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Skillz by England Rugby Women's. In preparation for the upcoming Sydney Sevens this weekend, England's women's finest 7s players show you how it's done.
A wonderful little feature about the wonderful Aussie 7s superstar Charlotte Caslick - Her careers is remarkable: She's the Women's Player of the year, won the World Sevens Series and the Olympics. Great athlete and ambassador for the game
With the Sydney 7s looming large, the web is full of highlights from last year's tournament to get the fans excited. Check this great team try out, set up by James Stannard and finished off by Simon Kennewell. Both players are selected for this weekend.
Week by week, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are flooded with tons of content from the world of 7s. To stay on top of the game we are doing the hard work for you and gather the best bits of the week. Enjoy!
The Sydney 7s were the dream weekend for the Aussies. Both, the men's and women's won their respective competitions at the very first fully integrated male and female competitions. Australias long-serving scrum-half Morgan Stannard sealed the deal in the final with this beauty
The Australian men's team were strong and proved that they belong in the mix for the series title, but their female counterparts are currently in a world of their own. Probably the best women's 7s team ever
It's not very often the case that one costume causes such a huge viral hype. Literally, everyone involved with 7s had to post a pic of the Avo-Man. Such a simple, but genius fancy dress outfit. Avo-Man you nailed it!
England's Sevens Men's team stayed unbeaten after the opening day of the Commonwealth Games 7s competition. Simon Amor's team finished the group stage in top position after convincing victories over Jamaica (38-5) and Samoa (0-33). In the Pool decider against hosts Australia, England were level 12-12 at half-time but dominated the second half to win 26-17. England will face New Zealand in tomorrow’s semi-final.
Australia, under captain Jesse Parahi, finished the pool second and will face Kenya in the 5th place play-off match tomorrow.
In Group A, World Sevens Series champions and Gold medallists of the last Commonwealth Games, South Africa, only conceded one try all day, when they beat Scotland 26-5. In the opening match, they faced Malaysia (43-0) before they overcame Papua New Guinea 0-52.
The Blitzbokke will play rivals Fiji in the other semi-final, a heavily anticipated encounter between two of the worlds best 7s teams.
The Scots also managed to get away with a clean sheet against Malaysia (41-0) and Papua New Guinea (27-0), however, the defeat against South Africa means they miss out on the medals play-offs.
Gareth Baber, a Welshman, and current Fiji coach, almost fail to beat his home nation in the group D decider. However, eventually, the flying Fijians proved once more their outstanding quality by beating Wales 21-17. Previously, they overcame Sri Lanka 63-5 and Uganda 54-0 effortlessly.
England’s semi-final opponent New Zealand dominated Group C, with wins over Zambia (54-0), Kenya (7-40) and Canada (7-33).
In the remaining pool matches of the women’s competition, New Zealand beat Canada 24-7 and South Africa lost to Kenya’s ladies 10-19.
The Black Ferns will go head to head with England’s women’s team, who beat Wales 45-0 in their respective group match. The other semi-final will be between heavy title favourites Australia. The Olympic champions beat Fiji 17-10 to secure a semi-final against Canada.
The knock-out matches resume tomorrow morning with the women’s placing 5-8 at 12.31 AM (BST). The Gold medal matches are scheduled for 05:42 AM (BST)
New Zealand’s men’s and women’s team both won Gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games rugby sevens tournament. The men’s team managed to secure their title from the Games four years ago in Glasgow by beating Fiji 14-0.
Tries from Etene Nanai-Seturo and Regan Ware were just enough to win the match. In the women’s final, a repeat of the Olympic Gold medal match hosts Australia went head-to-head against rivals New Zealand.
The two outstanding female 7s teams in recent years underlined once more the high standard of women’s rugby. While the Aussie women won the battle in Rio two year’s ago, the Silver Ferns left the pitch victoriously this time after an extra-time thriller. Kelly Brazier was New Zealand’s hero as she ran 80 metres to score the winning try to win 17-12.
England’s 7s teams also finished the tournament with silverware, as both teams won Bronze. Simon Amor’s men's team beat top favourites South Africa 21-14, while the women’s overcame Canada 24 -19 in a replay of the Olympic Bronze final.
The Australian women’s team kicked-off their home tournament with a clean-sweep of victories, to set up a quarter-final with Spain after the first day of the Sydney 7s.
New Zealand's three wins sets up a meeting with Ireland while Canada will play France.
USA and Russia complete the last eight.
The Challenge Trophy semi-finals are England v Papua New Guinea and Japan v Fiji.
