Samoa won the 2016 U20 Junior World Trophy beating Spain 38-32 for the top spot. This year's contest was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, with eight teams, including the USA, which finished fifth.
For the Samoans, this was the first good rugby news in many years. The formerly dominant sevens powerhouses, the overall World Rugby points winner in 2004/2005, dropped to mid pack in the World Rugby Sevens... Read More
Just when you thought about a possible trip to the Rugby World Cup Japan in 2019, suddenly, the media turn to the 2023 RWC tournament. The top two hosting possibilities (Ireland and South Africa) were reduced to one as the South Africa Sports Minister announced that, since some major sports (rugby, cricket, netball, and athletics) in that country had not achieved targeted transformation goals,... Read More
The pools for the Paris 7s, May 13, 14, and 15 are:
POOL A POOL B POOL C POOL D
Kenya Fiji South Africa Argentina
New Zealand Samoa Australia France
Portugal Scotland England USA
Russia Wales Brazil Canada
The USA... Read More
Kenya proved it could with a stellar defeat over Fiji 30-7 to take home the Cup trophy in Singapore. This was the first win for any nation other than Fiji, New Zealand, and South Africa this sevens' season. It took Kenya 140 past tournaments to win their first ever title. The closest game was the semis against Argentina, which Kenya won 15- 12 in dramatic fashion with a penalty drop goal.
The USA... Read More
At the outset, this weekend will not mark the first occasion that Singapore hosted an international sevens circuit tournament. The world’s only Island-City ran this event in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006 before the IRB moved it to Australia.
But now it’s returned, and expectations are high that it will produce near filled stands in the 55,000 National Stadium that features retractable seating.
The... Read More
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset, the outgoing head of the organization, has publicly supported relegation in the annual European Six Nations Championship. His opinion has generated controversy among European rugby federations.
The process of relegation where teams that end on the bottom of the table drop to the next, lower league, has thrived in Europe, especially and historically, among... Read More
The twelve-team lesser Hong Kong Sevens tournament begins Saturday, April 8 and the biggest surprise is that one of the nations competing is the tiny Cayman Islands, part of the British Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II serving as the titular head of the country.
The Caymans are located south of Bermuda and north west of Jamaica. The total population is about 55,000 people. The land mass size... Read More
There are actually two Hong Kong Sevens tournaments next week, the seventh stop on the HSBC World Rugby circuit for sixteen-teams, and also the twelve nations lesser tournament, which determines who will be the new core team next year (2016/2017). In addition, this year's winner also goes to the London Sevens in May.
The twelve teams in their three pools are:
Pool E - Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Cayman... Read More
A men’s championship ended this past weekend in the European Nations Cup (ENC), also known as Six Nations B. Georgia were the event’s winner for the eighth year out of the past ten. The Lelos defeated second place Romania 38-9 in front of an enthusiastic home town crowd that numbered more than 50,000 fans (To view the match on You Tube access: https://youtu.be/ox_3hc-V_qA).
The two-years, 2015/... Read More
In a previous column this week, I wrote that slotting for the three-pool Rio Olympics would arise from the final point standings in the 2015/2016 HSBC World Rugby Sevens series. This was erroneous. My usually reliable European rugby organization source made a mistake.
The true Rio 12-team placement stems from last year's and this year's results for the four top teams from 2014/2015... Read More