Rugby Sevens

Injury hit Aussie Sevens finish Wellington in 10th

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Wellington Sevens in 10th position with two wins out of a possible three on day two of competition.

Australia started day two with a tight 17-14 win over Samoa, before accounting for Wales 24-10 to make the Challenge Trophy Final. An injury hit Australia fell at the final hurdle going down to Kenya 17-19 to finish Wellington in 10th position.

Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I was really impressed with the performance of the young guys and the whole team. Read more

Australia outclassed by experience

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

The young Australian Men’s Sevens team have fallen to Sevens powerhouses Fiji and South Africa on Day One of the Wellington Sevens but finished the day on a winning note with victory over Japan.

Australia’s Henry Hutchison evades Jasa Veremalua of Fiji to score on day one of the Wellington Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Michael Lee/KLC Fotos, World Rugby

An injury to Boyd Killingworth added to the Aussie7s injury woes with Club Captain Lewis Holland, Ed Jenkins and Jesse Parahi all unavailable for selection due to injury.

Australia will play in the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals against the fourth placed finishers in Pool C on Sunday.

Head Coach Andy Friend: “I thought Fiji was the big game we wanted to target. Going up 12-5 at half time, we had the chance to really take the opportunities to win the match. They took their chances like we knew they would and they over powered us in the end which was disappointing. Read more

Australia stumble on day two of Cape Town 7s

Sunday December 11, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have had a disappointing day at the Cape Town Sevens, losing to Argentina in the Challenge Trophy Semi Final on day two.

Australia’s Jesse Parahi takes on the USA defence at the Cape Town World Sevens Series tournament.
Photo courtesy of Christiaan Kotze/SASPA, World Rugby

Australia started the day with a strong victory of Rugby minnow, Uganda (42-12) but the injury affected Australian side didn’t apply critical pressure on Argentina when they had the advantage, which allowed the South Americans to come back in the match.

Australian Men’s Head Coach Andy Friend: “We are very disappointed with the whole weekend.

“We made too many simple errors in our game against Argentina. When we should be showing composure, we’re not. We are not working together as a unit at the moment which is disappointing. Read more

Australian Men’s Sevens team finish Dubai in fifth

Sunday December 4, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Dubai Sevens tournament in fifth position with victories over New Zealand and Scotland rounding out a solid day for Andy Friend’s young squad.

Australia’s James Stannard avoids Japan’s advances on day one of 2016/17 Dubai World Rugby Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Micheal Lee/Taiwan Mike, World Rugby

Australia fell in their Cup Quarter Final against Wales but made amends for that loss with a 20-12 victory over the All Blacks Sevens side and the in-form Scotland 19-12.

The Aussie 7s Men’s squad will now head to Cape Town for the second leg of the Sevens World Series.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend: “We were really disappointed this morning with that performance to Wales. Credit to Wales they are a good aside and they played better than us and they took their chances. Read more

Young Aussie Sevens side take third in Vancouver

Monday March 14, 2016 by  

A largely inexperienced Australian Men’s Sevens squad has finished the inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens in a highly creditable third place.

Coming into the tournament with seven players in its squad with five World Series caps or less, Australia defeated Scotland (24-17) in the Cup Quarter-Finals before losing to New Zealand in the Semis (28-19). However, Australia roused themselves to stun current world champions Fiji in the 3rd Place Play Off (19-12).

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “We had to show unbelievable character in that last game [against Fiji]. I’m not too sure how we stayed in the contest but you either have that level of courage, or you don’t, and we had it in spades. Read more

Aussies qualify for Vancouver Cup Quarter Finals

Sunday March 13, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has safely qualified for the last eight at the inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens after topping Pool B in Vancouver.

Andy Friend’s side clinically disposed of Russia (43-5) first up but fell at the death to tournament hosts Canada (14-12). Needing to win by a 12-point margin or more, Australia were in scintillating form to destroy the previously unbeaten Wales (49-14).

By qualifying as top seeds, the Aussies booked a Cup Quarter-Final date with Scotland at the sold out BC Stadium tomorrow morning (AEDT). Read more

Aussie Sevens fall at final hurdle to Fiji

Monday March 7, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has fallen agonisingly short of winning the Las Vegas Sevens after losing to world series leaders Fiji.

Australia saw off South Africa (14-12) in a bruising Cup Semi-Final before Fiji staged a second-half fightback to take all 22 Sevens World Series points on offer (21-15) in another memorable Final.

After finishing runners-up in Sydney last month, Australia’s Cup Final appearance in the USA was the first back-to-back tournament deciders it has reached since May 2010. Read more

Impressive Aussie Sevens coast into Las Vegas Cup Quarters

Saturday March 5, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has won its opening two games of the Las Vegas Sevens to clinch a spot in tomorrow’s Cup Quarter-Finals.

Healthy Pool B wins over Scotland (26-0) and Japan (35-5) saw Australia book a place in the last eight with one group game – against old adversaries England – to play.

Day One at the Sam Boyd Stadium was also notable for the long-awaited Sevens debut of Wallaby wizard Quade Cooper as well as returning forward Pat McCutcheon. Read more

Aussie7s win Cup Final in Sao Paulo

Monday February 22, 2016 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team finished undefeated at the Sao Paulo Sevens, after dominating against Canada to win the final 29-0.

After back to back victories on the Women’s Sevens World Series in Dubai and Sao Paulo, Australia now sits 12 points clear of their closest rival, New Zealand in the World Series standings with three more tournaments to play before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games kick off in August.

Australia’s defence was crucial to the tournament victory with the Aussie side not conceding any tries in all three finals matches on day two. Read more

Australia falls to New Zealand in thrilling Sydney 7s Final

Sunday February 7, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens Team have fallen to arch rivals New Zealand 27-24 in a gripping finale to the inaugural Sydney 7s.

Australia’s Henry Speight takes on South Africa during the Cup Quarter Final at the Sydney 7s.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

In front of a sell out crowd of 37,095, the Aussie men turned on a stirring display for their adoring home fans, leading their Trans-Tasman rivals throughout the contest until the visitors landed a cruel blow on full time to steal the win.

Across the weekend 73,313 fans entered the turnstiles of the Sydney 7s and fans were treated to an exciting atmosphere with colours and costumes that came from every corner of the globe, announcing Sydney’s arrival in the Sevens World Series as one of the hottest tickets on the Rugby calendar.

The absorbing Final delivered a fitting finale to a tournament that will leave a lasting legacy. Read more