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Ireland Sevens Squads Confirmed For 2024 Paris Olympics

Ireland Sevens Squads Confirmed For 2024 Paris Olympics

Ireland Sevens Squads Confirmed For 2024 Paris Olympics

Lucy Rock will captain the Ireland Women's Sevens team at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris ©INPHO/Travis Prior

Team Ireland has today officially ratified the selection of the Ireland Men’s and Women’s Sevens squads to compete at this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris.

Head coaches James Topping and Allan Temple-Jones have named their 12-player squads for the 2024 Games, marking another landmark moment for the Ireland Sevens programme as preparations continue for the Rugby Sevens tournament at the Stade de France from July 24-30.

Harry McNulty, who is one of seven players set to become a double Olympian, will captain the Ireland Men, while Lucy Rock will lead the Ireland Women as Temple-Jones’s side prepare for their maiden Olympic appearance in France.

Coming off the back of an impressive HSBC SVNS Series season as they finished second in the overall standings, the Ireland Men will once again compete in the sport’s showpiece event having made their Olympic debut in Tokyo.

McNulty, Terry Kennedy, Jordan Conroy, Hugo Lennox, Jack Kelly, Gavin Mullin, and Mark Roche are in line to represent Team Ireland for the second consecutive Games, having been part of the Ireland Men’s squad in Tokyo in 2021.

Ireland Men’s 15s international Hugo Keenan and Connacht’s Andrew Smith earn their places on the plane after being reintegrated back into the programme last month, while Niall Comerford, Chay Mullins, and Zac Ward are also set for their Olympic bows having been key members of the squad during the SVNS Series campaign.

In addition, Bryan Mollen and Sean Cribbin have been named as the two travelling reserves, and will head to Paris with the selected squad.

Commenting on his selection as Ireland Men’s Sevens captain for Paris 2024, McNulty said: “It is an incredible honour to lead the squad to this summer’s Olympics.

“We performed strongly this season with our highest ever finish, and it is a great foundation for our prep leading into the Games. We have a lot of competition in the squad and it’s driving everyone to push harder every day.

“Paris is coming along very quickly and we are excited for the weeks ahead. We are working really hard to make sure we are in the best shape for the Games, mentally and physically, in order to maximise our potential and chase our Olympic medal ambitions.”

The Men’s tournament will take place on July 24, 25, and 27 at the iconic Saint-Denis venue.

Meanwhile, along with Rock recovering from her season-disrupting hamstring injury, Ashleigh Orchard’s inspiring return to the green jersey continues as she earns selection just twelve months after giving birth to her daughter, Arabella.

Having played significant roles in securing the team’s qualification for Paris, Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, Stacey Flood, Emily Lane, Béibhinn Parsons, Erin King, Vicky Elmes Kinlan, Eve Higgins, and Megan Burns are all included.

Kathy Baker has made a strong comeback from a long-term knee injury, while Laois teenager Alanna Fitzpatrick, who only made her senior debut for the Sevens team last summer, completes the travelling squad.

Claire Boles and Amy Larn have been selected as the travelling reserves, with the Women’s tournament taking place on July 28, 29, and 30.

Looking ahead to a historic campaign in the French capital, Rock said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the Ireland Sevens programme as two teams prepare to compete in Paris.

For the Women’s squad, it has been three cycles of hard work, determination and sacrifice to reach this point.

“While we are the lucky 12 who get to pull on the Team Ireland jersey this summer, we are representing so much more than ourselves – the wider squad, our friends, families, former team-mates, backroom staff, and everyone who has supported us on the journey.

“To lead this team out at the Olympics will be an extremely proud moment.”

Ireland Sevens Performance Director, David Nucifora, added: “It is a landmark and proud day for us to confirm our Men’s and Women’s Sevens squads to represent Team Ireland at Paris 2024.

“A huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes for the last number of years for us to reach this milestone, and it is testament to the dedication, talent and resilience of the players and staff in the Ireland Sevens programme – past and present – that we now have the privileged opportunity to be part of Team Ireland for Paris.

“The selected players have worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity, and while it is a proud and hugely exciting moment for them and their families, we must also acknowledge the members of the wider Ireland Sevens squads who have missed out on selection through injury or today received disappointing news. They will continue to play an integral role in our preparation for Paris in the weeks ahead.

The squads will be determined to perform well and represent their country with pride and distinction at the biggest sporting event in the world.

“We hope the achievements of our players will help inspire the nation and continue to put the Ireland Sevens programme on the map.”

The Ireland Sevens squads will continue their preparations for Paris at the IRFU High Performance Centre, before travelling to Tours – the base city used by Andy Farrell’s Ireland Men’s 15s squad during last year’s Rugby World Cup – for a 10-day training camp in July.

The pool draws for the Rugby Sevens tournaments at the Olympic Games will take place on Sunday, June 23.

IRELAND MEN’S SEVENS Squad (Olympic Games – Paris 2024, Stade de France, July 24, 25, 27):

Niall Comerford (UCD RFC)
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers RFC)
Hugo Keenan (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Jack Kelly (Dublin University FC)
Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s College RFC)
Hugo Lennox (Skerries RFC)
Harry McNulty (UCD RFC) (capt)
Gavin Mullin (UCD RFC)
Chay Mullins (Galway Corinthians RFC/Connacht/IQ Rugby)
Mark Roche (Lansdowne FC)
Andrew Smith (Clontarf FC/Connacht)
Zac Ward (Ballynahinch RFC)

Travelling Reserves:

Sean Cribbin (Suttonians RFC)
Bryan Mollen (UCD RFC)

IRELAND WOMEN’S SEVENS Squad (Olympic Games – Paris 2024, Stade de France, July 28, 29, 30):

Kathy Baker (Blackrock College RFC)
Megan Burns (Blackrock College RFC)
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union RFC)
Alanna Fitzpatrick (Portarlington RFC/Blackrock College RFC)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC)
Erin King (Old Belvedere RFC)
Vicky Elmes Kinlan (Wicklow RFC)
Emily Lane (Blackrock College RFC)
Ashleigh Orchard (Cooke RFC)
Béibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College RFC)
Lucy Rock (Wicklow RFC) (capt)

Travelling Reserves:

Claire Boles (Railway Union RFC)
Amy Larn (Athy RFC)