Tomorrow, Down Under, starts the Wellington 7s, the third leg of the 2016/2017 World Rugby HSBC tournament with Sydney, Australia, number four, next weekend. The current season's two gold medal winners (no more Cup, Plate, Bowl, and Shield awards) were South Africa in Dubai, and England in Cape Town. They stand atop the leader board with 41 and 39 points. The USA are off to a slow start with 18... Read More
The Wellington Sevens enters its 18th year with the daunting prospect that another sub-par attended event this weekend could be the Sword of Damocles that terminates the city’s long-time hosting. The metrics over the past few years have witnessed an ever-diminishing crowd that comes for the two-day event. This year, a pessimistic estimate is that only 15,000 spectators daily will see the... Read More
A Fiji developmental side won the first South American 7s, beating Argentina 19-6 in Viña del Mar, Chile. Los Pumas had beaten Fiji the week earlier in Uruguay. Fiji took the title on points differential.
More importantly, Uruguay and Chile qualified to play in the Las Vegas 7s (March 3,4, and 5), Vancouver (March 11, 12) and the Hong Kong 7s event in April.
The USA Falcons, comprised of young... Read More
In the post New Year’s period, there is a paucity of rugby matches, and none are listed on the World Rugby web site.
But there is the Viña del Mar sevens this weekend in Chile with eight national sides competing. The same teams played last week in Uruguay’s Playa del Este tournament.
The two pools are:
A: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, USA
B: Canada, Chile, Colombia, Fiji
There are some... Read More
The first 7s tournament of 2017 was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, with a combination of developmental teams from Argentina, Fiji, and the USA, competing against official national sides from other South American countries. For the latter group, the event and this week’s Viña del Mar Sevens in Chile, will determine which two teams will book places in the USA Sevens (March 3,4,5), the Vancouver... Read More
The first sevens event in 2017 is the Punte Del Este Sevens January 6 and 7 in the famous port city of Uruguay. The tournament features matches between countries and also clubs.
The USA sent a Falcons team to the competition. They will compete in Group B with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
The event began in 1999 when, for one year, it was part of the IRB circuit. New Zealand were 42-19 winners... Read More
The 7th Annual Hawaii International Rugby 7s tournament had another successful weekend at Kapiolani Park Rugby Field last Friday and Saturday (December 16 and 17). Competing were 8 Men’s teams and 4 Women’s teams.
The Overall champion and Cup winner were the Titans Rugby Club. The Titans beat Laie Rhinos 29-19 in a very competitive game. The third place was taken by Marist Rugby... Read More
A record setting 109,000 fans attended Cape Town Stadium (Capacity 55,000) this past weekend for the second sevens tournament held in that South African City. (Prior, the event was held in Elizabeth in a smaller venue). Admittedly, the fans came for two-days to root for the Blitzboks to win their second straight tournament (Dubai, last weekend), and also to defend their 2015 Cape Town tournament... Read More
At the completion of the first two rounds of the Men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens held in Dubai and Cape Town, the finding is that the three team from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) so far have demonstrated marked improvements in play. England, winners of Cape Town, in a narrow 19-17 victory over host South Africa, rank number two, while Scotland sit at number four, their highest place... Read More
At the 37th annual Aspen Ruggerfest in 2004, the tournament added a new event, an Over-50 Division, pushing the age limit five-years higher than the previous Over-45 Division, which had once superseded an Over-35 Division. The desire never to hang up the boots must have brought delight to the 50 plus set who would now play against age appropriate opponents.
For many, the history of adding on... Read More