Ireland, along with China, Chile and Tonga, is not a core member of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Despite being a world power in the 15-a-side game, Ireland, for many years, didn’t even bother to field a national 7s team. With the advent of 7s in the Olympics, Ireland has come back into the fold, nearly qualifying for Rio in 2016. At the final Olympic qualifier in Monaco, the Irish beat favorite Samoa in pool play, but fell to the eventual qualifiers, Spain, by a single score in the quarterfinals. Ireland finished second in the European Grand Prix earlier this year, earning a shot at core status in the World Series for the 2018/2019 season. Silicon Valley 7s is a part of Ireland’s preparation for that qualifying effort.