With the Rugby World Cup Sevens just over six months away in San Francisco teams will not only be battling it out for the HSBC Sydney Sevens title but also crucial Rugby World Cup Sevens seedings points that will determine the draw for the tournament.
As the sun set in Sydney eight men's matches started the third leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with the Blitzboks, New Zealand and Australia impressing.
In Pool C defending series champions racked up a half-century of points against Papua New Guinea. New Zealand were in a clinical mood against Russia and ran in nine tries in Pool A whilst Fiji prevailed over Samoa.
The other Pool C clash saw England start their campaign with a 22-10 victory and both France and Argentina opened their accounts with victories in Pool B.
Australia and the USA were involved in the toughest tussle of day one with the hosts prevailing 26-19 thanks to Tim Anstee's length-of-the-field try and Scotland finished the day on a high note with a 52-2 victory over Canada.
Argentina beat New Zealand, Wales nearly topple SouthAfrica, and hosts USA go two from two on day one at the HSBC USA Sevens
The fifth leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 in Las Vegas opened in front of a buoyant crowd today. Fans enjoyed a bumper afternoon of the HSBC USA Sevens as all 16 teams ran out for two of their three Pool games at the Sam Boyd Stadium.
Highlights of the 2018 opener included a 26-19 win for fifth place Argentina over second place New Zealand in Pool D and a battle to the end between a young Wales side and top-of-the-table South Africa in Pool B where a 21-21 draw was toppled in the last minute by a try from Blitzbok’s Will Talbot-Davies for an eventual score of 26-21.
Hosts USA secured convincing wins over Samoa (26-12) and Australia (28-7) in Pool C. England, Argentina, Samoa, Fiji and South Africa also secured two from two at the close of business.
Reigning series champions South Africa were one of four teams to achieve a perfect win record on day two in Sydney.
They join Argentina, Fiji and Australia as the unbeaten sides heading into the last eight after a second day of top quality rugby in the Australian sunshine. South Africa are currently on track to defend their title in Sydney and will face Kenya in the Cup quarter-finals. Fiji will face the USA while Argentina play England. New Zealand, tournament winners in Cape Town, will face off against their local rivals Australia.
Rosko Specman scored five tries in the pool stages and was pleased with his side's start to the tournament. “It's a good start for us, as in Cape Town we started too slowly and did not make the final," he said. "Here in Sydney we are focused on the basics because we know we can punish teams if we play to our game plan.”
The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals will be Samoa v Canada, Papua New Guinea v Wales, Scotland v Russia and France v Spain.
USA, Fiji, Argentina and South Africa through to the Cup Semi-Finals of the HSBC USA Sevens
The Eagles, unbeaten so far in Las Vegas, followed with a 17-12 win over England in front of a packed and vibrant crowd.
In the third quarter-final, Argentina went head to head with Kenya, the Argentinians securing a 17-12 victory and a clean sheet on day one and two.
The final Cup quarter-final saw current series leaders South Africa overpower Australia with a 29-17 score line.
The fiercely contested Cup quarter-finals give fans a stellar semi-final line up tomorrow as Fiji face USA, and Argentina face South Africa whilst New Zealand, England, Kenya and Australia all compete for 5th place in Las Vegas.
Speaking of the day’s action and their place in the Cup semi-finals USA Captain Ben Pinkelman reflected on four wins from four and a home semi-final in Las Vegas. “We came into this tournament knowing we’ve made the semi-final three years in a row and it was all about taking that next step. So we're just going to come out, stick to our game-plan and hopefully, we will be able to make it all the way to that Cup.”
In the Challenge Trophy France, Scotland, Wales and Canada all progressed to Sunday’s semi-finals after wins over Uruguay, Russia, Samoa and Spain respectively. France will face Wales in the first Trophy semi-final and Scotland will face Canada in the second. In the battle for 13th place, Uruguay will open proceedings against Samoa on Sunday at 1100, followed by Russia v Spain.
Australia beat South Africa 29-0 in the Cup final to take the HSBC Sydney Sevens title.
The victory secured a clean sweep for the host nation after Australia’s women beat New Zealand in their Cup final earlier on in the day.
It marked the men’s first Cup win since Japan in 2012 and Andy Friend’s side put on a clinical display on day three in front of an enraptured home crowd at the Allianz Stadium.
A brace from Ben O’Donnell combined with scores from Lewis Holland, James Stannard and John Porch.
Lachlan Anderson, an emerging talent within the team, was voted HSBC Player of the Final and was naturally delighted with the result after the full-time whistle.
