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Following a historic weekend of women’s rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games and just six days later, the 12 women’s teams are back in action 4500 miles away from the Gold Coast, in Kitakyushu, Japan.
At the Commonwealth Games, the Black Ferns won Gold in the most dramatic fashion after an extra-time thriller against their fiercest rivals Australia. It was the perfect revenge for the loss in the Olympic final two years ago. The stage is set for another fascinating contest between those two 7s powerhouses.
The Aussie 7s girls are currently 10 points ahead of New Zealand, Canada and Russia in the table and the Japan leg is a crucial one in terms of the last two tournaments after this weekend. Can Australia set themselves apart or will the race be wide open following Sunday’s final? Loads of exciting questions to be answered.
The Kitakyushu Sevens takes place at the Mikuni World Stadium (Capacity 15,000) on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of April.
The matches kick-off Saturday 10:30 (02:30 UK time) and Sunday at 10:30 local time (02:30 UK time).
For a full fixture list click here.
In the UK Sky Sports will cover the tournament on Sunday. For a full TV guide click here, for any other country check out this handy guide.
The Aussies are leading the table but had to concede a painful defeat at the Commonwealth Games last weekend. In addition, they are missing their star-trio Charlotte Caslick, Sharni Williams and Ellia Green. Although the team has a lot of quality in their squad, competing without those three makes things much harder.
This shall give New Zealand even more confidence to go all the way and bag the 20 valuable points by winning the first series tournament this year. England also played a strong tournament in Australia last weekend, winning Bronze in the final against Canada. Can they cause another upset?
One of the reason for England’s good form is Jess Breach. She scored nine tries in Sydney and is the one to watch in Kitakyushu!
Women's World Sevens Series | Standings
Women's World Sevens Series | Fixtures Kitakyushu
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All eyes on the #USA7s. With a few weeks to go, the build-up is in full swing. Remember this classic?
☝️ At the #USA7s in 2016 Bryan Habana scored his first try for the @Blitzboks on a sevens pitch. Only 13 days until more sevens superstars turn on the magic in Vegas pic.twitter.com/NhJIeYaIII— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) February 17, 2018
☝️ At the #USA7s in 2016 Bryan Habana scored his first try for the @Blitzboks on a sevens pitch. Only 13 days until more sevens superstars turn on the magic in Vegas pic.twitter.com/NhJIeYaIII
Some of the nicest offloads from the #NZ7s in Hamilton
Which player made the most impactful OFFLOAD during the second legs of the @WorldRugby7s Series in Sydney and Hamilton? 🙌🏽 🏉 📲 Comment the number of your favourite below1⃣ Ignacio Martin Goenaga2⃣ Gayle Broughton3⃣ Kalione Nasoko#DHLImpactPlayer pic.twitter.com/uos7AAnoCb— DHL Rugby (@DHLRugby) February 14, 2018
Which player made the most impactful OFFLOAD during the second legs of the @WorldRugby7s Series in Sydney and Hamilton? 🙌🏽 🏉 📲 Comment the number of your favourite below1⃣ Ignacio Martin Goenaga2⃣ Gayle Broughton3⃣ Kalione Nasoko#DHLImpactPlayer pic.twitter.com/uos7AAnoCb
What a beauty by Scotland 7s.
More of this at the #USA7s please 🙌 Not long now until the sevens comes into town. Who's ready for Las Vegas? pic.twitter.com/cL0DpdQykF— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) February 19, 2018
More of this at the #USA7s please 🙌 Not long now until the sevens comes into town. Who's ready for Las Vegas? pic.twitter.com/cL0DpdQykF
One of the reasons for the success of the Australian Women's 7s team is their incredible work rate. Need a proof?
View this post on Instagram Ring the bell 🔔 Welcome to the 200kg squat club, Vani! 👏🏼🏋🏼♀️ A post shared by AU 7s (@aussie7s) on Feb 18, 2018 at 10:10pm PST
Ring the bell 🔔 Welcome to the 200kg squat club, Vani! 👏🏼🏋🏼♀️
A post shared by AU 7s (@aussie7s) on Feb 18, 2018 at 10:10pm PST
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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.
