +4450

Results are inclusive of all international competitions.
Updated as of 11 September 2022[63][74]

Honours

1973 International Seven-a-side Tournament

  • Runner-up: 1973

Rugby World Cup Sevens

France Sevens

London Sevens

World Series qualifier

Rugby Europe Sevens

Rugby Europe Sevens Trophy

Rugby Europe Sevens Division B

Rugby Europe Sevens Division C

Elche Invitational

  • Runner-up: 2017, 2019
  • Third-place: 2015

International Rugby 7s

  • Winners: 2021

Notable players

British & Irish Lions British and Irish Lions
 Ireland internationals
Ireland IRFU referees

Source:[75][76][77]

Player records

World Series

The tables above show players career statistics from the World Rugby Sevens Series main tournament up to 28 August 2022.[81]

The Irish record holders in the World Series for the era preceding the Olympics and professional era of rugby sevens are:

World Cup

The tables above show players career statistics from the Rugby World Rugby Cup Sevens up to 11 September 2022.

Head coaches

Coach Tenure Best Series Best Series
Tournament
Olympics World Cup
Wales Ray Southam[43] 1997 Not Held Not held Not held 1997: 19th
Ireland Denis McBride[86][87] 1999–2002 17th (2000–01) 9th (2000 London) Not held 2001: 19th
Australia Ryan Constable[88] 2004–2005 – (2004–05) 14th (2004 Dubai) Not held 2005: 13th
Ireland Jon Skurr[89] 2008–2009 Did not appear Did not appear Not held 2009: 18th
Australia Anthony Eddy[21] 2015–2022 6th (2021) 3rd (2018 London) 2016: DNQ
2020: 10th
2018: 9th
Ireland James Topping 2022– 5th (2021–22) 2nd (2022 France) 2022: 3rd

Notes

  1. ^ Caps are only inclusive of those earned on the World Rugby Sevens Series main event
  2. ^ Points are only inclusive of those scored on the Sevens Series main event
  3. ^ Tries are only inclusive of those scored on the Sevens Series main event

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