1) Taveuni succeed at Coral Cost Sevens
First Light Taveuni won the famous Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast Sevens this week in closely-fought Cup final against Wardens and walk away with $20,000. The debutants scored two tries to win 12-10 in front of a large crowd including new Fijian head coach Gareth Baber.
The annual Coral Cost Sevens has grown developed into an international top-class tournament featuring men’s, women’s and junior competitions.
RESULTS OF THE MANA WHEY FIJI CORAL COAST SEVENS
First Light Taveuni 12 Wardens 10
Police 19 Uluinakau 17
McDonald's Saunaka 21 Germany 19
Uprising 28 BLK Iron Courage 12
2) Wellington Sevens sales struggle
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The HSBC World Sevens Series returns for the first time this year with the Wellington Sevens next weekend. During the last couple of weeks, the media reported a disappointing ticket sale for the event which is running since 1999.
However, Wellington Sevens officials have now announced that they are expecting about 15,000 fans to attend each day of the tournament which is a lot less than at the height of the event's popularity, but slightly up on last year.
The competition takes place at the Westpac Stadium with a capacity of 34,500 seats.
3) Canada Sevens sold out
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While the Wellington Sevens struggled with ticket sales, the Canada Sevens, staged in March, are already sold all 33,000 available tickets.
The tournament, based in Vancouver, only takes place for the second time, but the interest for the event is huge. There is a possibility to release more tickets for the tournament. However, tournament CEO Bill Cooper said: “We’ll be looking at it very carefully, but our first priority will be atmosphere for those already in the building. As a result, any further seat expansion would be subject to what we reasonably think can sell between now and tournament weekend.”
4) Australian Sevens women’s featured in Vogue magazine
The Olympic and World Series champions Australia appeared in the latest edition of the Vogue Magazine as part of a shoot on Maroubra beach in Sydney.
The famous fashion magazine featured the highly successful team in the Australian edition. The photo shoot includes seven of the Olympic squad members, with co-captains Sharni Williams and Shannon Parry, alongside teammates Charlotte Caslick, Emma Tonegato, Chloe Dalton, Emilee Cherry and Alicia Quirk.
The Women’s Sevens Series returns on the first weekend of February at the Sydney Sevens.
5) Ben Ryan got a new job
Following various rumours about Ben Ryan’s next career step (including a role with the British and Irish Lions), this week the Welsh Rugby Union appointed the former Fijian coach as a consultant.
The 45-year old has joined the WRU to work with all men's teams outside Rob Howley's national squad, and all Wales' women's teams.
"Ben Ryan's appointment is a real coup for Welsh rugby," said WRU head of rugby performance Geraint John.
Ryan, who will also work on coach development at the WRU, said: "I am really looking forward to all that lies ahead."