“It is still hard to take it in and it is pretty special, but we have been talking about this for a long time," he said. “We started the work last July and drew a line in the sand as we hadn’t won for a while. We put the pieces in place and it is great that we got the reward this weekend
South Africa now lead the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 standings and Australia move up to third with seven stops remaining. The teams move swiftly on and will reconvene in Hamilton on 3-4 February.
Argentina was knocked out in the Cup semi-final by the eventual winners yet finished strongly in third after beating the USA 31-10 in the Bronze Final.
France won the Challenge Trophy Final. After a victory over Spain and Russia, they beat Wales 29-12 in their final.
Australia beat New Zealand 31-0 in the Cup final to take the HSBC Sydney Sevens title on home soil.
Tim Walsh’s side went through the tournament without conceding a try, a first in the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, and produced a clinical display in the Trans-Tasman Cup Final.
A try from HSBC Player of the Final Charlotte Caslick combined with scores from Shannon Parry, Ellia Green, Evania Pelite and Emma Sykes to secure a memorable victory on home soil.
After the full-time whistle the World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year 2016, Caslick, was naturally delighted with the winner's performance over the course of the three days.
“It was a fantastic way to finish the tournament here in Sydney in front of our home crowd especially as New Zealand are so tough to beat," she said. "Our coach Tim Walsh wanted a better defensive effort in this tournament as it was not up to par last year, so we have worked really hard on it and we finished without conceding a try which is awesome.”
In the Bronze Final Canada also delivered a clinical showing to take a 40-12 victory over Russia. France secured fifth position, Ireland finished in seventh and on day two England won the Challenge Trophy Final.
After back-to-back tournament wins in Dubai and Sydney Australia are now ten points clear of New Zealand, Canada and Russia in the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 standings. There are three stops remaining and the teams will regroup next in Kitakyushu on 21-22 April.
Winning their second ever Cup final, the first in 2015 at the London Sevens, Mike Friday’s men thrilled the crowds and held opponents Argentina to a zero score line after another blockbuster day of rugby in Las Vegas.
USA, unbeaten in the weekend’s tournament, outplayed Fiji in the Cup semi-final 19-7 and faced stiff opposition in Argentina who also went into the game with a clean sheet and a well-worked 12-10 victory over South Africa. Eager to improve on last year’s Bronze finish in Vegas, USA secured a 28-0 victory with Perry Baker getting their first points on the board. Barrett’s first try followed and two successful conversions from Folau Niua gave the hosts a 14-0 halftime lead. Barrett added his second score straight out of the gates and after holding firm USA added a fourth and final try through Carlin Isles, Niua successfully kicking four from four to seal an emphatic victory at full time.
On a momentous day for USA Sevens, head coach Mike Friday said, “Credit to the men in the arena they were outstanding, they went out there and executed. They’ve executed all three days but especially today we had to change tactics for the Fiji semi we then had to readjust for the Final everyone delivered and that’s great to see. This is a total squad effort and I’m lucky to have such a great bunch of players and support staff.
“We want to show the sporting landscape in the USA what rugby can be and how that fits within the American landscape and this hopefully will touch and reach a lot of sports fans who realise they’ve got another national team that they can be proud of and that they can support.”
HSBC Player of the Final, Barrett added, ”It's such a team effort, we've worked so hard for so long. Three straight years in a semi-final in Las Vegas and to come here, missing our captain and missing a number of players, it's just so amazing to win on home soil. A second Cup final ever for the USA and it feels great to be at home."
It was day full of breath-taking action as Fiji, champions in New Zealand, beat South Africa 26-22 in the Bronze Final, whilst France secured the Challenge Trophy with a 26-19 win over Canada.
With just eight pool matches played in the men's world series on day one it was Spain who grabbed the headlines with their first victory over Australia since Las Vegas in 2013. Pablo Feijoo’s side clinched a memorable 17-12 win over Australia, when Ignacio Martin Goenaga’s scored off the last play of the game. It was his second try of the match after Inaki Villanueva had opened their account during the first minute.
Scotland also ran in a last gasp score against England to take a narrow 22-19 victory, following over 70 seconds of phase play ending with Lee Jones going over the whitewash.
Elsewhere Fiji kept their hopes of a fourth consecutive Hong Kong title on track with a convincing 31-12 victory over Samoa, while Kenya's Willy Ambaka scored his 100th try on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as they beat Canada 33-10.
South Africa and New Zealand both showcased the strength of their squads with 36-5 and 45-0 victories respectively over Russia and South Korea. Day two commences with Argentina, runners-up in Las Vegas and Cape Town, taking on France at 11.14am local time (GMT+8).
The men’s World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier is running parallel to the 16-team HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 main event. Twelve teams are battling it out with the winner taking the prestigious prize of core team status for 2019.
