As we all know, from time to time, life takes some unexpected twists and turns. One of the Bamboos most regular players, Alex Onyeahasi certainly didn’t expect to return to Germany that quickly when the team departed from Stuttgart to fly back to Heathrow after an eventful appearance at the countries biggest 7s tournament AMS Sevens last month.
However, the club Neckarsulm SU, hosts of the tournament, were very eager to find and sign a utility back for the upcoming season in Germany’s premier rugby league after the first-choice flyhalf left the club towards the end of last season.
In partnership with Germany’s most active and biggest touring side, the Bataillon d'Amour, the Bamboos women’s and men’s team will compete at the country’s largest 7s festival this summer.
The AMS Sevens tournament held in the south of Germany near Stuttgart hosts each year over 35 teams from 14 nations and takes place from the 20th to 22nd of July.
Aiming to expand the Bamboos profile, this new partnership is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to new oversea markets. The Bataillon are on an ambitious mission to bring players from all paths together to share the passion for the sport. Founder Jakob Seifert launched the project in 2014 and has since then managed to build a strong reputation and a remarkable fellowship. Besides plenty of 7s tournaments, the team also competes at Beach Rugby and 15s tournaments all over Europe each year.
At the AMS Sevens, six male and female players from each team, will form the competing squads for the weekend. The aim is to make this connection a long-lasting one, providing more opportunities for both clubs to approach new projects together, said Bamboos founder Max Lueck.
Germany’s 7s scene is growing extremely fast, thanks to a very successful national side and a very active community. Last year, Munich hosted the first-ever international 7s tournament with the Octoberfest 7s at the Olympic Stadium.
Batallion d' Amour | Facebook page
AMS Sevens | Website
The Bamboos Women’s and Men’s players are off to Germany this weekend to compete at the countries biggest tournament, the AMS Sevens in Neckarsulm near Stuttgart. In a unique project, the Bamboos have joined forces with Germany’s biggest touring side Bataillon d’ Amour in order to form an invitational team consisting of players from both countries. The teams will play under the name Bataillon d’ Bamboos.
Early this year, Bataillon founder Jakob Seifert and Chairman of 7 Bamboos RFC Max Lueck came together to plan this exciting corporation with the aim to build a long-term link between Germany and Britain. With the help of a Crowdfunding campaign and many supporters, they’ve raised over 3000 Euros in order to realise the partnership.
Admittingly, the following article is not directly 7s-related, however, the close connections between German rugby and the Bamboos as well as the extraordinary developments, makes it well worth reporting.
While many rugby fans around the globe most likely followed the events at Twickenham, Cardiff and Edinburgh last weekend, in the south of France, Kenya, Canada, Hong Kong and Germany, were fighting for the very last spot at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Pic: Jan Perlich
The German 7s team has won the European Championships at the second tournament of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series (GPS) in Poland. Germany, coached by former Blitzbok Vuyo Zangqa won the final tournament stayed unbeaten throughout the weekend in Lodsz and consequently secured the overall victory in the two-legged European series.
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Four teams surged into the Cup quarter-finals with unbeaten records following a high-quality day at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
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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.
Hong Kong Sevens | Results Day 1
Hong Kong Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
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.
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.
Hong Kong Sevens | Results Day 2
Hong Kong Sevens | Fixtures Day 3
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 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
Hong Kong Sevens | Results Day 3
Hong Kong Sevens | Standings
Pic: Oktoberfest 7s / Official Facebook Page
South Africa has won the second edition of the Oktoberfest 7s on Sunday in Munich with a 12-10 win over Fiji. A last-minute try in the final by captain Siviwe Soyizwapi secured the title against strong Fijians. New Zealand claimed the third place after beating hosts Germany.
In a few days’ time, another year comes to an end.
2018 has been the fifth year for 7 Bamboos Rugby, and like the previous ones, it has never been short of excitement and special moments:
The Oktoberfest 7s, Germany's first-ever professional top-class invitational tournament, which was launched last year as part of the Oktoberfest in Munich, is set to be cancelled this year. The organisers have published a surprising statement today, in which they explained that in order to fully focus on the successful application of becoming a host for one of the World Sevens Series legs, it is inevitable to cancel this year's tournament.
A decision of the host cities for the next World Sevens Series is expected to be announced in July this year.
Here is the full statement by the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH, the company which manages the tournament:
With deep regret we have to report that in all likelihood we will have to cancel the Oktoberfest 7s 2018 in order to focus on the 2019 event and a long-term series of tournaments.
In 2017 Munich experienced the successful premiere of top class rugby in Germany at the first Oktoberfest 7s, attended by the best national teams in the world. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this invitational tournament, in 2019 Rugby Germany has a realistic chance of becoming host, for the first time, to one of the World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments, of which there are currently ten run by World Rugby. The German Rugby Union has therefore, in conjunction with the operating company Oktoberfest 7s GmbH, submitted an application to World Rugby for the World Rugby Sevens Series from 2019 to 2022. The top priority remains the hosting by Germany of a World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, which would offer greater prospects than an invitational tournament, both in terms of status and associated conditions. Negotiations with World Rugby are currently ongoing. A decision on the future hosts of the World Rugby Sevens Series is expected in July 2018.
The Oktoberfest 7s are organized and run by the operating company Oktoberfest 7s GmbH. This operating company is funded 100% by private investors, who are supporting German rugby and who have the long-term goal of establishing a yearly tournament with an international format in Germany. In 2017 these shareholders brought considerable funds to bear as part of the start-up financing, in order to fund a successful inaugural tournament. In the planning for the 2018 tournament it has become clear that the additional financing, bearing in mind the investment required for possible World Rugby Sevens Series participation from 2019, could only be further borne with difficulty.
While on the one hand the application for the World Rugby Sevens Series represents a very great chance, it also draws the attention of World Rugby and the participating sponsors to the long-term series and away from the event this year. Therefore, after consultation with all the parties involved, the shareholders of the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH have had to take the decision, as it currently stands, to postpone the 2018 tournament by one year, in order to focus all available resources and means on 2019, with immediate effect. At the same time, we are currently in the final phase of negotiations with the possibility of indeed securing the financing for this year. Should this not be possible, we will announce the definite cancellation of the event by the end of May 2018. The ticket sales for 2018 will not start until then.
Together with the city of Munich, the sponsors and all other stakeholders, the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH and the German Rugby Union will concentrate all their efforts, on the application process of the World Rugby Union in the upcoming weeks and months in order to be able to host an official World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in the Olympic Stadium from 2019.
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