Gold medal Match | New Zealand 14 - 0 Fiji
Bronze Medal Match | Canada 19 - 24 England
Semi-finals | England 12-17 New Zealand
South Africa 19-24 Fiji
5th-6th | Australia 26-0 Scotland
7th-8th | Kenya 24-28 Wales
5th-8th | Australia 33-5 Kenya
5th-8th | Scotland 19-12 Wales
Gold medal Match | Australia 12-17 New Zealand
Bronze Medal Match | Canada 19-24 England
Semi-finals | Australia 33-7 Canada
Semi-finals | New Zealand 26-5 England
5th-6th | Fiji 40-5 Kenya
7th-8th | South Africa 14-19 Wales
5th-8th | Fiji 40-12 South Africa
5th-8th | Kenya 14-12 Wales
Picture: www.rugby.com.au / StuartWalmsley
On the first-ever Commonwealth Games women’s 7s tournament, the hosts, and Olympic gold medallists Australia underlined their high ambitions to go for gold again after remaining unbeaten on day one of the two-day competition.
The Aussie women’s team started the day in style at the Robina Stadium with a confident 34-5 victory over Wales before beating England in a more even contest 12-29. After two matches played, Australia leads their Group B, followed by Fiji, who despite a 5-17 loss in their opening match against England, finished the day in the second position after beating Wales 7-29.
The Welsh ladies suffered from the absence of their inspirational captain Philippa Tuttiett who has been ruled out just before the tournament due to an injury and finish the day at the bottom of the table. Third-placed England plays their rivals Wales tomorrow in the last pool match, while Fiji faces Australia.
Into the history books for @NZ7s' @PortiaWoodman as she shows freak athleticism to score first hat-trick for a women's sevens player at #GC2018 #gc2018rugbysevens pic.twitter.com/rWt8MDechj— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) April 13, 2018
Into the history books for @NZ7s' @PortiaWoodman as she shows freak athleticism to score first hat-trick for a women's sevens player at #GC2018 #gc2018rugbysevens pic.twitter.com/rWt8MDechj
In Pool 1, New Zealand has been the outstanding team. The Kiwis began their campaign with two clean sheets, beating Kenya 45-0 and South Africa 41-0, more than enough to enter day two in top position.
Olympic Bronze winners Canada also impressed with a 29-0 victory over South Africa and a 24-12 win over Kenya. New Zealand will go head-to-head against the North Americans to determine the winner of Pool 2. Kenya and South Africa are battling for the third place in tomorrows final group match.
The tournament resumes tomorrow morning (12:31 AM, BST) with the men’s competition. The Aussie 7s men’s team face Samoa in the opening match of day 2.
00:31 - 00:47
Men's Pool Round - Pool B
AUS V SAM
00:53 - 01:09
ENG V JAM
01:15 - 01:31
Men's Pool Round - Pool C
CAN V KEN
01:37 - 01:53
NZ V ZAM
01:59 - 02:15
Men's Pool Round - Pool D
WAL V UGA
02:21 - 02:37
FIJ V SRI
02:43 - 02:59
Men's Pool Round - Pool A
SCO V PNG
03:05 - 03:21
SA V MAS
03:27 - 03:43
Women's Pool Round - Pool A
SA V KEN
03:49 - 04:05
NZ V CAN
04:11 - 04:27
AUS V JAM
04:33 - 04:49
ENG V SAM
04:55 - 05:11
CAN V ZAM
05:17 - 05:33
NZ V KEN
08:31 - 08:47
WAL V SRI
08:53 - 09:09
FIJ V UGA
09:15 - 09:31
SCO V MAS
09:37 - 09:53
SA V PNG
09:59 - 10:15
Women's Pool Round - Pool B
ENG V WAL
10:21 - 10:37
AUS V FIJ
10:43 - 10:59
SAM V JAM
11:05 - 11:21
ENG V AUS
11:27 - 11:43
KEN V ZAM
11:49 - 12:05
12:11 - 12:27
UGA V SRI
12:33 - 12:49
FIJ V WAL
12:55 - 13:11
PNG V MAS
13:17 - 13:33
SA V SCO
Commonwealth Games | Rugby Sevens Website
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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.
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.
Sydney Sevens | Results Day 1
Sydney Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
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.