After two rounds of pool matches Uruguay, Ireland, Uganda and Germany all are two from two. Ireland accumulated the most points of the quartet following a 41-5 result against the Cook Islands and a 26-0 victory over Jamaica. Germany, last season's finalists in the tournament, were pushed by hosts Hong Kong before a securing a 20-point win over Zimbabwe. Jamaica and the Cook Islands will open proceedings on day two at 9.00am local time (GMT+8) with two unbeaten sides, Ireland and Uruguay, going head-to-head directly after in Pool G.
The first six matches on Saturday will decide the complexion of the Cup quarter-finals and they will finish the day at 6.18pm local time.
Spain booked their spot in the Cup quarter-finals for only the second time in their history on day two at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
Head coach Pablo Feijoo's side will face series leaders South Africa in the final eight on a sold-out Sunday in Hong Kong, their first Cup appearance since London in 2012. The Cup quarter-finals are as follows:
Fiji v Argentina - 10:58hrs (GMT+8)
South Africa v Spain - 11:20hrs
USA v New Zealand - 11:42
Kenya v Scotland - 12:07
“We are working well," said Spain captain Francisco Hernandez. "The Pool was very tough for us but to get into the Cup quarter-finals during the season makes us very happy."
The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, that start Sunday’s order of play, will be Samoa v France, England v Australia, Wales v Russia and Canada v South Korea.
Four teams are closing in on a spot on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 after the semi-finals were confirmed in the Hong Kong qualifier.
Semi-finals confirmed for men's qualifier in Hong Kong
Germany, Chile, Japan and Ireland remain in the race for a place as a core team on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019
After two days of thrilling action, just four teams remain as Germany face Chile, and Japan take on Ireland in the qualifier semi-finals on Sunday. The action will kick off at 12.32hrs (GMT+8).
The qualifier, which runs parallel to the world series event in Hong Kong, draws in sell-out crowds with the prospect of world series core team status up for grabs. The 15th placed team in the world series will be relegated at the end of the series in June and replaced with the winner of the qualifier here in Hong Kong.
Chile and Germany both made the final four last year, while Japan will be looking to bounce back after being relegated from the world series last May. Ireland however find themselves in unfamiliar territory but head coach Anthony Eddy remains cautious of opponents their opponents.
"They're a good side. They've got World Series experience as well so we'll have to be on our game tomorrow morning to compete against them."
Germany and Uganda opened the quarter-finals former overpowered their opponents. They put four tries on the board, including a brace from Marvin Dieckmann, and last season’s finalists in this competition will now face Chile for another place in the final.
Chile broke the home crowd’s hearts as they put Hong Kong out of the running for core team status next season. Benjamín De Vidts’ two scores plus a score from 90 metres helped to secure their 24-12 victory.
The other side of the draw saw Japan dominate possession against Uruguay. Josefa Lilidamu impressed both in attack and defence during their 26-12 win.
The final team to book a place in the last four were Ireland. They have conceded just ten points in the competition so far and scored after just 20 seconds in their quarter-final. John O'Donnell's try was the first of six in total.
The deciding day will kick off at 12.32pm local time (GMT+8) with the final taking place at 4.30pm. Follow the denouement of the competition on worldrugby.org and facebook.com/worldrugby.
Fiji secured their second consecutive title at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens after they beat Kenya 24-12.
In a repeat of last month's final in Vancouver, Fiji ran in four tries to move within just three points of series leaders South Africa in the overall standings and take their third tournament win of the 2018 world series.
Two yellow cards in the first half for Kenya's Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka allowed the Pacific islanders to take a 17-0 lead at half-time. Despite tries from Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma in the second half, Fiji were uncatchable and cemented their reputation in Hong Kong as the team to beat.
"I'd like to thank my boys for the team effort and thank the Kenyan team for a good game,” said Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai. “Hong Kong is always special for us, we respect and honour the tradition that Fiji has with the Hong Kong Sevens."
South Africa claimed the bronze medal after beating New Zealand 29-7 and Argentina beat USA 14-12 to secure fifth. The Challenge Trophy winners were France, beating Canada 33-7.
With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just over 100 days away, the seedings for the tournament will be confirmed on Wednesday as excitement builds for the competition in San Francisco on July 20-22.
The world series will head to Singapore on April 28/29 after stopping by the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next weeken
Japan secure place on HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019
Japan has been promoted to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 after beating Germany in the annual world series qualifier in Hong Kong.
After three days of pulsating action, head coach Damian Karauna’s side finished up 19-14 winners against a powerful German outfit, who have suffered their second qualifier final defeat in as many years.
