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Fifteens players to play Sevens, a mixed global result: After last autumn's Rugby World Cup, there was speculation as to who and how many of the men's fifteen's players would aspire to join their nation's sevens side in a bid for an Olympic medal. At one time, South Africa's try-scoring wing, speedster Bryan Habana was in line to practice with the Springboks. Two Springboks' test stars that have played sevens this year already are Juan de Jongh and Francois Hougaard. Here at home, Chris Wyles announced his retirement from future Eagles' competitions, stating a desire to make the USA's Sevens team. He debuted at sevens in Hong Kong 2007. Another prominent international name to attempt the cross over is the popular Sonny Bill Williams from the All Blacks World Cup champions. But many Olympic participating nations witnessed no movement from the national XV side.
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Disappointing crossover movement in New Zealand: An article in today's NY Times by stringer Emma Stoney detailed the lack of interest of many of the All Blacks' fifteen players from considering a try out for the stellar sevens team coached by Gordon Tietjens. Here’s the rub; an All Black jersey (and a pre game haka) might assume more importance to a native Kiwi than an Olympic medal.
Jack Clark leads sports panel: Cal rugby head coach Jack Clark served on a pre-Super Bowl panel at the Institute of Sports Law an Ethics at Santa Clara University along with the NFL's Ronnie Lott, and Women's soccer star Brandi Chastain. (NB. Santa Clara hosts this year's 50th Super Bowl, Sunday, February 7.)
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Brown Women to tour Europe: A tour to Europe is not new news for American universities that have visited Great Britain, Ireland, and France. (First ever college rugby tour credited to Dartmouth College in its English excursion of 1958/1959.) Brown Varsity coach Kathy Flores has arranged an unusual spring trip to Switzerland and Zagreb, Croatia.
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