The Dubai Sevens 2018 are done and dusted. For New Zealand's Sevens sides it was the perfect weekend as both, the men's and women's, start the new season in a winning fashion. But there is much more we can take away from the last few days. Here are five things that stood out.
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A brace of tries from HSBC Player of the Final Tyla Nathan-Wong secured a fourth title in seven years for New Zealand at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018 on Friday.
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With Pool A wins over Wales, Argentina and Canada, Fiji finished day one of the Dubai Sevens in top position. Joined by South Africa, England and Australia, who also smoothed through the pool stage without a loss, the islanders qualified for the Cup quarter-finals and underlined their magnificent form. They will face France in the final eight tomorrow. South Africa, series runners-up for four years in a row, were the outstanding team in Pool B with victories over Scotland, USA and Uganda. The Blitzboks will play New Zealand in the Cup quarter-finals.
England, runners-up last year in Dubai, won the pool decider in Pool C, beating the All Blacks as well as Samoa and Russia. They will face local rivals Scotland on the second day. In Pool D Australia, under the captaincy of Sam Myers, secured wins against Japan, France and Kenya. Head coach Andy Friend's side will play Wales tomorrow.
11:00 | Fiji vs France
11:22 | England vs Scotland
11:44 | Australia vs Wales
12:06 | South Africa vs New Zealand
While the men’s team will continue tomorrow, the women’s finished the tournament today. Olympic Silver medallists New Zealand faced their archenemy Australia in the final. While the Aussies dominated the final in Rio, this time it was the Black Ferns who dominated. Tries from Portia Woodman and two from Rebekah Cordero-Tufuga were enough to seal the 17-5 win.
The Women's Sevens Series continues on the 3rd and 4th February 2017 in Sydney.
Dubai Sevens Women's | Results
Dubai Sevens Men's | Results Day 1
Dubai Sevens Men's | Fixtures Day 2
In the opening round of the HSBC World Sevens Series, South Africa beat Fiji to win the first tournament of the season. At the prestigious Dubai Sevens, South Africa secured the Cup with a 26-14 win in the final.
Tries from Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez gave the Blitzbokke an early lead, however Fijian captain Osea Kolinisau fired back to make it 14-7 at half-time.
In the second half Jerry Tuwai scored another try to level the score for Fiji, but shortly afterwards Chris Dry and Seabelo Senatla sealed the deal with a try each.
In the bronze final, speedster Dan Norton scored a remarkable four tries against Wales, resulting in a 33-10 win.
Australia finished the day in fifth place while USA won the Challenge Trophy with a 28-14 win over Samoa.
The next round of the HSBC World Sevens Series will be staged next weekend (10.12.-11.12.) in Cape Town.
CUP FINAL | Fiji 14-26 South Africa
BRONZE FINAL | England 38-10 Wales
CHALLENGE TROPHY | SAMOA 14-28 USA
All Dubai Sevens results
England were the surprise package on day one of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens on Thursday, beating defending series and Dubai champions Australia and Glendale runners-up USA to finish top of a pool for the first time since the final round of the 2015-16 series.
New Zealand's record 10th appearance in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup final saw them end their title drought at the 7he Sevens Stadium, the 21-5 victory over USA giving the All Blacks Sevens their first title here since 2009.
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The match schedule for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018, which takes place on 29 November-1 December, has been confirmed.
Dubai again hosts both the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, acting as the men’s series opener and round two of the women’s, following on from in the opening round in Glendale, Colorado, last month.
Twenty-eight teams will compete over the course of three days, 15 men’s core sides and 11 women’s core sides, with Zimbabwe’s men and Kenya’s women named as the invitational teams.
As the winter eventually arrived in this part of the world, 3400 miles towards east, the weather forecast looks much different. Sunny skies and 25°C - welcome to Dubai. A brand-new World Sevens Series is kicking off this weekend. Following a magnificent Olympic summer, the game is now being watched by millions of people around the globe. This season is vital and could give Sevens another huge boosts, so all eyes are on this first stop: the prestigious Dubai Sevens.
The Dubai Sevens take place at the Sevens Stadium (Capacity 40,000) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from Friday 02nd and Saturday 03th of December. The amateurs and women’s teams already kicked-off yesterday.
