In the past 10 years, the Republic of Ireland has won over 10 medals at the Olympic Games, with seven of those victories coming from a single country.
It’s the best success rate in world rugby.
Ireland, who are also in the final four of the European Rugby Champions Cup, currently sit atop the medals table with nine medals.
In the event of a tie, which Ireland won in 2012, their total is just one, having missed out on qualification for the Rio Olympics.
The last time Ireland won a medal at the Rio Games was at the 2009 World Cup.
The team has won six of the last seven medals at these Games, and this year will take the next step in their long history when they host England on Sunday.
They are the first Irish team to win a medal in the Olympic Stadium.
They also have two gold medals at London 2012, which was their first Olympic medal since 2008.
Ireland’s gold medal tally at Rio will likely rise with their return to the tournament in 2019, with the squad likely to compete at both the Six Nations and World Cup level.
However, there is also the added concern that if Ireland fails to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, they could miss out on another medal.
Ireland are expected to return to action in 2019 for the first time since the 2008 Olympics, which meant they were eliminated from contention for a third successive time.
They will now be looking to build on the success they have had in recent years in hopes of winning the title again.
The Republic of Irish will return to Rio on Sunday for the inaugural Rugby Championship with their second home game against the hosts England on February 10.
Ireland will take on the English in the first of a two-game series.
The Irish will face England at Stade Louis II on February 16 and will travel to Cardiff on February 20 for the Rugby Championship semi-final match.
The semi-finals will be played on February 22, with Ireland taking on France in the third match.
Ireland have previously qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Japan.
They qualified for this tournament in 2016 but failed to qualify after finishing second in the Six-A Championship.
The Six Nations champions will take part in the second phase of the competition on February 23, with Wales and Scotland to play the third leg on February 24.
Ireland take on France for the second time in 2019.
The Welsh and Scottish sides will both be hoping to qualify as they did for the 2016 Six Nations.
Ireland were eliminated by the Springboks in the semi- final of the 2019 Six Nations, meaning they will be looking for another trophy in 2019 after finishing runner-up in the competition for the third time.