Captain Billy Dardis has said that they have put Ireland 7s "on the map" as they booked their Tokyo Games ticket with victory over France in the World Rugby Sevens repechage final in Monaco.

The side only reformed back in 2015 and qualified for the event courtesy of a third-place finish at the Rugby Europe Qualifiers in Colomiers two years ago.

However, wins over Samoa, Hong Kong and then France in the final ensured their place amongst the elite at the Olympic Games.

"You dream of doing something really special for your whole life," Dardis told World Rugby.

"It's incredible what we’ve done just over a number of years. It’s absolutely incredible.

"It’s weird what went on out on that pitch. I thought we were out of it for a while in the first half, they had so much possession and they got in front. And then we just got a few lucky bounces, that’s 7s like.

"The bounce of the ball goes your way and you can end up in the Olympics."

Dardis said that he always felt that the talent was there following the reformation, and they have now received their rewards for their efforts.

"When I started five years ago we had a good enough team. We played in this tournament in 2016. We came over and I had only gotten my first cap about three weeks beforehand.

"We won our first day and I remember lying in bed thinking, we could do something really special here. We didn't, we lost that one.

The Irish players celebrate Harry McNulty's clinching tie

"I stuck with the programme and each year we kept getting better and so many players have come through this system.

"We started right at the bottom, some serious names, guys who’ve gone on to get international caps, guys like Tom Daly, Adam Byrne, Shane Layden, Dan Goggin, guys who are incredible rugby players now and they contributed so much.

"Then we had another turnover with guys like Hugo Keenan, Shane Daly, Jimmy O’Brien, Rob Baloucoune and others. I apologise that I don’t remember them all right now.

"This core group of lads stuck around and it’s been tough trying to earn a lot of respect. Everyone has been through tough times, everyone has been through hardships, especially in the last year or two. Guys at the academies have been let go and that’s the twisted tale of us all.

"We’ve come on and done something really incredible here, put ourselves on the map. Put Irish 7s on the map. It’s only going to do wonders for Irish 7s, for rugby, for kids. They’re going to start playing rugby maybe after seeing us at the Olympics, it’s pretty cool."

Terry Kennedy, one of the stars in Monaco, was delighted with the success.

"It’s incredible, it’s something we’ve kind of dreamed of for the last number of years, especially the last 15 months.

"We’ve worked really hard as a squad, stayed together when there haven’t been any tournaments around. It’s all paid off at this stage."

Jordan Conroy’s try-scoring was so crucial to their winning streak and he was still in shock minutes after the full-time whistle.

"I can’t believe we actually did it," he said. "All that work finally paid off and we couldn’t be happier."

Conroy added that his devastating partnership with Kennedy was simply down to familiarity.

"The main thing is playing together, we have been together from 2016, 2017.

"When you spend every day together, every year 24/7, you just build up a chemistry. We might as well be twins."