Eire have secured victory on the World Rugby Sevens Repechage in Monaco this night, making historical past by securing qualification for this summer time’s Olympic Video games for the very first time.
Anthony Eddy’s aspect booked their ticket to Tokyo by beating France 28-19 within the Monaco 7s ultimate at Stade Louis II, and can subsequent month develop into the primary Irish Rugby crew to compete on the Video games.
France, Hong Kong, Eire and Samoa had been all in competition within the males’s repechage going into the ultimate day, nevertheless it was the Irish who produced the shock consequence to take house the match and win a spot within the Olympics.
In an exciting males’s ultimate showcasing the easiest of rugby sevens, Eire’s Terry Kennedy opened the scoring early, however Eire had been required to get well from a 12-7 half-time deficit to safe their place on the Olympic Video games for the primary time. Jordan Conroy scored a pair of second-half tries, whereas Harry McNulty added a fourth that put the seal on a 28-19 victory.
“It’s simply weird,” Eire captain Billy Dardis mentioned. “You dream of doing one thing actually particular, and that’s taking part in rugby. It’s unbelievable what we’ve completed simply over a variety of years. It’s completely unbelievable.”
Eire’s Conroy completed as the boys’s match’s high attempt scorer with 11 tries and was delighted on the prospect of turning into an Olympian, “It’s an absolute dream come true to beat France and go to the Olympics, you don’t get to name your self an Olympian on daily basis.”
The IRFU mentioned on their web site: “It’s yet one more indelible second for this squad beneath the tutelage of IRFU Director of Sevens and Ladies’s Rugby Eddy, with the Eire Males’s Sevens now set to develop into the primary Irish Rugby crew to compete on the Olympics, in what would be the second staging of the Sevens competitors following its introduction in Rio 2016.
“For the core of the squad – captain Billy Dardis, Jordan Conroy, Terry Kennedy, Harry McNulty, Foster Horan, Ian Fitzpatrick, Mark Roche and Bryan Mollen – qualification for sport’s showpiece occasion is the fruits of six years of laborious work, and a serious second for the Nationwide Sevens programme.”
The Olympic Males’s Rugby Sevens competitors will happen from 26-28 July, with all of the motion happening at Tokyo Stadium, which hosted the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2019.
They’ve solely gone and completed it ??#TeamIreland simply bought a complete lot larger ??
What a rollercoaster for #IreM7s who had one aim in thoughts #Tokyo2020 and so they’ve completed it. One spot up for grabs within the Olympic Repechage and #Ireland7s dominated ????#NothingInOurWay ? ?? pic.twitter.com/HZonFA6f1S
— Staff Eire (@TeamIreland) June 20, 2021
France and Russia’s girls additionally ebook their tickets to Tokyo with victories within the qualifier finals.
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