The USA Men’s Eagles Sevens finished in fifth place in the just concluded 2016/2917 HSBC World Rugby 7s championship. It represented the highest ranking ever for the team, and congratulations are due to Coach Mike Friday, his staff, and all the players who participated in the ten events.
South Africa were the winners this year, replacing Fiji as the top men’s squad in the world. The Blitzboks... Read More
South Africa have won the HSBC World Rugby 2016/2017 Men’s Sevens after the ninth tournament, winning the Paris 7s. Next week the capper on the ten circuit event ends in London, May 20 and May 21 at Twickenham. Congratulations to the talented Blitzboks on their first championship since 2009.
South Africa overcame sevens’ stars moving over to the Springboks fifteen, but found new blood from four... Read More
This week's draw for the Rugby World Cup in Japan finds nine of the top ten currently ranked nations slotted in the four pools. Only Fiji, the 10 ranked team, will have to qualify in the Oceania tournaments because they failed to finish in the top three places in RWC 2015.
Remember that Fiji played in that last tournament's "Pool of Death," where they met Australia, England, and Wales, all ranked... Read More
Tomorrow, May 10, at five p.m. Japan time, there will be a draw for placement in the four Pools in the Rugby World Cup 2019. The draw will be held in the Kyoto Guest House by the head of the host nation Japan.
The first stage of the selection will occur among the twelve nations that qualified by their 2015 RWC performance in England. The twelve were then separated into three bands (1,2,3) as... Read More
The ninth round of the HSBC World Rugby 7s 2016/2017 10-event season moves to Paris this weekend, May 13 and May 14. South Africa are comfortably ahead in the standings and should clinch the championship, if not this weekend, then the next one in London (May 20 and May 21).
This will mark Paris’s second year hosting the event, which is played at Stade Jean Bouin, located in the southwest part of... Read More
The Rugby World Cup 2019 is two-years away and host nation Japan is busy with pre tournament planning. Twelve venues were recently announced indicating the stadiums that will participate in the event. These range in capacity from 16,000 in Kamaishi City to the two largest, the International Stadium in Yokohama City (72,000), and the National Stadium currently being built in Tokyo, which will... Read More
The road for the USA to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan remains the same route thru Canada as before, offering a potential three sequential events' possibility. Of special note is that with Georgia having already booked entry via their two wins in the 2015 RWC, this past outcome opens an easier pathway for Romania, Russia, Spain, or Germany to advance into the RWC in Europe... Read More
Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan will again feature 20 teams. Twelve teams qualified directly by virtue of finishing in the top three of their respective pools at RWC 2015 in England. They are champions New Zealand, hosts Japan, Argentina, Australia, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.
The remaining eight places will be determined by a process of... Read More
The Paris 7s, the ninth stop on the HSBC World Rugby circuit, is a month away, but for all intents and purposes, this year’s championship has already been decided from the earlier eight round results. South Africa, with 158 points, lead Fiji in second place by 25-points, a margin that would be difficult to surmount with two contests (Paris and London) remaining. Fiji, last year’s winners, and... Read More
The main takeaway from the recent Hong Kong Sevens was Fiji’s shutout Cup victory 22-0 against reigning 2016-2017 Men’s tour leader South Africa. Fiji had been somewhat somnolent for the first six events, finishing second three times and garnering no victories, an aberrant result for the past two-year's World Rugby circuit winner and 2016 Olympic Men's gold medal champion.
But Hong is a special... Read More