Billy Dardis

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Argentina’s Franco Sabato runs away from  Ireland’s Jack Daly during  their match in the  HSBC Paris Sevens Series at the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Photograph:   Lucas Barioulet/AFP/Getty Images

The Ireland Men’s Sevens team will compete for the Challenge Trophy at the HSBC Paris Sevens on Sunday following an opening day which saw them defeat (...)

Ireland’s  Mick McGrath on the way to scoring a try during the quarter-final match against  Fiji  at the  HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham. Photograph: Luke Walker/Getty Images

Fiji 33 Ireland 24 Ireland showed that they will certainly add excitement to the World Series of the HSBC Sevens next season after losing out in a th(...)

Ireland’s  Jordan Conroy breaks through to score a try during the HSBC London Sevens game against Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

A Jordan Conroy hat-trick sent the Ireland Men’s Sevens team through to the Cup quarter-finals at the HSBC London Sevens tournament as they secured se(...)

Ireland’s Greg O’Shea  after scoring a try against Australia in 2018. ‘The fitness level required for Sevens is insane.’ Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Back in the summer of 2015, the then Munster academy player and current member of the upwardly mobile Ireland Men’s Sevens team, Greg O’Shea, borrowed(...)

Joey Carbery lifts the Ulster Bank League trophy in 2016. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Club rugby has been liberally populated with international stars of the future based on the specific evidence of recent semi-finals and finals in the (...)

Head coach Anthony Eddy talks to the Ireland women’s team during squad training for the  World Cup Sevens at   San Francisco GAA club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland Men and Women Sevens teams take to the field at AT&T Park in San Francisco, home to the San Francisco Giants Baseball team, in their r(...)

Terry Kennedy and Bryan Mollen during Ireland’s quarter-final win over Zimbabwe. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Ireland’s pursuit of a place in next year’s World Rugby Sevens series came to an agonising end as they were beaten 12-7 by Japan in the semi-finals of(...)

Jimmy O’Brien (L) and Harry Kennedy in action against Uruguay. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Ireland are through to the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Sevens Repechage tournament after a comprehensive 38-5 win over Zimbabwe in the last eight. A(...)

Former Leinster player Billy Dardis will captain Ireland in Hong Kong. Photograph: Inpho

The Ireland men’s team will be trying to win the Repechage Tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend and by doing so qualify for the elite Seven(...)

“This is a massive year for everyone. There is a core group of us where this is everything to us. If we don’t get into the World Series then what do you do? Go into a 9-5 job?”

Last March Leinster team manager Guy Easterby told Billy Dardis that there wouldn’t be a contract for him the following season. The province had signe(...)

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