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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
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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It may have been the lowest scoring final in HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series history, but Canada's 7-5 victory over England in the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens final was a nail-biting encounter that was only settled with the final kick of the game at Mikuni World Stadium on Sunday.
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.
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.
Hosts Australia have made the quarter-finals for the last 15 home events but needed to beat South Africa by five points to guarantee qualification for the knockout stages.
With just eight pool matches played in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on day one, it was Dan Norton who grabbed the headlines as he surpassed Collins Injera to become the new all-time leading sevens series try-scorer in Hong Kong.
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Last year The Athlete Factory, founded by former England Sevens and XVs hooker Phil Greening, was proud to host the USA 7s pre-season at the Athlete Factory Training Facility. The international 7s teams of England, France, Ireland, Spain and Germany joined the USA team for a pre-season round of training matches!
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Another round of back-to-back tournaments is done and dusted. The Sydney Sevens, with its double-header has been no disapointment in terms of world-class 7s. There is a lot to take away from the past three days. Here are five lessons we learned, plus the best tries and outstanding players.
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The third edition of the tournament will see hundreds of sevens sides from across England compete to earn the chance to reach national finals in Bath on Saturday, 21 July 2018.
Click here for details on how to register your interest for the competition. The search for the country's best men's and women's amateur sevens sides begins.
The Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series will see 40 local qualifying competitions take place from March 2018 with the winners of each local qualifier progressing to one of four regional play-offs taking place in July 2018.
For a full list of local qualifiers click here.
The next stage is the regional play-offs in July 2018, four competitions to determine which eight men's and women's sides will progress to the national final in Bath.
The showpiece event to decide the country's best team will take place in July at Bath's Recreation Ground with players and fans treated to a sevens festival of live music and great food.
Full rules and regulations can be downloaded from here.
England Rugby has opened a window of opportunity for an online coaching resource to enhance coaches’ knowledge and understanding, specifically applied to sevens.
This innovative digital resource has been developed in conjunction with the England Sevens Head Coach Simon Amor.
The campaign window is now open, and we are excited to offer this opportunity to any coach keen to develop their knowledg.
Once enrolled, you will receive emails, in a staged fashion, which will allow access to video tutorials
These will include 4 chapters: 'Attacking Space', 'Pass/Support/Realignment', and 'The Breakdown' and 'Defensive Principles'.
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