The Student Four Nations takes place each June. At the Cardiff event in June 2017, an all-island team was fielded for the first time.


Timeline

  1. February/March: Team Manager selected at Captains Meeting during Intervarsity Championships
  2. March/April: Team Manager contacted and appointed.
  3. April: end-of-season rankings published after National Championships.
  4. April/May: Panels at each weapon: a squad of four based on the Irish rankings, plus at least one non-travelling reserve.
  5. May: fencers confirm availability and work with Team Manager to arrange travel/accommodation.

Who is eligible?

  • Full-time and part-time students studying at degree level at an Irish or Northern Irish third-level institution
  • Full-time students studying at degree level overseas, who are eligible to fence for Ireland or Northern Ireland at senior Five Nations
  • Fencers in their ‘Year of Grace’, i.e. who graduated from an eligible course within the past 12 months.

How are selections made?

  • The top eligible and available fencers on the Irish rankings (as published after the National Championships) shall be named to the squad.
  • Any late-stage vacancies on the team are filled at the discretion of the team manager, pending
    • The top eligible and available fencers on the Irish rankings (as published after the National Championships) shall be named to the squad.
    • If the named reserves are unavailable, any late-stage vacancies on the team are filled at the discretion of the team manager. Where discretionary selections diverge from the national rankings, selectors will publish the result that explains a fencer’s inclusion on the panel. This allows non-resident fencers to be selected in a clear and fair manner.

    Previous and Future Events

    Year Host Nation Overall Winner Results Team Ireland
    2012 Wales – Cardiff England
    2013 England – Birmingham England
    2014 Northern Ireland – Belfast England Link
    2015 Ireland – Dublin England Link
    2016 Scotland England
    2017 Wales – Cardiff England Link Information
    2018 England
    2019 Ireland
    2020 Wales
    2021 Scotland
    2022 England