The Spanish Women’s 7s team booked a ticket for Rio’s August Olympics, defeating co-favorite Russia 19-12 in the World Rugby repechage tournament held this past weekend in Dublin.
Spain went through the even undefeated, and had an easy 28-0 win over upset minded Kazakhstan in the semi-final round. Russia defeated a pesky Ireland team 19-10.
Las Leones led the Lady Bears 14-7 at halftime, and each... Read More
The International Olympic Committee must be delighted with the sixteen Women’s rugby sevens teams competing for the final and 12th spot in the Rio Olympics. The repechage tournament will take place in Dublin, at the University College Bowl on this Saturday and Sunday with tickets starting as low as €5 ($6.00).
The IOC appreciation stems from the unusual array of competing countries, many smaller... Read More
The Women’s California Kiwis RFC were formed in 1977, and after going 30-2, decided to tour New Zealand, under the aegis of Kiwi coach, Dave Merito. The tour was scheduled for August 1980 and represented the first American women’s rugby club to tour Down Under.
In those years, women hardly played rugby in New Zealand, so the people experienced a double surprise; women in full rugby kit, and also... Read More
Life won its first-ever major tournament title last week, claiming top billing at USA Rugby’s College 7s National Championships in Cary, N.C., and the Running Eagles backed it up Sunday, winning the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. In both tournaments, Lindenwood stood in their way in the final. Sunday, they beat the Lions 19-10.
“It is just absolutely exciting,” said Life head coach... Read More
With the HSBC Sevens World Series done and dusted, only one hurdle remains before the Olympic pools are settled – the final qualification tournament June 18-19 in Monte Carlo. However, we know the top two seeds of each men’s pools already, and we know what the groups will be given different potential outcomes in Monte Carlo. The women’s pools are still much more convoluted.
The pool seeds are... Read More
The completion of the five-city World Rugby Women's Sevens circuit in 2015/2016 witnessed a surprising Australia as the victor for their first time. With three victories, a second, and a third place finish, the Wallaroos amassed 94-points, significantly outpacing perennial champion New Zealand in second place with 80 points.
New Zealand failed to win a round, a negative milestone for the Black... Read More
The fifth and final round of the 2015/2016 HSBC World Rugby Women's 7 tournament will be played in Clermont-Ferrand, France, starting this Saturday. This event represents the last opportunity to secure maximum points for Olympic placement in Rio when twelve nations will compete for medals in August.
Currently, Australia lead all teams with 76 points, and merely a Plate appearance - or a sixth... Read More
(In March of 1997, the USA Women’s 7s’ team journeyed to the first Hong Kong tournament for women. After going undefeated in Pool play 5-0, they were routed by New Zealand 43-0 in the final. The Black Ferns had also gone 5-0 without ceding a point in the pool 188-0, and finished the event with no points conceded. The USA coach, Emile Signes, provided Rugby Today with an additional anecdote from... Read More
The USA Women’s sevens finished seventh of twelve teams in the HSBC World Rugby Langford, Canada tournament with a disappointing 2-4 record. Two of the four losses were to Spain, a team that had never beaten the Eagles before.
The other two losses were to England and New Zealand, the teams that battled for the Cup, and won by the Red Roses by a wide margin. England’s win broke the Australian... Read More
At Langford, Canada, the USA Women's 7s team advanced into the Cup round - barely - on point differential, beating out Spain, which upset the Eagles in the first round. The USA rebounded in the second game beating Fiji, before losing to New Zealand.
Three nations - USA, Fiji, and Spain - tied with 1-2 records (New Zealand went 3-0) that forced the final decision by point differential.
The USA... Read More