November/December 2015 saw the Irish national tag rugby team competing
in the International Tag Federation World Cup for the first ever time. Ireland
competed in five categories – Mixed, Mixed Senior, Mens, Ladies and Mens Over
Elite Irish players from various regions in Ireland (Dublin, Limerick,
Galway, Cork and Kildare) and London stepped up to play for their country in
the World Cup against countries such as South Africa, New Zealand, Japan,
Australia and Great Britain.
To play for Ireland, every player was either selected through an open
trial system or selected after playing for their region (Dublin, Cork, Galway,
London, Clare and Limerick) in the Regional Championships
To find out who made
the cut and who represented Ireland please click on the respective squad lists
Every player who was selected to play for their region and for Ireland
was an amateur player who has devoted their time to and finances to what is now
widely regarded as much more than an after-work social sport.
Ultimately the best reward for this commitment was that the best tag
players got to represent Ireland in the Tag Rugby World Cup in the Kawanna Stadium, Sunshine Coast,
Australia in early December 2015!
The Title Sponsor of Team Ireland was KPMG
Details of who are in Ireland's results can be found here and a full game schedule can be
found here. Our teams performed admirably with
the following records:
Our mixed open team just missed out on the quarter finals, after a
record of 3 wins and two narrow losses and one heavy defeat in the pool stage.
Our men’s open team also came within 1 result of making the
quarters with a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats.
Our mixed seniors performed admirably in a though group and won 2
games, lost 2 narrowly and 2 heavily.
Our men's 30s team and Ladies teams matched expectations by
qualifying for our first ever World Cup quarter final appearances. With
the Mens 30s losing to Australia Barbarians and the Ladies team losing to
eventual winners Australia.
The Irish Tag community
should be very proud of the team Ireland performances as they represented the
nation extremely well and helped ensure that Ireland will be a touring teams
destination of choice going forward.
2016 and Beyond
Congratulations to the following who have been selected as National Tag Coaches for the Tag World Cup cycle over the next 2.5 years as we build towards New Zealand in 2018
|Men's Over 30s:
||Jennifer Moore and James Mountjoy
|Ass. Team Manager:
In 2016 Team Ireland will be taking on Great Britain in the away leg of the British and Irish Cup on the weekend of 3/4 September in London. The current expectation is that the Team Ireland squad selected for 2016 will represent Ireland against Australia in 2017 (as Australia are likely to tour Ireland prior to the 2017 Ireland squad being selected).