Tokyo 2020: Team Ireland profiles

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Jordan Conroy

Jordan Conroy. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 27

position: Winger

society: Buccaneers

The flying winger tried his hand at soccer and athletics before switching to rugby and playing for Tullamore in the All Ireland League. He made his first appearance on the 7-man team in 2016 and has competed in 21 competitions around the world. He is one of the best finishers in the game and Ireland’s leading try scorer. He is regularly selected for the tournament’s dream teams and is a major player in Tokyo.

Billy Dardis

Billy Dardis.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Billy Dardis. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 26

position: Halfback

society: Terenure

Team captain, he came through UCD after joining Naas RFC and Newbridge College, where he also played GA. He later attended Terenure College and focused on rugby. He was at the Leinster Academy for a few years and was part of the team of 7 that missed Rio in 2016. Captain Ireland at the World Cup 7 in the final with 32 points, the second highest of all players.

Care Horan

Care Horan.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Care Horan. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 28

position: Prop

society: Lansdowne

He made his debut for the Irish team at the London Sevens in 2018. Played youth rugby with Gorey before attending Kilkenny College. As the Irish U20’s outside center, he played at the 2012 U-20 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, where Ireland finished fifth. With a weight of 90 kg and height of 180 cm, he plays in the game of 7 in the much more flexible position of the support.

Greg O’Shea

Greg O'Shea.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Greg O’Shea. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 26

position: Return

society: Shannon

The 2019 Love Island winner left the UK and the red carpets for life as a rugby player. From Limerick, his mother and father, Carol and Niall, were both international sprinters. Started rugby at Shannon and Crescent College, where he won the Senior Students’ Cup. He left Munster Academy and started playing with the Irish 7’s team in the 2017 season.

Harry McNulty

Harry McNulty.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Harry McNulty. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 28

position: Forward

society: LA Giltinin

Born in Bahrain to Irish parents, he started playing rugby there, but currently plays major league rugby in the USA with his brother Sean at LA Giltinin. He also played ice hockey in New York with the Rye Rangers, where he lived for 10 years. Went to Rockwell College, Trinity, and Munster Academy. He is also an accomplished photographer.

Terry Kennedy

Terry Kennedy.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Terry Kennedy. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 25

position: Center

society: St. Mary’s College

Has played for the 7’s team since 2016 and is another member of the Irish team that won the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in 2017. He was the top scorer with nine attempts at the Moscow Seven in 2018. Another player in the group who came through the Irish U-20 system and was a member of the squad that played at the U-20 World Rugby Cup in 2016 was runner-up.

Ian Fitzpatrick

Ian Fitzpatrick.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Ian Fitzpatrick. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 26

position: Forward

society: Lansdowne

In rugby 15 he played as a full-back at the Leinster Academy. He also played with the Leinster U20 team and was a member of the Irish squad that played in the 2014 Junior World Cup. Has come back strong after suffering a setback in the summer of 2016 when he injured his knee and needed an operation. Started his 7 career at Lansdowne RFC.

Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Jack Kelly. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 23

position: Prop

society: University of Dublin

The ex-student of St. Michael, who is fluent in French, starred alongside Dan Leavy and James Ryan. As a law student at Trinity, he made his debut with the London Sevens in 2019. Had a breakout season during the 2019-2020 World Rugby Sevens Series, Ireland’s first season as a core team where he led all Irish strikers with nine clean breaks and eight tries.

Adam Leavey

Adam Leavey.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Adam Leavey. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 25

position: Prop / hooker

society: Lansdowne

As the brother of Leinster and Ireland’s flanker Dan, he played on the grand piano for St. Michael’s College. At the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens, he helped Ireland secure a spot as the core team for the 2019-20 World Rugby Sevens Series. Leavy also competed in the 2019 London Sevens, where Ireland secured victories against core teams England, Scotland and Canada, finishing in sixth place.

Hugo Lennox

Hugo Lennox.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Hugo Lennox. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 22

position: Halfback

society: Archipelago

A graduate of Skerries Community College and Skerries RFC – where Ciaran Frawley also played his early rugby. He took a spot at Maynooth College and studied business administration before Anthony Eddy called in 2017. A small but teak-tough Outhal, his playmaking skills and skillful passing on the pivot have made him an important member of the squad.

Gavin Mullin

Gavin Mullin.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Gavin Mullin. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 23

position: Prop

society: UCD

Has the genes because his father Brendan was a prominent Irish center in the 1980s. A standout player at Blackrock School, he played in the Irish Under-20s and joined the Leinster Academy for three years. He didn’t get much playing time there and only won two internationals from the bench. But his style of attack was picked up and he joined the 7 lineup last summer. Just finished a UCD degree in economics and law.

Mark Roche

Mark Roche.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Mark Roche. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 28

position: Halfback

society: Lansdowne

Played with Blackrock and played for the Irish U-20s in the 2013 Junior World Championship. He has been playing scrum half for the 7s since 2015, in the same year he won the AIL with Lansdowne and is one of the most experienced in the squad. He started at Scrumhalf for the Irish team, which finished third in the London Sevens in 2018 and was selected for the Dream Team tournament.

Bryan Mollen

Bryan Mollen.  Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Bryan Mollen. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

age: 25

position: Support / center

society: Schwarzfels

The son of a Dutch diplomatic father and a school teacher, he was born in Kenya and traveled around the world for various periods of life, where he learned rugby in Australia. He lived in Berlin and was sent to Blackrock College. At Trinity, Tony Smeeth suggested his name for 7 and he has never looked back. Now in its third year and one of the core players.

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