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Singapore Sevens - Round eight of the ten-circuit HSBC World Rugby Sevens championship moves to Singapore this weekend. This marks the city's second-year hosting of the event, which was won by Kenya in one of last season's three upset tournament wins. The other two came from Samoa's victory in Paris and Scotland's tournament ending win in London.
The USA will try again to move into the finals, an elusive goal so far this season with, recently, only competing in bronze medal games after losing in the semi-final rounds.
1. Anthony Welmers
2. Ben Pinkelman
3. Danny Barrett
4. Matai Leuta
5. Mike Te'o
6. Andrew Durutalo
7. Folau Niua
8. Maka Unufe
9. Stephen Tomasin
10. Madison Hughes (C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo
13. Malon Al-Jiboori
All games stream live at www.WorldRugby.org
Super 18 Team Reduction - The southern hemisphere professional league, the Super 18, reduced the league to 15 teams. Operating entity, Sanzaar (abbreviation for South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina), perceived that the League needed paring and intend to drop three teams. On the chopping block are South Africa's Cheetahs and Kings, while Australia will select either the Western Force in Perth or Melbourne's Rebels for elimination.
The League added an Argentina side, the Jaguares, and also Japan's Sun Wolves to expand international participation.
Rugby School Anniversary - This year, the venerated institution celebrates is 450th anniversary. Lawrence Sheriff, official grocer to Queen Elizabeth 1, founded it in 1567.
Rugby School hosted an international sevens event in March attended by school sides from around the world. To commemorate the anniversary, a special rugby ball with a GPS tracker is circumventing the globe, being passed from Rugby alumnus to Rugby alumnus (Old Rugbeians) until it returns to the school. It has already been passed at Twickenham, Stonehenge, and the Eiffel Towner in Paris. No information yet when or where the ball will appear in the USA.
Of note is that Rugby School welcomes visiting rugby clubs to practice and train on the school's thirteen pitches. For more information, write to the Director of Rugby.