Rugby Sevens

Aussie Sevens fall at final London hurdle

Monday May 12, 2014 by  

Michael O’Connor’s swansong as Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach ended in heartache after his side pushed the 2013/14 HSBC World Series Champions New Zealand to the limit, eventually falling short in a points-laden Cup Final at the London Sevens.

The 52-33 scoreline in favour of the Kiwis was the highest total amount of points ever recorded in a World Series Cup Final, although it was all Australia for the first five minutes of the first period as they raced into a 21-0 lead when Tom Lucas, Afa Pakalani and Con Foley all scored. Ben Lam and a Scott Curry (two tries) hit back for New Zealand to level it up at the break.

The lethal Gillies Kaka gave New Zealand the lead early in the second half but Foley responded again to level it up at 28-28 apiece. Tim Mikkelson, Lam and Kaka restored the advantage for the New Zealanders before Sam Myers crossed for his seventh try of a wonderful tournament for the man from Forbes. Adam Whitelock rounded off the scoring with the last play of the game for the World Series Champions. Read more

Aussie Sevens campaign ends in Glasgow

Monday May 5, 2014 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team slipped to defeats against a powerful New Zealand outfit and an inspired England side on Day Two to finish their Glasgow Sevens campaign in joint-seventh place at Scotstoun Stadium.

Michael O’Connor’s young team were always up against it versus an All Blacks team now within touching distance of securing its fourth consecutive Sevens World Series crown after claiming the Glasgow Sevens title.

After a cagey start, Tim Mikkelson pierced a hole in the Australian defence to open the scoring before Scott Curry gave his side a 10-0 at the break after crossing the line after the half-time siren. Read more

Men’s Sevens denied Bowl win

Monday December 9, 2013 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens dipped out of round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series  in Port Elizabeth, South Africa losing the Bowl Final to England by 28 – 19 overnight.

It was a spectacularly emotional round at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with the Cup trophy fittingly awarded to a motivated and passion-fuelled South African Sevens squad after they overcame Rugby Sevens heavyweights, New Zealand 17 – 14 in the Final.

Australia kicked off its campaign with a tough opening battle against recent Dubai Sevens Champions, Fiji on day one. Read more

Aussie Men’s Sevens win Dubai Bowl final

Sunday December 1, 2013 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens prevailed over Portugal by 17-12 to win the Bowl Final. Despite early pressure and a sin bin for Luke Morahan, Australia managed to score through Ed Jenkins, with a successful conversion to Paul Asquith giving them a 7-5 half-point lead.

The score was levelled at 12 all in the second half with tries to both sides, but good composure from the Aussie men saw Asquith cross the line again to seal the five-point win over Portugal.

It was a pleasing end to the Australian’s second round campaign after dipping out of Cup contention, suffering two losses in the opening day. Read more

Women’s Sevens storm to Dubai Cup victory

Sunday December 1, 2013 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team pulled off one of the greatest come backs in Sevens Rugby history to win round one of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, while the Men made an impressive bounce back to claim the Bowl Final in their second World Series round at the Dubai Sevens.

The Aussie women came back from 22-0 down in the Cup Final to defeat world champions, New Zealand 35-27 and take home the triumphant victory.

The Aussie Women’s comeback was spearheaded by debutant Rachel Crothers, who in her first ever World Series tournament scored seven tries, including three in the final, in one of the greatest debuts in Australian Rugby history. Read more

Aussies finish second at Gold Coast Sevens

Sunday October 13, 2013 by  

The Australians had plenty of support, with 13,320 on hand to watch day two of the tournament (weekend total 25,320), but the New Zealanders proved too strong for the home side.

Aussie Sevens’ James Stannard tackled in the group stage match against Scotland.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/IRB Sevens

Men’s Sevens coach Michael O’Connor was satisfied with finishing a final in the team’s home tournament.

“This is the best start to the year since I have been coaching.

“We’re obviously disappointed to lose it, but it was a courageous effort.

“I couldn’t fault the boys’ commitment, and at the end of the day we were beaten by a better team,” said O’Connor. Read more

Women’s Sevens win 2013 Oceania Championship

Sunday October 6, 2013 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens has come away champions after six straight wins at the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union’s 2013 Oceania Women’s Sevens Championship.

The side never looked threatened conceding only 22 points across the tournament.

Women’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh was satisfied with the victory on his debut outing. Read more

Gold Coast Sevens draw announced

Wednesday September 11, 2013 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team will play Samoa, Argentina and Scotland on Day One of the HSBC Sevens World Series opener, following the release today of the tournament draw.

Skilled Park will host 16 international teams playing 45 matches on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October for the opener of the nine Round HSBC World Sevens Series.

Holders of the World Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens trophies, New Zealand take on USA in the opening match of the tournament. Read more

Brumbies win 2013 World Club Sevens

Monday August 19, 2013 by  

The Brumbies were named Cup winners and Champions of the World Club Sevens in London overnight after downing Auckland 17-14 in the final.

After falling to Auckland in the pool rounds on Saturday, the Brumbies managed to finish the rest of the tournament without a loss eventually squaring the ledger against the Kiwi team in the final.

Player of the tournament, Henry Speight, scored a bucket load of tries during the two-day tournament while the rest of the side showed no weak links as they surged towards the final. Read more

Brumbies set for World Club Sevens

Monday August 12, 2013 by  

Brumbies utility back Robbie Coleman will lead the squad to London on Tuesday where it will compete in the World Club Rugby Seven’s Series.

A former sevens star who represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Coleman Captains a squad of 12 which boasts a quality mix of Super Rugby stars and the best of Canberra’s club competition, the John I Dent Cup.

Up front the Brumbies will be led by Etienne Oosthuizen, Stephan Van Der Walt, Andrew Smith and Jordan Smiler. Colby Faingaa and Matt Hawke strengthen the side further, while Henry Speight is sure to excite the Twickenham crowd in broken play. Read more