Rugby

Introduction to Rugby Sevens


Rugby sevens, also known as seven-a-side and VIIs, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches. The game originated in Melrose, Scotland, where the Melrose Sevens tournament is still played annually. The game is popular at all levels, with amateur and club tournaments generally held in the summer months. Sevens is one of the most well distributed forms of rugby, and is popular in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and especially in the South Pacific. Rugby sevens is now recognised as an Olympic sport and will make its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics. For contact details of Irish Rugby Football Union please click on Full story

Ireland Rugby 7’s squads announced

The Ireland Men’s and Women’s Sevens squads have been named for the II Toreno Internacional Rugby 7s tournament in Elche, Spain this weekend. The Ireland Men’s team will play Spain, Portugal and France, while the Women’s side take on Britain, Spain, Portugal, France and Spain Development. Speaking ahead of the tournament, Anthony Eddy, IRFU Director of Rugby […]

Women’s 7’s qualify for World Series

Ireland Women’s Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall says her team are looking forward to ‘a big year of rugby’ after they qualified as a core team for the 2015/16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. It has been a summer of real progress for the Ireland Women under the guidance of head coach , culminating in their 26-14 Cup semi-final […]

Ireland Men’s 7’s Programme

Irish Rugby have issued an open invitation to all male athletes, from all sports, to consider if they have what it takes to be part of the new Irish Rugby Men’s Sevens Programme as it confirmed four Talent Identification Days (TID) to be held in locations around Ireland in January 2015. The Talent Identification Days will […]

Women’s Rugby 7’s

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora met with Rio 2016 Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty in Howth today to discuss the Ireland’s Women’s 7’s programme. They were joined by OCI’s  Martin Burke and Stephen Martin  and Team Ireland Women’s 7’s Team Manager Gillian McDarby. Nucifora will be joined by fellow Olympic Sports Performance staff on October 9th and […]

Women’s Rugby World Cup Semi Final

England stand in the way of the Ireland Women making further history by qualifying for their first ever Women’s Rugby World Cup final. A mouth-watering clash awaits at Stade Jean Bouin as the girls in green bid to make it four wins out of four. 2014 IRB WOMEN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL: Wednesday, August 13 IRELAND […]

Ireland Women 7th in Moscow

The Ireland Women 7’s team continue their development putting in their most complete performance of the weekend to record a comprehensive 31-0 win over Italy in the 7th-8th place play-off at the FIRA/AER European Women’s Sevens Grand Prix tournament in Moscow. The Olympic Council of Ireland, through IOC Olympic Solidarity Rio 2016 Team funding, are supporting this […]

Ireland Women’s 7’s World Series

The pools and fixtures for the last round of the 2013/14 World Series were announced today in the Netherlands. Amsterdam will host the fifth and final leg of the Series on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 at the NRCA Stadium where last year New Zealand won the inaugural trophy. This year the reigning champions have been drawn […]

Jenny Murphy Olympic 7’s Rugby

Jenny Murphy on Ireland Rugby 7’s Road to Rio

Rugby Sevens 2016

A total of 12 countries are due to compete in the Rio 2016 rugby seven’s tournament, which will mark the return of rugby to the Olympic programme for the first time since Paris 1924, when the full 15-a-side game was played, with the United States emerging as the winners. Whilst the final details of the qualification […]
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