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big in japan Greg O'Shea arrives in Tokyo with the Ireland Rugby Sevens squad


Greg on Love Island in 2019.

Greg on Love Island in 2019.

Greg on Love Island in 2019.

Greg O’Shea has landed in Tokyo with the Ireland Rugby Sevens squad ahead of the Olympic Games.

The Limerick native shot to fame after taking home the Love Island crown in 2019, and is now set to make history as part of the first Irish Rugby Sevens team to compete in the Olympics.

The team touched down in Tokyo this afternoon and Greg shared his excitement in an Instagram post taken before his flight at Dublin Airport.

The 26-year-old wore his green Team Ireland Tokyo 2020 rugby top and posed with matching kit bags outside Terminal 2.

Captioning the post, he wrote: “The Olympic journey has started! Thanks so much to everyone who messaged me and to all the family, friends and partners that waved us off at the airport.

“Next stop Tokyo!” he added.

Greg took to his Instagram stories during the 24-hour journey and shared a snap from his layover in Doha, Qatar.

He said: “Thank you so much for all the lovely comments under my last post. Just sitting here on a layoer reading through them all.”

In his next story, Greg revealed that the team had touched down in Tokyo as he posed beside his teammate Jordan Conroy.

“24 hours travel later and we’ve arrived!” the former Love Island champion wrote.

The Ireland Rugby Sevens squad qualified for the Games last month after beating France 28-19 during the final in Monaco.

Speaking about the historic feat after the match, Greg said: “We just qualified for the Olympics. I’m honestly speechless.

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“This is the thing of dreams like honestly, the pinnacle of sport and we did it. I am so proud of the boys.

“I’m not even supposed to be here! I wasn’t initially picked and now I’m here standing on the pitch. I love it – come on Ireland!”

The Olympic Men’s Rugby Sevens competition will take place at Tokyo Stadium from July 26th - 28th.

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