The television airing of the HSBC Sydney Men’s Sevens on Sunday showed a final in the stadium of half-empty seats. The question was why?
The answer, derived from empirical reasoning of the past three tournaments, Cape Town, Hamilton, and Sydney, indicate two factors: (1) when the home team is not in the final, attendance drops off, and (2) in the two, Down Under events, if Fiji are not in the... Read More
The tour event was part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour, the first time the Webb Ellis Cup has visited Malaysia
· 18,000 people in Malaysia have had their first taste of rugby through World Rugby’s Impact Beyond programme, which has attracted over one million new participants across Asia
· Trophy received a colourful royal welcome from the King of Malaysia
· Visit comes as... Read More
World Rugby took a risk awarding the 2019 Rugby World Cup to Japan, the first Asian nation to host the event. Rugby is only moderately popular in Japan, and World Rugby executives were apprehensive that beyond a core of supporters, the general Japanese sports fan would not be interested in matches that did not include the national team.
In addition, there were worries about the distance from... Read More
For US or Canadian high schools looking for an early September 2019 tour to Europe, the premier event is the Paris-operated Tournoi des Captiales, the prestigious 7-a-side tournament for U16 Boys and U18 Girls. This biannual event has welcomed teams from twenty countries since its inception in 2006.
In 2017, the Boys winners were the Manly Marlins from Sydney, and the Girls division was won by... Read More
When United World Sports moved the USA Sevens from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2006, it decided to add on an ancillary event for clubs and colleges called the San Diego Invitational. The matches were played on fields situated away from Petco Park, the Padres baseball stadium that housed the big sevens tournament.
After three-years in San Diego, the Invitational followed the USA Sevens by moving... Read More
The 2019 edition of the European Six Nations Championship will begin Friday, February 1 when Wales visit France for a 2 p.m. match in the Stade de France, Paris.
Ireland aim to retain their 2018 title, a Grand Slam, undefeated season against the other five teams. That tournament victory, and their win in Dublin over the All Blacks last November, have secured the Irish a firm second place in the... Read More
The Japan Times has reported that over half of the total tickets for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan have been sold. Over 1 million of a total 1.8 million tickets available for the 48 games over 12 venues have been sold. The local organizing committee is aiming to sell out every match, with the remaining tickets to be put on sale this month.
Sales began in January 2018 with priority group... Read More
The ball dropped. The New Year clicked down one number. It's 2019 today.
A countdown of 8-months and 19-days until the kickoff of the next Rugby World Cup in Japan. The first RWC in Asia.
Opening match is Japan vs. Russia on September 20.
Twenty teams in four pools will compete for the William Webb Ellis Trophy.
New Zealand have won the last two cups, England 2015, and New Zealand 2011.
Can... Read More
In November 2006, Rugby Magazine announced the new venue and the dates for the 2007 USA Sevens tournament., scheduled for February 10 in Petco Park, San Diego. Previously for three-years, the tournament under ownership and operation by USA Rugby, had run the event in the Home Depot Center Los Angeles.
The rights to the tournament had been purchased by entrepreneur Jon Prusmack (founder and... Read More
The USA lead the HSBC Sevens Circuit for the first time in the series history. With a second silver medal in Cape Town last weekend, the Eagles total 38 points one more than New Zealand.
The top four teams in the 2018/2019 season will automatically qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
In Cape Town, the Eagles started in an easy pool, consisting of Japan, Spain, and Argentina. Los Leones... Read More