In Paris, at the conclusion of the last and tenth tournament in the 2018/2019 HSBC Sevens event, World Rugby announced a spate of awards for teams, coaches, and players.
Fiji and the USA dominated the accolades as these teams finished first and second in the season.
The awards follow:
Rookie of the Year - Meli Derenalagi, Fiji
DHL Impact Player – Vilimoni Botitu, Fiji
Capgemini Coach of the... Read More
The Fijians notched their fifth HSBC tournament title in 2019 with a Cup win against New Zealand in Paris. The Pacific Islanders, Olympic Champions in 2016 in Brazil, defeated their perennial sevens rival 35-24, after leading 28-7 at the break.
Fiji last won in 2015/2016, and their victory broke South Africa's two event win streak from 2017 and 2018.
Importantly, Fiji vaulted ahead of the USA by... Read More
In 2001, in Virginal Beach, Virginia, the Golden Bears won their eleventh national collegiate championship in a row with a sound thumping of Penn State. The score: 86-11.
At a windswept Sportsplex, Cal, playing with four Pan Am Games Eagles, dominated play from the opening whistle.
The nation's number one ranked fifteen waltzed through the two opening rounds, recording lopsided victories against... Read More
The ninth tournament of the HSBC 2018/2019 sevens series produced another Fiji Cup win, their fourth title of the season. Australia took silver, thanks to the luck of the semifinal draw where they drew France while the USA lost to Fiji.
For the USA, it was the same old story of ending 5-1; via 3-0 pool play, victory in the quarters (Canada), a loss in the semis (Fiji), followed by a win for the... Read More
The USA, Fiji, and New Zealand qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Eagles notched three wins in pool play to advance into the quarterfinals tomorrow against Canada.
USA beat Spain (29-5), Wales (28-26), and Australia (19-17) for another clean sheet; three win performance in this HSBC 2018/2019 sevens series, the ninth stop on the tour.
The Quarter Finals (Sunday)
USA vs. Canada at 6:26 a.... Read More
A few years ago at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC), held annually outside Philadelphia in June, the attendees in the stadium witnessed a radical and exciting new version of the popular seven-a-side game. Two teams played four quarters to determine a winner, a sport form similar to a basketball game.
This new contest originated from the creative mind of the late A. Jon... Read More
This Saturday will feature the final of the 2018/2019 Heineken Champions Cup between Saracens (England) and Leinster (Ireland) in the 52,000-seat capacity St. James Park Stadium, Newcastle.
Saracens waltzed through the qualifying rounds, winning eight times to reach their third Cup final, in four-years. The side won the event twice before in 2016 and 2017. They scored the most points of all teams... Read More
The September 2001 Aspen Ruggerfest witnessed the Gentlemen of Aspen defeat the Denver Barbarians 32-20 to clinch their sixth straight Ruggerfest title, and thirteenth overall since the start of the popular, sixteen team top Division.
The Gentlemen started with a 40-3 trouncing of Bozeman, followed by a 36-16 win against Charlotte. The local side was tested in the semis by the Chicago Lions,... Read More
The Dream Team at the recent Women’s Sevens in Japan featured two selections from Canada, England, and France, and one from the USA. Notably absent were any players from New Zealand or Australia, perhaps, for the first time ever in the history of all the past Dream Team series selections.
Karen Paquin – Canada
Alex Matthews – England
Chole Pelle – France
Anne Cecile Ciofani – France... Read More
The Eagle Women defeated France 36-12 to take third place in the Kitakyushu Sevens, the fourth leg of the 2019/2019 HSBC sevens series. After beating New Zealand in the quarterfinals, the USA lost to Canada 24-12. The Canadians would win the event at the death 7-5 against a rejuvenated England side.
The tournament produced a number of series milestones:
It was the first semifinal round ever... Read More