Sydney Sevens | Men's | Results Day 3
Sydney Sevens | Women's | Results Day 3
Nicole Heavirland ran in two tries as USA defeated Australia 26-7 in the Cup final in Glendale to triumph on home soil for the first time on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
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New Zealand completed a golden month of rugby sevens with a scintillating display of power and precision to beat series leaders Australia 46-0 to successfully defend their HSBC Canada Women's Sevens title.
The HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2018 title race is set for an enthralling conclusion in Paris next month after New Zealand produced 14 minutes of sublime sevens to beat Australia 46-0 in the final of the HSBC Canada Women's Sevens in Langford on Sunday.
The Black Ferns Sevens were simply untouchable in the final. They starved series leaders Australia of possession and met any attack they tried to put together with an impenetrable black wall in defence, while with ball in hand they were mesmerising and clinical, turning virtually every foray into Australia's half in points.
It was the 13th time the most dominant teams in series history had met in a Cup final and it was a complete reverse of their last. Australia that day ran out 31-0 winners in Sydney, the first time New Zealand had failed to score a single point in a match. This time it was New Zealand's turn to shut out their opponents and record their highest score against Australia by some margin.
USA finished strongly to claim the bronze medal with a 21-5 victory over Kitakyushu runners-up France. Les Bleues had scored first after some quick work from Camille Grassineau at the breakdown led to a try for Caroline Drouin. The score looked set to stay at 5-0 until, on the stroke of half-time, Naya Tapper stepped round her defender and raced away to send the USA into the huddle with a two-point lead. Some great work and strength from Alev Kelter created a try for Katherine Zackary and it was fitting left to the USA playmaker to then create one for herself at the death.
A hat-trick from Farella ensured the home fans went home happy after Canada beat Ireland 29-12 to finish fifth. There were only seconds on the clock when she ran in her first try with Hannah Darling adding a second soon after. Audrey O'Flynn did cross for Ireland but Farella was in scintillating form on Sunday and raced home from distance twice more before Charity Williams also showed Canada's fans that long-range tries are her forte as well.
Japan created a piece of history in winning the Challenge Trophy, their 26-21 victory over Spain meaning they finish a series event with three wins to their names. Tries by Iera Echebarria and Uri Barrutieta looked to have Spain in control at 14-7, but a brace from captain Chiharu Nakamura saw Japan the front for the first time. Echebarria grabbed a second to tie things up once more, but there was to be one final twist with Tomomi Kozasa scoring the winning try with time almost up.
Canada 7s | Results Day 2
World Sevens Series | Standings
New Zealand finished the pool stages as the only unbeaten team at the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens after Spain beat Australia for the first time in five years and China reached a first-ever Cup quarter-final.
New Zealand were the only unbeaten team on a day of upsets at the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan on Saturday with Spain and Fiji joining them in the Cup quarter-finals as pool winners.
The Black Ferns Sevens will now face first-time Cup quarter-finalists China in the opening match on Sunday at 10:30 local time (GMT+9) after the Chinese marked their return to the series for the first time since 2014-15 with a 24-12 win over Ireland to finish as the best third-placed team across the three pools.
Spain became the first team to beat Olympic champions Australia in the 2018 series, ending their run of 14 consecutive victories after an impressive fight-back was completed by Maria Ribera's last-gasp try for a 17-14 win in the Pool A decider.
That loss means that Australia will face Fiji in a mouth-watering Cup quarter-final after the Pacific Islanders recovered from an opening defeat to Canada to beat both Russia and England to top Pool A and reach the quarter-finals for the first time this season.
Russia and England still advanced to the quarter-finals – where they will face France and Spain respectively – but Canada miss out for the first time in series history and will instead play Ireland in the Challenge Trophy.
They will be joined in that competition by neighbours USA, who were set to advance to the quarter-finals as one of the best third-placed teams until they conceded a third try against Japan at the death, a score that meant England guaranteed a top-eight finish. USA will now face Japan again in the other Challenge Trophy semi-final.
Kitakyushu | Results Day 1
Kitakyushu | Fixtures Day 2
New Zealand were popular winners with the Japanese crowd after the world champions beat first-time Cup finalists France 24-12 to complete a successful defence of the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens title on Sunday.
