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IRFU Want To ‘Leave a Legacy’ In 7s Programme

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The IRFU have introduced a new set of targets for his or her Sevens programme after the Irish Men’s aspect achieved qualification to the Tokyo Olympics.

Anthony Eddy‘s squad are at present finalising their preparations for a maiden Olympics marketing campaign in Tokyo.

As pleasure builds for the beginning of the Rugby 7s competitors on Monday 26 July, an enormous alternative awaits for Irish Rugby and the shortened format of the sport in Ireland.

The realisation of their Olympic Dream guarantees to be a watershed second for Irish Sevens Rugby, elevating the gamers, sport and programme to an entire new stage in entrance of a worldwide viewers.

“The Ireland Men’s Sevens team qualifying for the Olympics is a huge opportunity for us to be able to build a sustainable pathway for Sevens Rugby in Ireland,” IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, says.

“The interest that the Olympics will bring gives us the opportunity to be able to grow the game of Sevens throughout the country.”

The IRFU wish to guarantee that there’s a clear pathway for younger kids to get into Sevens rugby.

Sevens is an accessible sport for all ages and the worth of Sevens programmes and competitions in faculties and schools and Age-Grade Interprovincial Structures can’t be underestimated with Irish Rugby absolutely aligned and dedicated to making sure Tokyo 2020 is really a watershed second for the game in Ireland.

“The opportunity created by the Men’s Sevens being in the Olympics enables us to be able to connect the Domestic Participation part of the game for young boys and girls to be able to see an opportunity to follow their Olympic Dreams,” Nucifora continues.

“Our ambition is to be able to make the game of Sevens a sustainable game within its own right, with the ambition of qualifying our Men’s and Women’s teams for the 2024 and 2028 Games in Paris and LA and our Men’s and Women’s U18s teams for the 2026 Youth Olympics in Dakar.”

For Nucifora, the aim is obvious: to construct a pathway that connects the Participation and Domestic elements of the sport with the High Performance Programmes.

This will allow younger girls and boys to play the game of their faculty and membership, granting them entry to choice for Provincial groups, National Underage squads after which the National Sevens squads, main them into Olympic Games alternatives sooner or later.

“We’re focused on leaving a legacy as a result of the team’s qualification for Tokyo,” he says.

“We wish to construct a Participation Pathway for the sport of Sevens via the faculties and golf equipment to open up the game to non-traditional areas and gamers. It is a real pathway for a rugby participant and we’re striving to get the event a part of it proper and really open up the sport for all and make it as accessible as attainable. We’ll see the develop recreation in Ireland off the again of that.

“Tokyo is on our mind right now but looking towards Paris, it is only a three year turnaround and our ambition is to be there with both our Men’s and Women’s teams. We’re hugely excited for what’s ahead and know we can achieve all of these goals and ambitions in the years ahead.”

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