The matches kick-off on Friday at 09:00 local time (05:00 UK time) and Saturday 09:30 local time (05:30 UK time).
For a full fixture list click here.
In the UK, Sky Sports will cover the tournament on both days. For a full TV guide click here, for any other country check out this helpful guide.
Back-to-back Series champions and Olympic Gold medallist Fiji start the season with a new coach, so it will be interesting to find out if Garth Baber can follow in the footsteps of former coach Ben Ryan.
South Africa are among the top favourites this year, with a massively experienced squad, including stars like Kwagga Smith and Seabelo Senatla. England is also looking strong as they travel with plenty of exciting players from the Team GB Silver medallist squad to Dubai.
Fiji’s record breaking captain Osea Kolinisau is currently one of the most dangerous runners in the business. The 31-year old won the World Rugby 7s award this year and should be full of confidence to guide his team to another successful season.
Uganda will make their Debut in the World Sevens Series and will be up against South Africa in their Pool B encounter on Friday, where they will also face Scotland and the USA. Pool A sees last season's champions Fiji drawn against Canada, Argentina and Wales, while Australia, Kenya, France and Japan have been drawn together in Pool D. England will battle against New Zealand, Samoa and Russia in Pool C.
After an exciting summer with a breath-taking series final in Paris and a stunning World Cup in the US in July, the brand-new HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicks-off this weekend in the desert of Dubai.
Following on from the opening round of the Women’s World Sevens Series last month in Colorado, the 12 teams head into the second stage of the series tomorrow at the legendary Sevens Stadium in Dubai.
At the first tournament of the season, the South African “Blitzbokke” won the trophy after beating Olympic Gold medallists Fiji 26-14 in the final.
Cecil Afrika, Branco du Preez, Seabelo Senatla and HSBC player of the final Chris Dry scored for South Africa. A try each by Fijian captain Osea Kolinisau and Jerry Tuwai levelled the score, but wasn’t enough to beat the Boks.
England finished the tournament in third position after they beat rivals Wales 33-10. The USA won the Challenge Trophy with a 28-14 win over Samoa.
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The New Zealand women’s team faced arch-rivals Autralia in the final of the Dubai Sevens 2017. A try by Portia Woodman and two from Rebekah Cordero-Tufuga were enough to seal a 17-5 win.
In the newly introduced Challenge Trophy (former Bowl competition), Spain took on Ireland in a tense affair. Tries from Megan Williams and Lucy Mulhall, helped them to snatch a 14-12 win.
The next round of the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series will take place on 3rd and 4th of February in Sydney.
The annual Dubai Sevens is not just a gathering of the world’s best international teams but also a great opportunity for amateur teams around the world to come together and compete in a large number of competitions.
In the International Invitation Men’s tournament the ROYALS beat the SA 7s ACADEMY 17-7, while the Australian side TRIBE 7s beat IRELAND 28-33 in the Bronze final.
In the final of the International Open Men’s event QUATAR won against TITAN ACADEMY 24-14 and PROJECTX WATERBOYS beat SPERANZA 26-19 in the Plate final.
The SAMURAI ladies team beat BELGIUM 31-19 in the final of the International Invitation women’s tournament, while the TRIBE 7’s WOMEN team won the Bronze final against KENYA LIONESS 17-12.
For all results click here
As the Dubai Sevens came to an end last Saturday, the HSBC Sevens Series already continues next weekend in South Africa. The Cape Town Sevens will mark the second stage of the series and the last tournament of a remarkable year for 7s.
The pools for the Cape Town Sevens are as follows:
Pool A | SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, USA, RUSSIA
Pool B | FIJI, FRANCE, KENYA, JAPAN
Pool C | ENGLAND, NEW ZEALAND, ARGENTINA, CANADA
Pool D | WALES, SCOTLAND, SAMOA, UGANDA
Cape Town Sevens fixture list
New Zealand born Warwick Lahmert has left the England Sevens programme to return home. The 29-year-old joined England in 2015 and made his 7s debut in Wellington before playing a further seven tournaments. At his final cap in Paris in May, he captained the team.
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