Rugby Sevens

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

Aussie Cup dreams go bust at Las Vegas

Sunday February 15, 2015 by  

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

Aussies falter in Wellington Plate Final

Saturday February 7, 2015 by  

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

Aussie Sevens to face hosts in Cup Quarter Finals

Friday February 6, 2015 by  

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