Ireland Men completed their third tournament in their first season in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton.
Ireland were in Pool C alongside Canada, Spain and France and they recorded one win, against Spain, in the pool stages to qualify for the 11th place play off where they lost out to Scotland.
With 16 teams in the men’s tournament, as opposed to 12 in the women’s, a 12th place finish is probably around the level of expectation for their first full season.
Ulster Women’s speedster Holly Brannigan had a look at the matches and you can view her summaries below.
Who did what?
The 12 place finish kept Ireland out of the bottom four of the competition so it ticks some of their boxes though they probably would have been hoping to end up nearer the 6th place finish they recorded in Cape Town, but it is small margins.
They will be disappointed to lose to Scotland who they beat in the opening tournament in Dubai, but they have been two close games with a single score deciding the winner.
France and Ireland are both going through to the 2020 Men’s Rugby Sevens Final Olympic Qualification Tournament in June so, as the season progresses, Ireland will be looking to get nearer to the French who ominously finished second in this tournament.
Ireland Men 7s Win Record
(First Three Tournaments)
In Hamilton, Ireland scored 75 points, the scorers as follows.
- Jordan Conroy 20 PTS (4T)
- Billy Dardis 20 PTS (10C)
- Terry Kennedy 20 PTS (4T)
- Foster Horan 10 PTS (2T)
- Harry McNulty 5 PTS (1T)
Plugging this into the stats from the other two tournaments the we get.
|Billy Dardis||Terenure College||12||2||66|
|Terry Kennedy||St Mary’s College||12||9||45|
|Jack Kelly||Dublin University||12||1||5|
|Liam Turner||Dublin University||2||0||0|
|Peter Maher||Old Belvedere||2||0||0|
Onwards to Sydney
The same extended squad of 14 players will be competing in Sydney this weekend, though at the time of writing the match day squad of 12 has yet to be announced.
Extended Squad: Aaron O’Sullivan, Adam Leavy, Billy Dardis(C), Bryan Mollen, Foster Horan, Greg O’Shea, Harry McNulty, Hugo Lennox, Jack Kelly, John O’Donnell, Jordan Conroy, Liam Turner, Mark Roche, Terry Kennedy.
Ireland have been drawn in Pool D where they will face Canada and Spain once again with England the fourth side. Pool schedule below.
- Ireland v Canada, Saturday 1st February 2.25am UK/IRE
- Ireland v England, Saturday 1st February 8.35am UK/IRE
- Ireland v Spain, Sunday 2nd February 1.35am UK/IRE