Women’s Rugby 7’s

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora met with Rio 2016 Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty in Howth today to discuss the Ireland’s Women’s 7’s programme. They were joined by OCI’s  Martin Burke and Stephen Martin  and Team Ireland Women’s 7’s Team Manager Gillian McDarby. Nucifora will be joined by fellow Olympic Sports Performance staff on October 9th and

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Ireland Women 7th in Moscow

The Ireland Women 7’s team continue their development putting in their most complete performance of the weekend to record a comprehensive 31-0 win over Italy in the 7th-8th place play-off at the FIRA/AER European Women’s Sevens Grand Prix tournament in Moscow. The Olympic Council of Ireland, through IOC Olympic Solidarity Rio 2016 Team funding, are supporting this

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Rugby Sevens 2016

A total of 12 countries are due to compete in the Rio 2016 rugby seven’s tournament, which will mark the return of rugby to the Olympic programme for the first time since Paris 1924, when the full 15-a-side game was played, with the United States emerging as the winners. Whilst the final details of the qualification

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Introduction to Rugby Sevens

Rugby sevens, also known as seven-a-side and VIIs, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches. The game originated in Melrose, Scotland, where the Melrose Sevens tournament is still played annually. The game is popular at all levels, with amateur and club tournaments generally held in the summer months. Sevens is one of the most well distributed forms of rugby, and is popular in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and especially in the South Pacific. Rugby sevens is now recognised as an Olympic sport and will make its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics. For contact details of Irish Rugby Football Union please click on Full story

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