By Dan Walsh
There is great sporting excitement in North Wexford this weekend after the brilliant news emerged that Gorey RFC player, Foster Horan has qualified for the Olympics as part of the Rugby Sevens team.
The Ireland Men’s Sevens is first Irish Rugby team to compete at the Olympics, in what will be the second staging of the Sevens competition following its introduction in Rio 2016.
Foster Horan (28) played with Gorey RFC up to Under 12s level before heading off to Kilkenny College. The Ferns native also played for the Ireland Under 20s team at the 2012 IRB Junior World Championships, before switching to Seven’s Rugby where he debuted for the Irish team at the 2018 London 7s Tournament.
For the core of the squad – captain Billy Dardis, Jordan Conroy, Terry Kennedy, Harry McNulty, Foster Horan, Ian Fitzpatrick, Mark Roche and Bryan Mollen – qualification for sport’s showpiece event is the culmination of six years of hard work, and a major moment for the National Sevens programme.
The Olympic Men’s Rugby Sevens competition will take place July 26-28, with all the action taking place at Tokyo Stadium, which hosted the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2019.
In a message sent to WexfordLocal.com tonight Senator Malcolm Byrne offered “Heartiest congratulations to Foster, to Gorey Rugby Club and to the Irish team. It is a superb achievement.”