The victory in front of a packed Hong Kong Stadium means Japan will become one of the 15 core teams contesting the 10-round world series, beginning next December.
“I think that it’s great for us," said Karauna. "We’ve worked really hard to get back and we’ve just got to get that consistency now and keep up with the world series teams. It means a lot and we’ve had a lot of support here which has been great for us.”
In the final, Japan crossed first before Germany took a 14-5 lead into the break after tries from Johnathon Dawe and Bastian Himmer. With less than 15-seconds left, Karauna’s team trailed 12-14 but managed to snatch the match-winner through Masahiro Nakano who finished in the corner in front of jubilant Japanese supporters.
Before joining the series they will contest the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco on July 20-22 as one of the two Asian qualifier
England had to settle for second place in Pool D after losing to Australia in an enthralling decider in the final match of day one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 opening round in Dubai on Friday, but nothing could take away from Dan Norton's moment of history.
Australia qualified for the Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC Sydney Sevens after a sunny first day of action, while England, Wales and New Zealand stayed unbeaten in the pool stage.
The Australians will face Wales in just their second Cup quarter-final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17. Wales topped their pool after a magnificent win against Fiji, thanks to a hat-trick from Morgan Williams.
England recovered well from last week’s disappointing performance. Three out of three wins, including one over series leaders South Africa and with Dan Norton becoming the second highest try scorer of all-time, England created a dream start to the tournament. They will face Argentina in the Cup quarter-finals on day two of the men's event.
New Zealand will play Fiji after they managed three victories against Scotland, Papua New Guinea and hosts Australia. USA will challenge South Africa in the Cup quarter-finals. The Americans lost to Russia in the opening game but won the remaining matches against Canada and Argentina.
Meanwhile, Kenya will play Russia, Scotland face Samoa, Canada meet Japan and France take on Papua New Guinea in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals on Sunday.
Sydney Sevens Men's | Cup Quarter-Finals
ENGLAND v ARGENTINA
NEW ZEALAND v FIJI
USA v SOUTH AFRICA
WALES v AUSTRALIA
Pic: World Rugby
While the men’s tournament continues on Sunday, the women’s competition finished with a breath taking final and a number of great surprises. Olympic Bronze winners Canada beat rivals USA 21-17 to claim their third tournament win, in front of a packed house at the Allianz Stadium.
After a disappointing performance in Dubai, USA shocked New Zealand to reach the final, while Canada overcame top-favourites Australia 12-7 in the second semi-final of the day.
Meanwhile, on a day of shock results, Brazil beat England 17-12 to claim the Challenge Trophy as New Zealand went on to beat their rivals Australia to claim the bronze medal on Saturday.
In the overall standings, New Zealand is now, with 36 points, four points ahead of Australia (32) followed by Canada (30 pts) and Fiji (24 pts). Click here for the full standings.
At the opening day of the Sydney Sevens, hosts Australia, Olympic silver medallists New Zealand and Russia remained unbeaten. The second round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series kicked off early this Friday at the Allianz Stadium.
England’s women disappointed on day one after they failed to qualify for the Cup quarter-finals for the first time ever. James Bailey’s team lost to Russia and USA in their respective Pool C and have to compete for the Challenge Trophy on Saturday. England will face Papua New Guinea in the early hours of the second tournament day.
Ireland and Fiji both qualified for the quarter-finals together with France, New Zealand and Canada.
Sydney Sevens Cup Quarter-Finals
New Zealand v France
Ireland v USA
Australia v Fiji
Russia v Canada
You can follow the Sydney Sevens women's tournament live here.
They’ve done it again! South Africa underlined their hot-favourite status with the third tournament win this season, following a 29-14 win against England in the final of the Sydney Sevens.
The Blitzboks played in all four finals of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2016/17. They faced England for the second time in a final this season and while England managed to beat South Africa on their home ground in December, this time it was all about the men in green.
Once again it was Seabelo Senatla who led the team with an incredible performance throughout the past two days. This was the last tournament for the HSBC Player of the Final as Senatla will join Super Rugby franchise Stormers.
Tries from captain Philip Snyman, Senatla and Justin Geduld went unanswered in the first half plus another one from Geduld in the second half sealed the game early. England captain Tom Mitchell as well as Dan Norton scored in the second half but it was too little too late.
Meanwhile, New Zealand beat Australia to claim bronze while Russia walked away with the Challenge Trophy in Sydney after beating France, 26-0.
After four rounds, South Africa leads the table with 85 points, followed by England (68 pts), Fiji (64 pts) and New Zealand (56 pts).
The series now moves to Las Vegas next month for the fifth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which again joins up with the women's series.