Hugo Keenan gets Olympic rugby sevens call

Jun 17, 2024 16:37 By Dave Hooper
Hugo Keenan gets Olympic rugby sevens call
17 June 2024; Lucy Mulhall, left, and Harry McNulty during the Team Ireland Paris 2024 team announcement at the IRFU High Performance Centre on the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
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Ireland's men's and women's rugby seven's teams are named for Paris 2024

Hugo Keenan has been named in the Ireland rugby seven’s teams for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Harry McNulty will captain the men’s team, which recently finished second in the World Series.

Whereas, Lucy Rock (formerly Mulhall) has been named captain of the women’s team, having qualified for their first Olympic Games this summer. Indeed, head coaches of the teams, James Topping and Allan Temple-Jones have named their 12-player squads.


Hugo Keenan and Connacht’s Andrew Smith are included for the Olympics along with seven Tokyo Olympians. Keenan has won 39 caps for the Ireland XV team, including two grand slams. Keenan has won four pro14’s with Leinster.

“It is an incredible honour to lead the squad to this summer's Olympics” said men’s captain Harry McNulty.

“We performed strongly this season with our highest ever finish and it is a great foundation for our prep leading into the Games. We have a lot of competition in the squad and it’s driving everyone to push harder every day”.


"Paris is coming along very quickly and we are excited for the weeks ahead” added McNulty.

“We are working really hard to make sure we are in the best shape, mentally and physically, for the Games to maximise our potential and chase our Olympic medal ambitions.”

Lucy Rock to captain women's team


“This is an incredibly exciting time for the Ireland sevens programme as two teams prepare to compete in Paris” said women’s captain Lucy Rock.

“For the Women's squad, it has been three cycles of hard work, determination and sacrifice to reach this point! While we are the lucky 12 who get to pull on the team Ireland jersey this summer! We are representing so much more than ourselves, but the wider squad, our friends, families, former team-mates, backroom staff and everyone who has supported us on the journey”.

"To lead this team out at the Olympics will be an extremely proud moment” added Rock.


Indeed, the Rugby Sevens events will be held in the Stade de France and are amongst the first competitions at the Paris Olympics. The men’s events run from the 24–27 August. Whereas, the women’s events from the 28–30 July.

Team Ireland paris rugby sevens

Men’s Team:


Niall Comerford

Jordan Conroy (Tokyo Olympian)

Hugo Keenan

Jack Kelly (Tokyo Olympian)

Terry Kennedy (Tokyo Olympian)

Hugo Lennox (Tokyo Olympian)

Harry McNulty (Tokyo Olympian)

Gavin Mullin (Tokyo Olympian)

Chay Mullins

Mark Roche (Tokyo Olympian)

Andrew Smith

Zac Ward

Travelling reserves: Bryan Mollen (Tokyo Olympian), Sean Cribbin

Women’s Team:

Kathy Baker

Megan Burns

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe

Alanna Fitzpatrick

Stacey Flood

Eve Higgins

Erin King

Vicky Elmes Kinlan

Emily Lane

Ashleigh Orchard

Béibhinn Parsons

Lucy Rock

Travelling Reserves: Claire Boles, Amy Larn

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