Last week, all Spain prepared for the fiesta that would officially name the rugby team the winner of the European 1 spot in the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup. This would mark Los Leones first return to the RWC in twenty-years (1999).
However, an unexpected and controversial 18-10 loss to Belgium (NB: Finally found; a nickname for the Belgium XV is the Black Devils) has cancelled any celebration.... Read More
The 42nd Hong Kong Sevens will be played April 6, 7, and 8. The tournament, the largest congregation of sevens sides in the world, started in 1976 with but a few teams and a crowd of 3,000. In 2018, it will host 40-sides of women and men and attract a crowd of 120,000.
There are three distinct parts to this year's event:
Cathay Pacific/HSBC World Rugby Men's Tournament
The sixth tournament (out... Read More
The midway point in the ten city HSBC World Rugby Sevens circuit, after five events contested, lists South Africa, last year’s champion, in first place by a full ten-point margin over second place New Zealand. The USA’s win in Las Vegas last week was worth 22-points but only vaulted the Eagles into sixth place in the standings. (Remember the Eagles garnered a single point in Dubai.)
In Vegas, the... Read More
This past weekend offered the ninth USA Sevens tournament in Las Vegas and it's enlightening to return in time to 2010 to review the first event played in that venue.
The USA-based event started out in Los Angeles (under the aegis of USA Rugby) where it ran for three years before being transferred to Jon Prusmack. Then, the competition moved to San Diego where, for three-years, it was played... Read More
The opening round of the NatWest 2018 Men’s Six Nations tournament saw no surprises from the three winners, as the pre-game favorites all proved successful.
Perhaps the two outcomes that generated some notice were the closeness of the Ireland win against France away at 15-13, and the 27-point margin of victory that Wales put up against Scotland, winning 35-7. In the third contest, England, as... Read More
The second round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens series begins in Sydney’s Allianz Stadium where sixteen teams will compete for the title. Australia lead after winning the first championship in Dubai, with the USA second.
The Three Pools are:
A – Australia, France, Spain, Papua New Guinea
B – USA, New Zealand, England, Japan
C – Russia, Canada, Ireland, Fiji
Importantly, the 2018 Women’s... Read More
The 2018 Sydney Sevens begins with the Women's squads starting the event next Thursday, January 25. The USA are in second place with 18 points, two behind New Zealand with 20. These results came from the opening tournament in Dubai last month.
This marks the fifteenth Men's HSBC World Rugby Sevens event in Australia, and the third consecutive venue for Sydney, which replaced the Gold Coast three... Read More
The final two spots in the 2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Cup were decided in the Sud America sevens invitational classic held in Uruguay and Chile, ironically, the two nations that move forward to the July tournament in San Francisco.
The RWC Sevens will feature 24-teams, like Hong Kong. Three will come from South America (Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay), and three from North America (Jamaica... Read More
Executive members of World Rugby scheduled their first meeting with the French Rugby Federation (FFR), consisting of preliminary talks about the 10th World Cup to be hosted by France in 2023. It may seem early in the process with the event five-years down-the-road, but for coordinating purposes it's the right time to consider a chronological sequence of necessary planning events.
It's important... Read More
With two-months remaining until the 2018 HSBC World Rugby Las Vegas Sevens on March 2,3, and 4, it’s timely to go back to 2004 and to the first USA Sevens event held in Carson, California, at the Home Depot Stadium. The initial US-based tournament generated a national first also when Argentina defeated New Zealand for Los Pumas first IRB sevens circuit title.
The event was named after the sponsor... Read More