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Re: Sevens

Postby Ruckedtobits » April 7th, 2019, 8:40 pm

Now the problem of the Olympics looms. There are lots of guys in Pro Rugby who would love to make the Olympics. The European Olympic Qualifying Competition takes place at Colombier France on 13th / 14th July.

Will Ireland only select from their Seven Squad or will they broaden it between now and July? The squad is about 20 at present but there are a number of very talented (forwards in particular) who believe they could claim a place ahead of the current encumbents - but they don't want to sacrifice a 15's career as their mainsteam activity. Will they get a look in? Who knows. Nucifora and Eddy will usually do whatever it takes to win, so watch this space.
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Re: Sevens

Postby cormac » April 10th, 2019, 4:02 pm

Will still be a daunting task to qualify for the Olympics for both the mens and womens teams.

Japan qualify automatically as the hosts, while the Top 4 in this season's World Series also get in. Then there are the six winners of the regional qualifiers (Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, South America and North and Central America). After that there's a repechage for 12 teams who haven't already qualified with the winners of that tournament becoming the last qualifier.

Mens

Obviously not in the World Series this season so can't qualify through that. They will head to the European qualifier in July 2019 in Colomiers. Their chances of winning that would be greatly helped if England could finish in the top four of the World Series. They're currently fifth (nine points behind South Africa) with three tournaments remaining, including one in Twickenham.

Even if England do reach the top four Ireland would still be up against World Series regulars France and Spain. The champions in Colomiers qualify automatically for Tokyo 2020 while second and third get into the repechage tournament which will be held in 2020. Finish any lower than that and the dream is over.

Womens

It's the exact same qualification criteria as the men's tournament but the women's side has one more chance as they are, of course, part of the World Series circuit this season. They currently lie sixth, only two points behind France in fifth, but unfortunately 16 points behind 4th placed Australia. There are three tournaments left but realistically Ireland would need to make the final of them all to reach 4th place overall.

European qualifier is in Kazan in July where they'll likely be facing other World Series teams such as France, Russia, England and Spain. Winner qualifies for Tokyo, while second and third go to the Repechage tournament. 4th or worse and that's it.
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