Student 5 Nations 2017: Wales

Date: Saturday 24 June, 2017
Venue: Talybont Sports Centre, Bevan Place, Cardiff
Format: Five-team pool unique in each weapon, using Italian relay format (i.e. first to 45)

Student 5 Nations athletes will have the option to purchase the official Ireland international tracksuit, which will be going on sale in the coming weeks at a cost of €117.

Team Ireland Organisers

The Team Manager for 2017 is Duncan Salter. The selectors have been appointed as follows:

Foil – John Wyatt
Sabre – Stephen Concannon
Epee – Colm Flynn

Committee – Stephen Condren, Fionn Flynn, Cameron Keighron, David Kulka, Katelynn McGowan, Seán Ryan, Hugh Tobin, Laura Donaghy (

2017 Panel

Men’s Épée
Dawid Kulka (IT Tallaght)
Jamie Simpson (Imperial College London)
Albert Sanfeliu (Trinity College Dublin)
Giovanni Buzzi (Trinity College Dublin)

Women’s Épée
Lucy Johnson (Trinity College Dublin)
Sorcha Mellon-Whelan (University College Dublin)
Sive Brassil (University College Dublin)
Laura Donaghy (University College Dublin)

Men’s Foil
Stephen Brown (Queen’s University Belfast)
James Brosnan (University of Warwick)
Christopher Lennon (Imperial College London)
Rory Hayes (University College Cork)

Women’s Foil
Crystal Percival (Trinity College Dublin)
Victoria Duxbury (University of Edinburgh)
Lucy Taylor (University of Edinburgh)
Katie Gillespie (Queen’s University Belfast)
NTR: Leona Cashman (University College Cork)

Men’s Sabre
Fionn Flynn (Dundalk IT)
Patrick Hayes (Trinity College Dublin)
Brian Crowley (University College Dublin)
Jake Wylie (Ulster University)
NTR: Nigel Johnson Steeves (University College Cork)

Women’s Sabre
Imogen McGuckin (Trinity College Dublin)
Kathryn Marshall (University of Surrey)
Bethany Rush (Trinity College Dublin)
Niamh Keogh (NUI Galway)
NTR: Catriona Dennehy (University College Cork)

Travel and Accommodation

We are partnering with Unitripper to reserve low-cost accommodation in Cardiff. The booking platform will go live after team selections are finalised. Two nights’ stay with breakfasts and a team meal on Friday will cost €79 all inclusive. It is possible to book one or both nights as required, and fencers remain free to make their own independent arrangements.

There are several options for transport to Cardiff. The following assumes an origin point in Dublin.

Option 1: Travel directly to Cardiff

  • 1a) Sail Rail – 8 hours at €103 return, no baggage charge
    – outbound 08:45 via Swift ferry, then 5h train journey (direct or change at Shrewsbury/Crewe). Arr 17:00
    – inbound 10:45 via 6h train journey (2 changes: Birmingham & Crewe) then 17:15 Swift ferry. Arr 19:00
  • 1b) Fly with Flybe – 65 minutes from €85 return, 15kg hold bag €30 each way
    – outbound Friday 08:30 or 20:40
    – inbound Sunday 07:00 or 15:50
  • 1c) Drive – 2-3 hour ferry from Holyhead, then 6 hour driving time via M5.

Option 2: Travel via Bristol, with transfer to Cardiff

  • 2a)Fly with Ryanair – 65 minutes from €76 return, 15kg hold bag €11 each way plus transfer
    – outbound Friday 06:35 or 19:40
    – inbound 16:15 or 21:10
  • 2b) Fly Aer Lingus/Stobart – 70 minutes from €69 return, 15kg hold bag €15 each way plus transfer
    – outbound Friday 06:40, 10:35, 14:00 or 17:30
    – inbound Sunday 08:10, 15:45 or 19:10
  • Bristol to Cardiff transfer options:
    – 3a) coach from Bristol Airport to Cardiff = £27 return (National Express – 90 minutes)
    – 3b) shuttle bus from Bristol Airport to Temple Meads station = £11 return (Bristol Flyer – 30 minutes), then train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central = £20 return (GWR – 60 minutes)