Tuesday February 24, 2015 by Media Release - Rugby Union
World Rugby has announced that Vancouver will join the global line-up of major city destinations for the World Rugby Sevens Series from 2015-16.
A renowned international tourism, business and major sports event destination, the event will take place at the impressive and innovative indoor BC Place stadium in the heart of the city.
Rugby Canada’s successful Vancouver bid follows an extensive and competitive tender process that saw 25 destinations bid to host the Olympic sport and comes with the full support of national and provincial government that reflects rugby sevens’ enormous appeal in the global sports hosting marketplace. Read more
Monday February 16, 2015 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John has lauded the attitude of his players after wins over Canada and England this morning secured the Plate in Las Vegas.
|Australia defeated old foes England to take the Plate trophy at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.
Photo courtesy of World Rugby/Martin Seras Lima
The fifth-place finish extends Australia’s advantage over the English to three points in the race for automatic qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Geraint John said: “After the disappointment against New Zealand in the Cup Quarter-Finals, I thought we played very well today. Sometimes you play six games and lose just the one and most weekends you find yourselves in the Cup Semi’s or Finals.
“To beat a side of England’s calibre – a team competing with us for one of those top four spots – will gives us good confidence and a lot to take from the weekend. Read more
Sunday February 15, 2015 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Cup hopes of the Australian Men’s team at the Las Vegas Sevens have ended after falling to defeat to an impressive New Zealand side (28-7) this afternoon.
|New Zealand’s Joe Webber scored a hat-trick in his sides 28-7 win over Australia in the quarter finals at the USA Sevens.
Photo courtesy of World Rugby/Martin Seras Lima
In the Cup Quarter-Finals clash, Beaudine Waaka opened the scoring for New Zealand after two minutes before Joe Webber doubled his sides advantage to give the All Blacks a 14-0 lead over the Aussies at the break.
A second half double from the dynamic Webber completed his hat-trick with Australia’s only reply coming through Greg Jeloudev late on.
The result means that Australia will play Canada in the Plate Semi-Final tomorrow morning (AEDT) at the Sam Boyd Stadium. In the other Plate Semi-Final, France will take on England.
Australian Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said: “We started off well against Scotland and continued where we left off yesterday demonstrating a good skill level. But that doesn’t count for anything when the Cup Quarter-Finals come around and we simply didn’t perform against New Zealand. Read more
Saturday February 7, 2015 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished its Wellington campaign in sixth place after defeats to hosts New Zealand and Fiji on Day Two at Westpac Stadium today.
Australian Head Coach Geraint John was disappointed his side didn’t execute the basics against the All Blacks and the Fijians though immediately set his sights on next week’s tournament in Las Vegas: “I thought we played reasonably well against Kenya but we made far too many errors in the games against New Zealand and Fiji. Errors you can’t make at this level.
“We made some early mistakes against New Zealand and were punished, and even when we created some excellent opportunities in the second half I felt we lost a little composure. In the final game against Fiji we made what I would call uncharacteristic errors. The game was physical, sure, but that’s the nature of Sevens. Read more
Friday February 6, 2015 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens team has set up a lunchtime Quarter-Final date with hosts New Zealand on Saturday after finishing second in Pool C at the Wellington Sevens.
Victories over Wales (36-5) and Portugal (29-0) earlier in the day secured qualification for the Cup Quarter-Finals before Fiji defeated the Aussies (14-5) late on the opening day to take top spot in the group in front of a vibrant crowd at Westpac Stadium.
Australian Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said: “It was disappointing to lose the last game against Fiji but our number one priority was to reach the top eight. I think the day showed where we are at as a team at the moment. We’re competitive and we’re no easy match for anyone. Read more
Monday December 15, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John has lauded his charges after they recorded their second top-three finish in consecutive weeks.
Australia finished third in Port Elizabeth to go with their runner-up spot last weekend in Dubai as John’s side cemented a top-four spot in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens
World Series standings. After seeing off the challenge of Fiji (31-19), they fell to eventual winners and new series leaders South Africa (10-19) in the Cup Semi-Final. Australia then saw off Argentina (34-19) in the 3rd/4th Place Play-Off. Read more
Sunday December 7, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s side has jumped up into the automatic qualification spots for the Rio Olympics in 2016 after thrilling their way to the Cup Final at the 7evens Stadium in Dubai.
However, Australia will have to wait another year for its first-ever title in Dubai with South Africa claiming the Cup Final after a hard-earned 33-7 win.
Head Coach Geraint John was proud of the performances that have seen Australia move up to third in the 2014/15 Sevens World Series standings. Read more
Saturday December 6, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens side will play Scotland in the Cup Quarter-Finals later today (Saturday) at the Dubai Sevens after topping Pool C on Day One.
Australia beat the old enemy England (12-5) in the final game of the day for the first time in the history of the Dubai Sevens to maintain their 100% record at this year’s tournament.
Men’s Head Coach Geraint John said: “I thought we showed excellent maturity and calmness under pressure in the game against England. We stayed in our structures, didn’t panic and showed a great attitude to win…particularly in the last few minutes when we were making last-ditch tackles and working our socks off despite the odd mistake here and there. Read more
Sunday October 12, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Head Coach Geraint John was left to lament indifferent decision-making at crucial times as his Australian Men’s Sevens side endured heartbreaking defeats to South Africa and Argentina as their Gold Coast Sevens campaign ended on a low note on Sunday.
John said: “I think we were ok on Day One but we were disappointing in that last match against Fiji. I think we had opportunities against South Africa and Argentina today but we weren’t clinical enough.
“We have to make sure that we make the right decisions and that it doesn’t affect the rest of our season. The players will now take some time off and review what they went in this tournament and we’ll move on from there.” Read more
Saturday October 11, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s side has qualified for the Cup Quarter-Finals of the Gold Coast Sevens despite losing to a rampaging Fiji side (35-12) in the final match of Day One at Cbus Super Stadium.
A late Cameron Clark double reduced the arrears for Geraint’s John men after Fiji – buoyed by a noisy following from the stands – had raced into a 35-point lead early in the second period.
The defeat means Australia will play Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists South Africa in a mouthwatering clash tomorrow for a place in the Cup Semi-Finals. Read more