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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# 7s

Last year
2022
# grand ambition
'In school, I remember writing down 'Olympian'... It's the pinnacle'
20-year-old Beibhinn Parsons is focusing on 7s rugby ahead of a big season on the Series.
# World Series
Ireland will miss star Kennedy but have 'two or three guys fighting for that spot'
The St Mary’s man won World Rugby men’s 7s player of the year on Sunday.
# 7s
Ireland fall short after pushing New Zealand all the way in Sevens World Cup semi-final
Elsewhere, the Ireland women delivered an impressive performance against England to secure a seventh-place finish.
# Cape Town
Superb Ireland stun hosts South Africa to secure Sevens World Cup semi-final spot
Ireland’s men’s 7s team reached a famous semi-final but there was disappointment for the women’s team.
# 7s
World Cup looms as Ireland look to finish Series on a high in LA
Terry Kennedy and co. have the potential to do something special at the big show.
# On the rise
Murphy Crowe on fire again as Ireland 7s claim bronze in Canada
The Tipperary woman scored 12 tries as Aiden McNulty’s team finished third in Langford.
# Contracts
'Professionalism is going to be imminent' but has to be done right way, says Briggs
The Ireland assistant says Irish rugby would need to grow its player pool before splitting 7s and 15s players.
# proud
'There's not too many 7s players that were in a scrum or lineout'
Ireland head coach Greg McWilliams was proud of his players in Leicester.
# hybrid
IRFU to consider contracts for women's players but won't make 'knee-jerk reaction'
CEO Kevin Potts said Ireland’s players were uncomfortable with this recommendation.
# Review
IRFU to hire head of women's rugby and invest extra €1 million, but no full report
The independent report on Ireland Women’s failure to qualify for the World Cup will not be published in full.
# Sevens
'I got texts from people saying their daughters were watching - that's everything'
Lucy Mulhall captained Ireland 7s to their first-ever silver medal on the World Series last weekend.
# 7s
'They've got this really good squad of athletic, skillful players now'
The Ireland Women’s 7s team had an excellent weekend on the World Series.
All time
# top dog
'David Nucifora himself is quite happy to be challenged'
The IRFU is pleased with the job its performance director is doing.
# Potential
Munster's Phillips shines as Ireland 7s finish fourth in Vancouver
Ireland came up short against Kenya and Great Britain after impressing en route to the semi-finals.
# Young Guns
Provincial academies to compete with Ireland 7s in new IRFU tournaments
The provinces’ A teams will also compete in a series of fixtures starting in September.
# Finished
Remainder of Ireland's 7s Series cancelled as World Rugby cut circuit short
Both Irish teams finished 10th, while Jordan Conroy was top try-scorer on the men’s Series.
# porchy
'I had to fight a bit harder... I sort of grew up despising the big private schools'
Connacht wing John Porch could have retired from rugby as an U20 player.
# 7s
IRFU opts against hosting Olympic 7s qualifying competition in Ireland
The union had concerns over the costs of bringing the crucial repechage onto home soil.
# dubai 7s
Slow start sees Ireland slip to defeat against Spain at Dubai 7s
Jordan Conroy scored his seventh try of the tournament but will rue failing to take a late opportunity.
# dubai 7s
Extra-time defeat to England sees Ireland Women finish 10th at Dubai 7s
Two tries from Hannah Tyrrell and a late Louise Galvin try wasn’t enough for Stan McDowell’s side.
# the big stage
Ireland slip to narrow defeat in first game as a core team on the World 7s Series
Tries from Terry Kennedy, Jack Kelly, and Aaron O’Sullivan weren’t enough against the US.
# Sidelined
Mulhall misses out on Dubai Sevens squad with injury
Ireland head coach Stan McDowell has named his 13-player squad for the tournament.
# backing it up
'It is all up to us now to perform' - Dardis
The Ireland Sevens captain says the team need to produce displays worthy of their new world class facilities.
# On the plane
Squad announced as Ireland 7s prepare for World Series in Dubai
The 13-man squad will make their debut as a core team on the HSBC World Rugby Men’s Sevens Series.
# flyer
Kildare man O'Brien benefits from stint in 7s as he pushes on with Leinster
The 23-year-old has shone at outside centre and fullback early on this season.
# Elche
Ulster flyer Sexton in men's squad as Ireland 7s sides head for Spain
The countdown to the men’s debut season in the World Series is gathering pace.
# One last chance
Tokyo ambition still alive for men's 7s but women's squad come up short
Billy Dardis and his squad will have one last shot at Olympic qualification next year.
# World Class
Ireland return to London 7s with eye on upcoming Olympic qualifier
Uncapped Lansdowne flyer Peter Sullivan and Kerry man Jack Daly will hope to win their first international Sevens caps in Twickenham.
# 7s
'There was just blood everywhere... I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy'
Greg O’Shea has overcome injury and disappointment with Munster to become an Ireland 7s star.
# Craic agus Ceol
'Ireland hosting a World 7s Series event isn't beyond the realms of possibility'
Louise Galvin feels the seven-player code is on the cusp of something big.
# grow the game
'The idea is to give people in areas that aren't represented in rugby an opportunity'
John O’Donnell and the Ireland Men’s Sevens team have a huge weekend ahead in Hong Kong.
# New Face
7s, 15s and Chemical Engineering - Enniskillen's Boles balancing the books
The 20-year-old back row made her debut in the Six Nations two weekends ago.
# survive and advance
Ireland shaded by New Zealand, but progress to face Canada in quarter-final clash at Dubai 7s
The Black Ferns were clinical, scoring two tries either side of half-time to swing the pool decider away from Ireland.
# 2020 vision
Olympic pathway confirmed for Irish 7s rugby hopefuls
A European tournament or World Rugby repechage will serve as Ireland’s best chance of qualifying for Tokyo 2020.
# Work Rate
Munster's try-saving tackler Shane Daly the latest Ireland 7s graduate to impress
The 21-year-old Cork Con back prevented what looked like a certain Cheetahs try at Thomond Park.
# success
Excellent season for Ireland shows that 7s is very much here to stay
Last weekend’s World Cup in San Fran saw the men’s and women’s teams deliver fine performances.
# 7s
Champions New Zealand book Sevens World Cup final with England
The Kiwis beat Olympic champions Fiji in their semi-final, while England overcame South Africa.
# speed merchant
Conroy rips Kenya to shreds with hat-trick as Ireland book Wales semi-final at RWC Sevens
Buccaneers flyer Jordan Conroy completed his hat-trick of tries in just seven minutes.
# rwc 7s
Dominant South Africa rout Ireland at RWC Sevens
The men’s side were overpowered in the last-16 tie.
# big impact
Ireland's achievements at London 7s are the latest step in a laudable rise
The journey began back in 2015 but has now moved onto a new level.