Rugby Sevens

Friend appointed Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach

Tuesday January 5, 2016 by  

The Australian Sevens program has named Andy Friend as the national Men’s Sevens Head Coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Andy Friend named head coach of the Aussie Men’s Sevens team.
Photo courtesy of ARU Media

Friend will join the Australian Sevens program from Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath at the conclusion of the current Japan Top League season later this month.

Prior to his four seasons in Japan, the 46-year-old was previously in charge of the ACT Brumbies, Head Coach at English Premiership club Harlequins, coaching assistant at the NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies and was part of the Wallabies coaching set-up in 2002 and 2003.

Current interim boss Scott Bowen and the coaching staff at the Australian Sevens centralised base in Narrabeen will prepare the team in the lead up to the Wellington and Sydney legs of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series. Read more

Aussies finish seventh in Cape Town

Monday December 14, 2015 by  

Back-to-back defeats on Finals day has consigned the Australian Men’s Sevens team to seventh place in Cape Town overnight.

Australia lost to hosts and eventual winners South Africa (25-5) in the Cup Quarter-Final and then fell well short against World Series Champions Fiji (38-19) in the Plate Semi-Final.

Australian Men’s Sevens interim Head Coach Scott Bowen said: “After the results we had yesterday everyone was looking forward to playing the host nation in front of an awesome crowd in a great stadium. However, this game is unforgiving and there is very little room for error against the very top sides. Read more

Aussie Men’s Sevens finish sixth at Dubai

Sunday December 6, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side has ended the Dubai Sevens in sixth after narrow defeats to the countries that finished first and second in last year’s World Series.

Australia fell short against Fiji (19-12) in the Cup Quarter-Final before beating Samoa (28-10) in the Plate Semi-Final. Their campaign in the opening round of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series ended with defeat to South Africa in sudden death extra-time (19-14).

Australian Men’s interim Head Coach Scott Bowen said: “Even though the end result was disappointing it was probably fair. I thought the game against Fiji was a lost opportunity. We had a plan on how we wanted to play the game which worked well but we couldn’t execute at crucial times. Being the side they are, Fiji capitalised on that. Read more

Late defeat for Aussies on day one in Dubai

Saturday December 5, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has booked a date with Fiji in the Dubai Sevens Cup Quarter-Final, to be played later today (Saturday).

Wins over Kenya (14-12) and Wales (43-0) confirmed a spot in the last eight of the first round of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series, but defeat to England (5-21) consigned Australia to a match against the current World Series champions.

Australian Men’s interim coach Scott Bowen said: “We had a slow start against Kenya and we struggled to get hold of the ball. But we did show good composure and belief to hit back twice with only three minutes left on the clock. Read more

Australia’s golden girls claim Dubai crown in style

Friday December 4, 2015 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team has laid down a huge marker with the Rio 2016 Olympics on the horizon by winning the Dubai Sevens title in stunning fashion.

Emma Tonegato runs away from France in the semi final of the 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series opening round in Dubai.
Photo courtesy of World Rugby

Tim Walsh’s side lead the fledgling HSBC Women’s World Series after going undefeated throughout the entire two-day event at The Sevens Stadium.

Wins over New Zealand (15-12) and France (26-0) on Day Two preceded a brilliant Cup Final display against a previously red-hot Russia (31-12) as Australia took out their second Dubai title in three years.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “The entire Women’s program deserves this result. We’ve trained hard over the past three years but particularly over the past three or four months.

“It was our day today but it was by no means a fluke. We showed composure and an ability to solve problems on our feet – just like we did in the Cup Final when we fell behind early in the second half. Read more

Australian Men’s Sevens team seal Rio 2016 berth

Sunday November 15, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has become the tenth team to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The Australians defeated Tonga 50-0 in a one-sided Cup Final at the Oceania Rugby Olympic Qualification tournament at The Trusts Arena in Auckland this afternoon.

The green and gold stunned Tonga – who earlier had shocked a much-fancied Samoan side in the Semi-Finals – as they dominated the decider from start to finish. Read more

Dates revealed for Sydney 7s Rugby extravaganza

Tuesday June 30, 2015 by  

World Rugby and the Australian Rugby Union today announced that the inaugural Sydney 7s, secured by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will take place on the weekend of the 6th and 7th February, 2016.

Allianz Stadium welcomes the inaugural Sydney 7s in February 2016.
Photo courtesy of QRU/Sportography

Tickets for the festival of Rugby that will be the Sydney 7s will go on sale to the general public from 9am, Thursday 10 September, 2015 via Ticketek.

The Australian Rugby Union also confirmed admission prices for the event with tickets available from a competitive $30 (One-Day General Admission ticket) for eight hours of world-class Rugby Sevens. Two-Day passes in general admission areas are available for $50. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets in reserved areas of the ground.

To be hosted at the 45,500-capacity Allianz Stadium in Sydney’s Moore Park, the event will host 16 of the top-ranked Rugby Sevens countries in the world in a weekend of free-flowing, fast-moving action. Read more

Brave Aussies defeated in London Cup Final

Monday May 18, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished runners-up at the London Sevens after falling short against a red-hot USA side at Twickenham.

The Cup Final loss to the USA (45-22) was preceded by wins over Scotland (31-19) and a memorable demolition of new HSBC Sevens World Champions Fiji (33-7).

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said: “The Cup Final was really disappointing. God knows how many tackles we missed in that game, but you have to give credit to the USA, they took it to us physically and we just couldn’t match that or bring the intensity that we did in the game against Fiji. Read more

Awesome Aussie Women complete London comeback

Sunday May 17, 2015 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens side has inched closer to automatic qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics after completing an incredible fightback to win the inaugural London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium.

Trailing by two scores to an impressive Canadian outfit heading into the final five minutes – and a player in the sin-bin – the ladies in gold found another gear to turn the tie on its head. With the final play of the game, Ellia Green surged over on the left touchline to seal a 20-17 win that will live long in the memory.

Earlier in the day, Australia had beaten Spain (19-0) as well as series leaders New Zealand (24-5) in the Cup Semi-Final at the Twickenham Stoop. Read more

Double defeat seals fate in Glasgow

Monday May 11, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s team has finished seventh at the Glasgow Sevens after losses to the USA and South Africa on Finals Day.

Perry Baker scored the winning try for the USA against Australia in the Cup quarter finals in Glasgow.
Photo courtesy of World Rugby/Martin Seras Lima

Australia lost its Cup Quarter-Final to the USA (14-7) before succumbing to South Africa (21-12) in the Plate Semi-Final at a wet Scotstoun Stadium.

Now 16 points behind England in the standings with one round of the 2014/15 Sevens World Series remaining, it is now virtually impossible for Australia to secure a top four berth that ensures automatic qualification for the 2016 Olympics.

If Australia do finish the season in its current position of fifth, the green and gold will play in the regional Oceania Rugby tournament in Auckland on 14-15 November 2015, with the winning nation securing qualification for Rio. Read more