The Dream Team from the Women’s 7s event in Japan included three New Zealanders, two from Fiji, and two from Canada. These were:
Portia Woodman, NZ
Ana Maria Roquica, Fiji
Ghislaine Landry, Canada
Ruby Tui, NZ
Miriama Naiobasali, Fiji
Kelley Brazier, NZ
Julia Greenshields, Canada
The Black Ferns beat Canada in the finals.
Next event is May 27 and May 28 in Langford, Canada.
New Zealand Women continued their 2016/2017 roll toward the HSBC World Rugby 7s championship with a narrow 17-14 victory over a stubborn Canadian side to win a gold medal in Japan. It represented the Black Ferns’ third cup win of the four-game circuit, advancing their leading total to 76 points, ten in front of second place Australia.
The Australians finished third for the bronze medal with a... Read More
The USA Women lost to Fiji 26-19 after leading 12-5 at the half. The USA scored on tries from Kristen Thomas and Naya Tapper with one Kelter conversion.
But the Eagles' defense broke down in the second half, allowing the strong Fijians to run in 21 points with three tries and three conversions. Fiji lead 26-12 as the Eagles scored one last try but it was too late.
Fiji to play New Zealand while... Read More
The USA Women advanced into the Japan tournament eight team qualifying round finishing 2-1 in Pool C behind Canada. The Eagles enjoyed an easy, second game against England, defeating the Red Roses 27-5 after being up 17-5 at half time. In the second period, the Eagles added on ten points with tries coming from new scorers Gray and Durbin.
In the final game of Pool C, the Canadians won 29-12,... Read More
The USA Women's Eagles defeated Spain 19-10 after being up 19-0 at the break. Thomas scored after two minutes under the posts making an easy conversion for Alev Kelter. Score 7-0. Kelter wrong footed the last defender to score the team's second try, also under the posts where she converted for the second time. Score 14-0. Griffin scored at the death to make it 19-0. Spain, which saw no ball in... Read More
In 1991, the IRB (World Rugby) organized its first Women’s World Cup in Cardiff, Wales, won by the USA Eagles, who beat England 19-6 in the final. The Eagles went undefeated in the inaugural event, winning against the Netherlands (7-0) and the USSR (46-0) in the opening pool round. Then, they defeated New Zealand 7-0 in the semis. This last victory avenged the team’s only Test match loss, a 1990’... Read More
This year’s National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Women’s 7’s National Championship will feature sixteen teams who qualified through their conference championships and an at-large bid process.
In 2014, only six teams participated in the inaugural championship after weeks of intense negotiation and coordination. This year, close to seventy teams participated in the 7’s... Read More
The HSBC World Rugby 2016/2017 Women’s 7s tournament moves to Kitakyushu, Japan, this weekend (April 22 and 23) for round four. This is the first occasion that Japan has hosted an official Women’s 7s circuit event. It’s part of the national preparation to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup throughout the nation.
After three events, New Zealand lead with 56 points, followed by last year’s victor... Read More
I've looked into the crystal ball to see the future of our men's and women's Olympic programs, and it isn't pretty. The Men’s 7s Eagles are enjoying another fantastic year under head coach Mike Friday, which is why it might be difficult to look past the lipstick and see the warts. But they’re there, and if something’s not done to peek behind the mask of current success, a crash is imminent.
Under... Read More
Japanese women booked a core team spot in next season's HSBC World Rugby 2017-2018 Women's Sevens circuit by going undefeated in six matches at the Hong Kong 7s Qualifying Championship. The Lady Brave Blossoms will replace the last place (12th) squad in this year's, six venue Women's circuit.
Japan defeated improving South Africa 22-10 in the final.
Here are the results of the second day:
Quarter... Read More