At the outset, this weekend will not mark the first occasion that Singapore hosted an international sevens circuit tournament. The world’s only Island-City ran this event in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006 before the IRB moved it to Australia.
But now it’s returned, and expectations are high that it will produce near filled stands in the 55,000 National Stadium that features retractable seating.
The... Read More
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset, the outgoing head of the organization, has publicly supported relegation in the annual European Six Nations Championship. His opinion has generated controversy among European rugby federations.
The process of relegation where teams that end on the bottom of the table drop to the next, lower league, has thrived in Europe, especially and historically, among... Read More
The twelve-team lesser Hong Kong Sevens tournament begins Saturday, April 8 and the biggest surprise is that one of the nations competing is the tiny Cayman Islands, part of the British Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II serving as the titular head of the country.
The Caymans are located south of Bermuda and north west of Jamaica. The total population is about 55,000 people. The land mass size... Read More
There are actually two Hong Kong Sevens tournaments next week, the seventh stop on the HSBC World Rugby circuit for sixteen-teams, and also the twelve nations lesser tournament, which determines who will be the new core team next year (2016/2017). In addition, this year's winner also goes to the London Sevens in May.
The twelve teams in their three pools are:
Pool E - Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Cayman... Read More
A men’s championship ended this past weekend in the European Nations Cup (ENC), also known as Six Nations B. Georgia were the event’s winner for the eighth year out of the past ten. The Lelos defeated second place Romania 38-9 in front of an enthusiastic home town crowd that numbered more than 50,000 fans (To view the match on You Tube access: https://youtu.be/ox_3hc-V_qA).
The two-years, 2015/... Read More
In a previous column this week, I wrote that slotting for the three-pool Rio Olympics would arise from the final point standings in the 2015/2016 HSBC World Rugby Sevens series. This was erroneous. My usually reliable European rugby organization source made a mistake.
The true Rio 12-team placement stems from last year's and this year's results for the four top teams from 2014/2015... Read More
The 12-team pools for the Men’s Rio Olympic participation offer problems and opportunities for the USA team. Remember, that eight nations will advance after the first day’s three-match pool play. Pool points (two for a win, one for a draw) will constitute the main decider, and then point differential for the slots numbering one to eight in the quarterfinal round.
Within in the event, there exists... Read More
The first sevens event in Canada turned out to be a success on the field and off. The matches were played inside the covered BC Place stadium (first time for covered play in any HSBC World Rugby 7s).
The organizers covered the upper bowl of the stadium, leaving half of the 56,000 seats for sale. The stadium sold out its 28,000 seats quickly, and 5,000 extra seats were opened to the sellout crowd... Read More
The Six Nations European Championship completed its fourth round with England Men and England Women on tap to take the 2016 titles. One final round remains to be played this weekend.
The Red Roses defeated Wales 20-13 to remain undefeated and on top of the standings at 4-0. This sets up a showdown with France, currently 3-1, who beat Scotland 24-0. The game will be at home for Les Bleues.... Read More
New Zealand won the inaugural Vancouver 7s, defeating South Africa in the Cup final 19-14. Australia beat Fiji 19-12 to take third place. Samoa defeated the USA 31-19 for the Plate. Host Canada escaped France 19-17 for the Bowl, and finally, Russia garnered a win 17-10 against Portugal for the Shield.
Canada enjoyed a fine tournament with an upset pool win against Australia. England continue to... Read More