Team Ireland Announce Olympic Sevens Squad

Team Ireland Sevens Tokyo 2020
6 July 2021; Team Ireland has officially selected the Men’s Rugby Sevens Team who will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Following their exciting dominance in the final Olympic Repechage in Monaco, the Irish team have made history in becoming the first Rugby team that will compete for Ireland at the Olympic Games. Pictured are Team Ireland rugby 7's squad and management, back row, from left, physio Orla Armstrong, doctor Stuart O'Flanagan, analyst Alan Walsh, Adam Leavy, Jack Kelly, Harry McNulty, Terry Kennedy, Jordan Conroy, Bryan Mollen, strength and conditioning coach Ed Slattery, assistant coach James Topping, head coach Anthony Eddy and front row, from left, Gavin Mullin, Hugo Lennox, Foster Horan, Billy Dardis, Mark Roche, Greg O'Shea and Ian Fitzpatrick during a Tokyo 2020 Official Team Ireland Announcement for Rugby 7s at Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

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Team Ireland have announced their first-ever men’s Olympic rugby sevens squad for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

13 players will travel to Tokyo after the side qualified for the Olympics when they won the Olympic repechage on June 20th.

Captain Billy Dardis will lead his side out under the tutelage of IRFU Director of Sevens Rugby Anthony Eddy.

Billy Dardis Tokyo 2020 Team Ireland Sevens
6 July 2021; Team Ireland has officially selected the Men’s Rugby Sevens Team who will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Following their exciting dominance in the final Olympic Repechage in Monaco, the Irish team have made history in becoming the first Rugby team that will compete for Ireland at the Olympic Games. Pictured is Billy Dardis during a Tokyo 2020 Official Team Ireland Announcement for Rugby 7s at Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

“Having the honour of being selected to captain Ireland at the Olympics is special and I don’t think I’ll come to realise the enormity of it for some time to come,” Dardis said.

“Going to Tokyo, we as a squad are representing so much more than ourselves and our families, but Irish Sport and Irish Rugby on the biggest sporting stage.

“To lead this group out at the Olympics will be an extremely proud moment.”

The team will compete in Pool C, facing South Africa, USA and Kenya with a top-two finish in the pool guaranteeing the side a spot in the quarter-finals.

If they finish as one of the two best third-placed teams, they will also qualify.

Once-capped Ireland U20s back and 2019 Love Island winner Greg O’Shea is also one of the 13 headed to Tokyo as part of Team Ireland.

Greg previously competed in Youth Olympics as a sprinter and relishes the opportunity to represent his country at an Olympic level once more.

“The Olympics is the pinnacle of sport, so to represent Ireland at the Games is a huge honour and it means even more to be there playing alongside my mates,” said O’Shea.

“All the hard work and sacrifice has been worth it and now I just cannot wait to get out there and play.”

Team Ireland Sevens Greg O'Shea
6 July 2021; Team Ireland has officially selected the Men’s Rugby Sevens Team who will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Following their exciting dominance in the final Olympic Repechage in Monaco, the Irish team have made history in becoming the first Rugby team that will compete for Ireland at the Olympic Games. Pictured is Greg O’Shea during a Tokyo 2020 Official Team Ireland Announcement for Rugby 7s at Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Anthony Eddy has been head of the IRFU Sevens programme since its inception in 2015.

The New Zealander will be in charge of the programme and the side for its very first Olympic venture.

“We are delighted to be representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics,” Eddy noted.

“The squad has worked extremely hard for this opportunity, and they will be determined to perform well and represent their country with distinction.

“Very few rugby players get the opportunity to play rugby for their country at the biggest sporting event in the world and this squad of players should be very proud of their achievement and they will be the first of many more to come.”

Team Ireland Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020 Tricia Heberle is excited to see the Sevens side in action in Tokyo.

She said that their path to qualification in Monaco was exhilarating, a path that took them past 2016 Olympians France.

Heberle added: “We are really looking forward to seeing what they can do now in Tokyo.”

Click here to see the athletes Team Ireland are taking to Tokyo.

TEAM IRELAND RUGBY SEVENS TEAM:

Jordan Conroy

Billy Dardis

Ian Fitzpatrick

Foster Horan

Jack Kelly

Terry Kennedy

Adam Leavy

Hugo Lennox

Harry McNulty

Gavin Mullin

Greg O’Shea

Mark Roche

Bryan Mollen

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