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
In the Cup quarter-finals, the Eagles lost a thriller to Fiji 31-26 in sudden death extra time. Ahead 19-5, the Eagles could not hold on to the lead against last week's Las Vegas Sevens champion.
Advancing into the Plate event, the USA defeated Wales 38-12 to set up a championship match with Samoa. The Eagles lost 31-19 to Samoa.
The Eagles will move into fifth place overall as Argentina and... Read More
After the first five rounds in the 2015-2016 HSBC World Rugby 7s Championship, Fiji leads with 91 points, ahead of second place South Africa by five points. The USA vaulted into a tie for fifth place with Argentina, both at 64 points.
Perhaps, the most startling result in last week's Las Vegas 7s was the dismal outcome for England, which generated only one point. The Red Roses seemed flat and... Read More
The third round in the European Six Nations saw England continuing undefeated with a 21-10 convincing win over Ireland, last year’s champion. Two second half tries from Watson and Brown distanced England from a lackluster Irish XV that managed only one try, a conversion, and a single penalty kick. England, on top with six points, will meet Wales at home on March 12th in what should be... Read More