Weekly News Brief | 14 - 20 Nov
- Created: Sunday, 20 November 2016 08:55
1) Laidlaw secures New Zealand 7s job
The New Zealand Sevens team has appointed London Irish's assistant coach Clark Laidlaw as new head coach. The Scot will succeed Sir Gordon Tietjens at the All Blacks sevens, who stood down after the Rio Olympics following 22 years in charge. Laidlaw will start the new job in June and only just joined the Exiles in 2015. Laidlaw said about his new job "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm excited at the challenge that lies ahead".
2) Rio 2016 - A Game Changer
Rio 2016 has been without a doubt a great success for 7s. A new rugby broadcasting record, and attracting 16 million new fans worldwide are just some indications contributing to this milestone. A the latest #WorldRugbyConfEx in London, World Rugby head of competition and performance Mark Egan summarises the fantastic achievements, that came with the Olympic inclusion.
3) Senatla and Caslik crowned Sevens Player of the Year
Seabelo Senatla and Charlotte Caslick won the World Rugby Awards 2016 in the category Sevens Player of the Year. Blitzbok Senatla scored 66 tries (330 points) last season, more than anyone else. The 23-year old speedster, currently signed by Super Rugby franchise Stormers, was part of the South African Olympic squad but missed out on the Bronze final due to injury.
Charlotte Caslick is the outstanding player of current Olympic and World Sevens Series Champion Australia. Caslick, like many other Autralian sevens talents, comes from a Touch Rugby background. The 21-year old already won the Australia's women's sevens player of the year award this year.
4) Fiji named best male team at Rio
Pic: World Rugby
The Fiji men's rugby sevens team has been named the best male team of the Rio Olympics. Fiji beat Great Britain 43-7 in the final to win the Pacific Island's first Olympic gold. Ben Ryan's team received the honour at the Association of National Olympic Committees awards in Doha. Earlier this year, the islander already won back-to-back World Sevens Series titles.
5) Fiji and Australia succeed at Oceana 7s
The Australian Women's team and the Fijian Men's team remain the dominating forces in 7s. Both teams won the respective titles at the biennially tournament hosted in Suva (Fiji). Fiji beat a young Samoan team in the final 28-19, while Olympic champions Australia overcame Fijiana 31-0 in order to claim the title.