The two teams had met in the final match of day one with the Black Ferns Sevens running out convincing 38-7 winners at the Mikuni World Stadium, but the final was a much closer affair and only settled after late scores by Portia Woodman and HSBC Player of the Final Tyla Nathan-Wong.
New Zealand had lost Niall Williams to injury before the final but they made the perfect start with Michaela Blyde scoring in the opening minute. However, France regrouped and some good link play between captain Fanny Horta and Marjorie Mayans down the left created an opportunity they were unable to turn into the points due to the pace of Woodman.
Les Bleues did draw level after a period of possession with some quick hands allowing Camille Grassineau to touch down under the posts, but New Zealand edged ahead once more when Theresa Fitzpatrick broke through to score on the stroke of half-time to make it 12-7.
New Zealand lost Gayle Broughton to the sin-bin early in the second half and in her absence France struck once again through Montserrat Amedee, failing to take the lead for the first time after Jade Le Pesq was unable to add the conversion. The next score would be crucial and it arrived in a familiar fashion, Woodman receiving the ball out wide and her burst of acceleration enough to take her around the French defender and away for the try, leaving Nathan-Wong to make certain of the win with their fourth try.
RE:LIVE: The speedster @PortiaWoodman scores a crucial try in the final of the #Kitakyushu7s to help her side to their second tournament win in Kitakyushu @DHLRugby pic.twitter.com/pyg62wxf9m— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) April 22, 2018
RE:LIVE: The speedster @PortiaWoodman scores a crucial try in the final of the #Kitakyushu7s to help her side to their second tournament win in Kitakyushu @DHLRugby pic.twitter.com/pyg62wxf9m
"There were some massive plays there, the girls really stepped up. We have had a couple of injuries over the last few weeks and to come away with back-to-back golds is pretty special and I can't wait to get home and celebrate with our families," said New Zealand captain Sarah Goss afterwards.
Coach Allan Bunting added: "It is pretty special, we always want to do well and then to do really well at the Commonwealth Games and to back it up here is really satisfying. I think the last couple of weeks we have done a lot of learning and growing and we have got some really good foundations in our programme and those foundations are building towards Tokyo which is great.
The victory sees New Zealand cut Australia's lead in the standings to six points with two rounds to go in Langford and Paris. Russia are a further eight points adrift on 42 after finishing fifth, while France's runners-up finish means they now sit fourth with 40 points with Canada and Spain completing the top six with 32 points.
Kitakyushu | Results Day 2
Australia, Canada and New Zealand finished top of their pools as the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 kicked off at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, on Saturday.
Defending series champions Australia had to recover from 15-0 down at half-time in their Pool A decider with Russia to make it three wins from three at the HSBC USA Women's Sevens and set up a Cup quarter-final with the hosts who finished third in Pool B.
Fans of the highly-successful Australian Women’s Sevens team can look forward to the magnificent five-episode documentary, showing the inside story of the Olympic Gold medal winners.
The documentary takes you back to the start of the team's journey as Australia reached the summit at the Rio Olympic Games and the year that followed. For the first time ever, a camera team has managed to capture such a dedicated and extensive look behind the scenes of a professional women’s rugby team.
The first episode will be shown on Sunday 21st January at 9 PM (Australian time) on Fox Sports 503.
Hold Back The River | TV Schedule
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More than two months have passed since New Zealand won the last round in Sydney and the Black Ferns Sevens will be bidding to win the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens for the third year in a row.
The wait is over! This weekend the HSBC Women’s World Series gets underway with a new exciting stage in the US. The Infinity Park in Glendale (Colorado) hosts, for the first time, a stage of the series. Besides the USA Sevens in Las Vegas and the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco held earlier, it’s the third major 7s event based in the USA within one year. The United States are turning into a real 7s hotspot, underlining the great passion and ambition the nation has developed for the sport in recent years.
Following some speculation, Rugby Australia has today confirmed that Tim Walsh, who is leaving his post as coach of the Australian Women's Sevens side after the Commonwealth Games, replaces Andy Friend.
World Rugby has released a beautiful short documentary featuring one of the most successful 7s coaches in the business. This is the incredible story of the Australian Women's 7s team Tim Walsh.
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