Ireland to get Sevens team

Date published: October 10 2014

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The Ireland Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has finally thrown its support behind the development of a men’s Ireland sevens team.

The Ireland Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has finally thrown its support behind the development of a men’s Ireland sevens team.

TheScore.ie reported that the IRFU are aiming for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan as their long term goal.

In the short term, the IRFU will enter a team into level two of the FIRA European Sevens circuit next season. If all goes according to plan, the team will qualify for tier one competition in 2016, after which they can compete in a qualifier for the IRB World Sevens Series in 2017.

Should the Irish team make the exciting world series, they would be eligible to compete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

In order to breed a pool of talent, the IRFU is also planning on introducing a domestic sevens series in Ireland. Over time, home grown players will feed into the national side. Fans of the shorter version have IRFU’s Performance Director David Nucifora to thank, as the Australian has been integral in getting the project off the ground.

The last time Ireland had a men’s sevens team was back in 2009 where a side that included scrum-half Paul Marshall and Munster’s Felix Jones guided Ireland to a runner-up finish in the Bowl final.

Meanwhile, women’s sevens in Ireland has strong support as the ladies are hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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