Mark Roche

RUGBY SEVENS

Gender

Male

Discipline

Position: Half-back

Personal Best

Caps: 20

Date Of Birth

January 25, 1993

Hometown

Dublin

BIOGRAPHY

Another of the five ‘originals’ who played for Blackrock in the AIL and for Ireland’s U20 in 2013 before joining Ireland Sevens’ inaugural squad in 2015. He was part of the side that impressed at the London Sevens invitational in 2018, beating England to claim third place. His Irish debut was Bosnia 2015 when he made that tournament’s ‘Dream Team’.

OTHER RUGBY SEVENS ATHLETES

Jack Kelly

Jack KellyRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY Jack, who captained Ireland in the 2017 U20 Six Nations, came through the Leinster academy and played one Pro14 game, against Ospreys, in 2018. He made his international Sevens debut in London 2019 and He 2019- 2020 was his breakout season. He studies law at Trinity College and is fluent in [...]

Gavin Mullin

Gavin MullinRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY The team’s newest addition. Gavin came through the Leinster academy. made two Pro14 appearances and played for Ireland U20s in 2017. First Sevens games versus GB and USA in May 2021 but still technically ‘uncapped’. He was due to debut in the Olympic qualifier in Monaco but got injured beforehand. He [...]

Hugo Lennox

Hugo LennoxRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY Hugo starred for Skerries Community School when they got the Leinster School’s Cup semi-finals in 2016 and has played AIL with Clontarf and his home club but also played briefly for Barnhall while studying at Maynooth University. Debut was London 2019 and has blossomed since. His brother Conor also stars for [...]

Ian Fitzpatrick

Ian FitzpatrickRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY Another of Ireland Seven’s five ‘Originals’ Ian came through the Leinster academy at the same time as team captain Billy Dardis and played U20 for Ireland in 2014. He made his Sevens debut in Zagreb in 2015 and has been fulltime since 2018 but had a bad run of injuries. He [...]

Bryan Mollen

Bryan MollenRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY Born in Nairobi, to a Dutch father and Dublin mother, Brian has lived all around the world (Kenya, Holland, France, Australia and Belgium) due to his dad’s job as a diplomat. His rugby breakthrough came in Blackrock College where he was on a winning Leinster Schools squad that included Joey Carbery [...]

Greg O’Shea

Greg O’SheaRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY Greg was a talented sprinter and represented Ireland in the 2011 Youth Olympics in Turkey before coming through the Munster academy. Made his Sevens debut in Lodz 2017. Originally not picked for the final Olympic qualifier but when Gavin Mullen was ruled out with injury he got called up and played [...]

Jordan Conroy

Jordan ConroyRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY The Offaly flier is a superstar on the world stage. He started out as a very promising runner and soccer player before concentrating on rugby, initially with Buccaneers in the All-Ireland league, with whom Irish coach Anthony Eddy first saw him playing on the back pitch at the Aviva stadium. Jordan’s [...]

Terry Kennedy

Terry KennedyRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY Another ‘original’. One was the Irish U20 team (with Hugo Keegan, Jack Stockdale and James Ryan) who reached the ‘junior’ World Cup final in 2016 and has played AIL for St Mary’s. He made his Sevens debut in Zagreb 2015 and is another flier who links brilliantly with Jordan Conroy for [...]

Harry McNulty

Harry McNultyRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY Harry was born in Bahrain and lived in London too before settling in Dublin. He won a Munster schools Cup with Rockwell and is another of the team’s five ‘originals’, making his Irish debut in Bosnia 2015. In the early stages of COVID he went to USA to play for LA [...]

Adam Leavy

ADAM LEAVYRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY A product of the Connacht Academy and played for Lansdowne before joining the Irish Sevens programme in 2017, making his debut in Exeter that year. Took a six-month break from rugby during Covid-lockdown last year to study and graduated with a Masters in finance from UCD the week before the Olympic [...]

Billy Dardis

Billy DardisRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY A member of the Leinster academy for three years and played for Ireland U20s in 2014-15. Switched to Sevens fulltime in 2017-2018 season after making his debut in Malmo 2016. Succeeded Tom Daly as Ireland captain in 2017 and captain ever since. Billy has a degree in health and performance science [...]

Foster Horan

Foster HoranRUGBY SEVENS BIOGRAPHY Foster is one the team’s five so-called ‘originals’ who have been involved since Ireland’s first Sevens squad was inaugurated in 2015. Started out with Gorey RFC and played U20 for Ireland (2012) before switching to Sevens. Had injury problems pre-Covid but now back to top form. OTHER RUGBY SEVENS ATHLETES{{ vc_btn: [...]

RUGBY SEVENS NEWS

Ireland Women Sevens Team Strike Gold In Perth

The Ireland Women (sponsored by TritonLake) enjoyed a dream final day in Perth as they upset highly-fancied Australia to win their first ever HSBC SVNS Series tournament. The trophy-clinching 19-14 victory represents another milestone achievement for the IRFU Sevens Programmes, coming just minutes after the Ireland Men had finished the Australian leg as bronze medal winners, having beaten [...]

Performance Round Up – December

Catch up on the latest results of Team Ireland athletes throughout the month of December! Daniel Wiffen Smashes The Oldest Swimming World Record Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen had the swim of his life on Sunday, smashing the oldest World swimming record on the books in the 800m Freestyle Final at the European Aquatics Short Course Championships in Otopeni, Romania. Wiffen, [...]

TEAM IRELAND OLYMPIC BALL HONOURS EUROPEAN GAMES & AWARDS

Link to imagery HERE Athletes and performance enablers gather to celebrate Olympic sport in Ireland   Last night, the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) hosted the Team Ireland Olympic Ball at the Mansion House in Dublin, to celebrate the achievements and contributions of members of the Irish Olympic family in 2023, as well as to [...]

Olympic Movement Breaks Launched in Primary Schools Nationally

Team Ireland athletes star as Olympic Movement Breaks is launched in primary schools nationally The Olympic Federation of Ireland and the Active School Flag programmes work together to get Irish primary school pupils more active Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education Thomas Byrne TD Launches Initiative The Minister of State for Sport and […]

RUGBY SEVENS WIN GOLD AT THE EUROPEAN GAMES AND QUALIFY FOR THE PARIS OLYMPICS

Rugby Sevens win gold and secure Olympic qualification for Paris The Irish Men’s Rugby Sevens team have tonight beaten Great Britain 26-12 to win gold, and secure all important Olympic qualification, at the European Games in Krakow, Poland. RUGBY SEVENS  The Ireland Men’s Rugby Sevens side, have secured qualification for their second consecutive Olympic Games, […]

EUROPEAN GAMES – DAY 6 – RUGBY SEVENS AND BOXER DEAN CLANCY WIN

Irish rugby sevens team open with a big win over hosts Poland Dean Clancy wins lightweight bout to advance to quarter final Diver Clare Cryan through to final in 3M Springboard  Three Irish feature in Modern Pentathlon fence, swim and laser run   On the sixth day of the European Games the Irish Men’s Rugby […]

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