Monday, August 19, 2019

Watch the Ireland Men’s Sevens team on the final day of their quest to reach the Olympics in Tokyo through the European qualifiers.

Ireland play France in the Semi-final this afternoon after they beat Germany in the quarter-final of the Rugby Europe Olympic qualifier in Colomiers 21-0 this morning. 

Ireland were totally dominant during the match and once Jordan Conroy opened the scoring the result was never in doubt.

They had got to the quarter final by beating world Series outfit Spain who opened up a three-try lead in the pool decider, but second half scores from captain Billy Dardis, Jordan Conroy and Terry Kennedy – the last one past the final hooter – tied things up before Dardis missed the target with a difficult conversion from the right wing.

 

That means Germany are next up for Ireland, the two pool runners-ups’ hopes of keeping their Olympic dreams alive hinging on tomorrow’s quarter-final showdown at 12.06pm local time/11.06am Irish time – live on www.rugbyeurope.tv.

 

Anthony Eddy’s men defeated Germany 17-10 at last month’s Moscow 7s, as well as winning the sides’ World Series qualifier encounter (19-10) in Hong Kong. The winners of tomorrow’s game will advance to play either hosts France or Georgia in the last-four.

 

Only the winners of the tournament will qualify for the Olympics. 

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS Squad (2019 Rugby Europe Olympic Men’s Sevens Qualifier, Stade Michel Bendichou, Colomiers, France, Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July 14):

Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers)
Shane Daly (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Billy Dardis (Terenure College) (capt)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne)
Jack Kelly (Dublin University/Leinster)
Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s College)
Foster Horan (Lansdowne)
Adam Leavy (Lansdowne)
Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster)
Harry McNulty (UCD)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College)
Greg O’Shea (Shannon)
Mark Roche (Blackrock College)

2019 RUGBY EUROPE OLYMPIC MEN’S SEVENS QUALIFIER:

POOL A – France, Portugal, Italy, Hungary

POOL B – IRELAND, Spain, Russia, Ukraine

POOL C – England, Germany, Georgia, Lithuania

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS Results/Fixtures –

Saturday, July 13 –

POOL B:

Ireland 41 Ukraine 0, Stade Michel Bendichou
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Jordan Conroy 2, Billy Dardis, Terry Kennedy, Foster Horan, Ian Fitzpatrick, Greg O’Shea; Cons: Billy Dardis 2, Mark Roche
HT: Ireland 29 Ukraine 0

Team: Harry McNulty, Foster Horan, Jack Kelly, Billy Dardis (capt), Hugo Keenan, Terry Kennedy, Jordan Conroy.

Subs: Ian Fitzpatrick, Adam Leavy, Bryan Mollen, Greg O’Shea, Mark Roche.

Ireland 52 Russia 14, Stade Michel Bendichou
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Jack Kelly 2, Jordan Conroy 4, Hugo Keenan, Adam Leavy; Cons: Billy Dardis 5, Mark Roche
HT: Ireland 33 Russia 0

Team: Harry McNulty, Foster Horan, Jack Kelly, Billy Dardis (capt), Hugo Keenan, Terry Kennedy, Jordan Conroy.

Subs: Ian Fitzpatrick, Adam Leavy, Bryan Mollen, Greg O’Shea, Mark Roche.

Ireland 17 Spain 17, Stade Michel Bendichou
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Billy Dardis, Jordan Conroy, Terry Kennedy; Con: Billy Dardis
HT: Ireland 0 Spain 17

Team: Harry McNulty, Foster Horan, Jack Kelly, Billy Dardis (capt), Hugo Keenan, Terry Kennedy, Jordan Conroy.

Subs: Ian Fitzpatrick, Adam Leavy, Bryan Mollen, Greg O’Shea, Mark Roche.

Click here for the final pool tables and tournament fixtures/results page.

Sunday, July 14 –

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: Ireland v Germany, Stade Michel Bendichou, 12.06pm local time/11.06am Irish time

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS – European Schedule:

June 22-23: Moscow, Russia – Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series First Leg (2nd Place/18 Points)

July 13-14: Colomiers, France – Rugby Europe Sevens Olympic Qualifying Tournament

July 20-21: Lodz, Poland – Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series Second Leg

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