Archive for May 2017

Sydney Sevens to light up 2018 Australia Day Weekend

Tuesday May 23, 2017 by  

The Sydney Sevens will be bigger than ever in 2018 with the tournament to kick off on Australia Day for three days of explosive women’s and men’s rugby action.

In a world first for the Sevens World Series, the men’s and women’s tournaments will be completely integrated with both tournaments held across three days on the iconic grounds of Allianz Stadium, Sydney. Both the women’s and men’s finals will be on Sunday 28 January as the best of the 12 women’s teams and 16 men’s teams battle it out to be crowned champions.

After 75,412 fans enjoyed the three-day 2017 Sydney 7s, the carnival atmosphere will reach new heights in 2018 with the tournament to be held over a long weekend for the first time, making it the perfect sporting event for the whole family, whether they’re from Sydney or travelling to the Harbour City. Read more

Australia finish London Sevens in sixth

Monday May 22, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have finished the 2016/17 Sevens World Series in sixth place, following the final leg in London.

Australia’s Nick Malouf climbs high in the Cup quarter-final against the USA.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

Australia were defeated by United States of America in their Cup Quarter-Final before beating New Zealand by a record margin in the Fifth Place Semi Final. Australia couldn’t finish it off with a win though, as they went down fighting in the Fifth Place Final, to 2016/17 Sevens World Series Champions South Africa.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I thought the boys did really well to bounce back and put 40 points on New Zealand, who have been a really tough team for us to beat.

“And then we had the chance to beat the current World Champions at the end and for all bar the last 30 seconds, I thought we were going to win that. A disappointing day with positive signs but we finished sixth at the tournament and sixth for the season so it’s probably a fitting result. Read more

Aussies through to London Cup Quarter-Finals

Sunday May 21, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have qualified for the Cup Quarter-Finals in London following two wins on day one at Twickenham.

Australia will now play United States of America in the Cup Quarter Final at 7:58pm (AEST) on Sunday May 21.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “It was probably some of the most clinical rugby we’ve played. The boys started really well against Samoa, we had our opportunities against England and it was a game that we probably could have and should have won and then to put 50 points on Spain at the end topped off what was a very good day.” Read more

Highlanders smash the Force

Saturday May 20, 2017 by  

The Highlanders have easily outclassed the Western Force to notch a club record 55-6 victory at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

The Dunedin-based side made the most of the wet conditions for a new franchise record 49-point win margin, scoring eight tries to nil which helped them remain alive for a wildcard place in the Super Rugby finals.

Late replacement prop Aki Seiuli and Rob Thompson both bagged doubles, while fly-half Marty Banks slotted seven of his eight goal attempts. Read more

Thurston signs up for 2018 Season

Friday May 19, 2017 by  

Champion Cowboy Johnathan Thurston will see out his career at the club in which he has tasted most of his success as a rugby league superstar after agreeing to a one-year contract extension.

Thurston said he had no intention of finishing his playing days at anywhere other than the North Queensland Cowboys, with the new deal formally unveiled at the club’s mid-year gala.

“It’s a real joy to be able to say I’ll be continuing on with the Cowboys in NRL season 2018,” Thurston said. Read more

Rhys Williams joins Melbourne Victory

Monday May 15, 2017 by  

Melbourne Victory is delighted to confirm it has secured the services of Socceroos defender Rhys Williams.

Following more than a decade plying his trade in England, Williams returned home at the start of the 2016/17 season to join Perth Glory, where he made 18 appearances in all competitions.

The versatile 28-year-old will link up with his new Victory teammates when pre-season training commences on July 6. Read more

Feldt extends time at Cowboys

Monday May 15, 2017 by  

The North Queensland Cowboys can today announce the re-signing of 2015 premiership winger Kyle Feldt to the club for a further three seasons.

Townsville junior Feldt, 25, has signed a contract extension which will see him remain at the Cowboys until the end of the 2020 National Rugby League season.

“I’m thrilled to be able to remain at the club which handed me my NRL debut,” said Feldt, who has played 56 games for the club over five seasons. Read more

Aussie 7s reach Paris Trophy Final but fall to Argentina

Sunday May 14, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have finished their Paris campaign in tenth position. Looking to reassert themselves after a disappointing Day One in Paris, the Australian Men’s Sevens team brought in Tom Kingston after having lost John Porch and Charlie Taylor to head knocks.

With wins over Japan and Wales, the Aussie 7s reached the Challenge Trophy Final but were unable to over come the eventual Challenge Trophy victors, Argentina. Australia will next play at the London 7s on May 20-21, 2017.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “We battled through two wins this morning against Japan and Wales and then in the third game we were totally outplayed by Argentina. We weren’t cohesive and we paid the penalty there.” Read more

Aussie Sevens miss Paris Quarter Finals

Sunday May 14, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have finished the first day in Paris with one win and two losses after they conquered Russia before narrowly falling to reigning Paris 7s champions, Samoa, and then Fiji.

Australia will now play Japan in the Challenge Quarter Final at 5:44pm (AEST) on Sunday May 14.

Head Coach Andy Friend said, “It was a day of frustration. We started slowly against Russia; we weren’t clinical in what we wanted to do. We worked hard against Samoa but again had opportunities and didn’t take them.” Read more

Reds secure bonus-point win over Rebels

Saturday May 13, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have secured a 29-24 bonus-point victory over the Melbourne Rebels in Round 12 of Super Rugby at AAMI Park.

The Reds entered the game on a 10-match losing streak against Australian opposition but put that hoodoo to bed with a five try to two performance over their rivals.

The visitors had not won away from home since May 2015 but captain Samu Kerevi inspired his side to victory with damaging ball running and a double that included the match winner. Read more