Tuesday 21 November 2017

The routes to Rio

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

* The top four teams in the IRB World Sevens Series 2014/15 automatically qualify.

* The top team in a tournament in each continent qualifies.

* A repechage tournament will be played for the remaining teams where the top one/two teams qualify for the Olympics, depending on whether or not Brazil are given an automatic place.

HOW IRELAND CAN QUALIFY

* Rank in the top two nations in Europe who do not compete in the World Sevens Series.

* Qualify from a Hong Kong pre-qualifier tournament to compete in a London qualifier tournament.

* Qualify as one of the top two teams in the London qualifier.

* Come in the top four in the World Series.

* If unsuccessful, it's possible to qualify as the top team from the remaining European nations.

* If unsuccessful, it's possible to qualify as the top one/two from the remaining repechage tournament.

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