Rugby Sevens

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

Aussie Women left frustrated in Canada

Monday April 20, 2015 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team has finished seventh at the inaugural Canada Sevens after suffering two defeats from three games on Finals Day in Langford, British Columbia.

Australia were knocked out of the Cup competition at the Quarter-Final stage after losing to Russia (17-12), before falling to the USA (29-10) in the Plate Semi-Final. Fiji (22-0) were accounted for in the 7th/8th Place Play-Off as the green and gold took eight World Series points away from a packed Westhills Stadium.

Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “It goes without saying that we’re all bitterly disappointed. The most common aspect of our game that let us down is the ruck area. It is something that we need to get right if we are to contest for Cups in London and Amsterdam. Teams are piling in numbers in the ruck and we have to work how we deal with that. Read more

Defeat to USA caps poor weekend in Tokyo

Sunday April 5, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side slipped out of the HSBC Sevens World Series top four placings for the first time since December after finishing a disappointing weekend in Tokyo in tenth position.

After missing out on the Cup competition, Australia defeated Kenya (14-5) in the Bowl Quarter-Final before seeing off Wales (17-12) in the Bowl Semi-Final. A sudden-death extra-time loss to the USA (12-17) saw Geraint John’s side leave the Prince Chichibu Stadium with eight points.

Australian Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said: “I thought we dug in and I couldn’t fault the attitude of the players today, but I still don’t think we played too well and we left a lot of tries out on the field. The game against the USA summed up our weekend, it was another game where chances went begging. Read more

Australia out of Cup contention

Saturday April 4, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team endured a day to forget after failing to qualify for the Cup competition from the pool stage at the Tokyo Sevens this afternoon.

Defeats to Portugal (10-12) and Scotland (14-17) were preceded by a win over New Zealand (19-14), denting Australia’s ambitions of a top four spot that would secure automatic qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Australia will meet Kenya in the Bowl Quarter-Finals tomorrow.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said: “If we’re being really honest, we’re extremely disappointed with how we performed today. No disrespect to Portugal or Scotland, but those first two games were our worst of the season. I didn’t see those displays coming and if I had have done I would have done something about it. Read more

Aussie Sevens finish fifth in Hong Kong

Sunday March 29, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side has finished fifth at the Hong Kong Sevens to win the Plate Final but more importantly extend its advantage over England to six points with just three rounds of the 2014/15 HSBC World Series to play.

Australia lost its Cup Quarter-Final clash to South Africa (5-7), before winning the Plate competition after beating England (12-7) and then the USA (21-17) in two colossal battles.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said: “I thought defensively we were outstanding both today and over the whole of the weekend. We showed a great attitude against some physically tough sides. Our only defeats came against sides in the top three but when I look back at the weekend I do so with mixed emotions. Read more

Sydney secures multi-year World Sevens deal

Monday March 9, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union today announced Sydney will be the home of the Australian leg of the Sevens World Series for the next four years from the 2015-16 season.

The Sydney Sevens will take place at Allianz Stadium in Moore Park, with dates of the event to be confirmed by World Rugby at the end of the month.

Currently in its 16th season, the Sevens World Series consists of nine tournaments held around the world, in which national Sevens teams compete for World Series points at each round. Fast-paced and thrilling, the inaugural Sydney Sevens will take place just a matter of months before Rugby Sevens makes its debut at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Read more

Vancouver to join World Sevens Series

Tuesday February 24, 2015 by  

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

Australia step up to the Plate

Monday February 16, 2015 by  

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