Sunday March 24, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens have been ousted from the Hong Kong Sevens following a 12-5 loss to Samoa in the Plate semifinal on Sunday.
The Australians entered the final day having finished second in their pool, but an early 29-5 loss to Fiji in the Cup quarter final sent them to the Plate playoffs.
Men’s Sevens coach Michael O’Connor was disappointed in his side’s performance on the final day of the tournament, having done so well to make it the Cup playoffs. Read more
Friday March 22, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Women’s Sevens’ undefeated at the Hong Kong Sevens has come to an end following a 29-0 defeat to Canada in the Cup final on Friday.
Playing at Hong Kong Stadium on Friday night, the Australian women were outmatched by the Canadians, who ran in five tries and defended fiercely to deny the Australians.
Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane said while he was disappointed with the result, it was another experience-building opportunity. Read more
Friday March 15, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Australian Men’s Sevens coach, Michael O’Connor, has named his squad for the Hong Kong and Tokyo rounds of the Sevens World Series, with two changes to the side that claimed Shield honours in Las Vegas.
Injuries to Jordan Tuapou and Peter Lee have forced the two changes, prompting call ups for former Australian Sevens player James Stannard and uncapped Brisbane Premier Rugby player Simon Morahan.
O’Connor is happy with the squad he has compiled with the tour and said Stannard will add further experience to his young side. Read more
Friday March 1, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Australia’s Men’s Sevens side have been drawn in Pool A alongside France, Spain and Tunisia for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow this June.
The official Rugby World Cup Sevens pool draw took place overnight in the host city with the Australians ranked at the top of Pool A.
The 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens will take place in Russia from 28-30 June, giving sides four more rounds of the Sevens World Series to prepare. Read more
Monday February 11, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens have claimed the Shield in emphatic fashion at the Las Vegas Sevens, securing a 41-0 win over Uruguay on day three of the tournament.
The Australians found themselves contesting the Shield in the fifth round of the Sevens World Series after leaving the pool stage with just one win from three and falling to England in the Bowl quarter-final.
Men’s Sevens coach Michael O’Connor said inexperience and a lack of mental toughness cost his team. Read more
Sunday February 10, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens are set to face Kenya in the Shield semifinal after a 26-21 loss to England in the Bowl quarter-final on day two of the Las Vegas Sevens.
The Australians got off to a strong start against England, scoring early through Lewis Holland to take a 7-0 lead following a successful conversion to Cam Clark.
The lead didn’t last long as England fired back to take a 14-7 lead at half time before going on to control the second half. Read more
Wednesday February 6, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens have set their sights on a more consistent performance as they take to the field this weekend in the fifth round of the Sevens World Series in Las Vegas.
The Australians will be hoping to improve their season-best finish in Wellington last weekend, when a 22-7 win over Scotland saw them claim the Plate championship.
Head coach Michael O’Connor said his team was looking forward to building on last weekend’s performance. Read more
Sunday February 3, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Australian debutant Ellia Green has scored a try in sudden-death extra time to help her side claim a 17-12 win over New Zealand for a third place finish at the second round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Houston.
With the score locked at 12-12 at full time, the Women’s Sevens pressured New Zealand throughout extra time before Green was able to capitalise out wide, touching down in the corner to seal the match.
Green’s performance is all the more remarkable considering this was her first-ever Sevens tournament of any format, after she was brought into the Australian squad following attendance at one of Australian Rugby Union’s Pathway to Gold Talent ID camps last year. Read more
Monday January 21, 2013 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Aussie Thunderbolts development side has defeated Samoa 19-14 to claim the Plate final at the Uprising Fiji International Sevens over the weekend.
The tournament is the first for members of the Australian men’s Sevens squad this year, as coach Michael O’Connor looks to firm up selections ahead of the resumption of the Sevens World Series, which returns to action in February in Wellington.
“We were looking for the opportunity to improve ahead of Wellington and this is a quality tournament featuring a lot of strong international competition,” O’Connor said. Read more
Tuesday December 11, 2012 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens squad has bounced back from a poor showing in Dubai to claim Bowl honours in Port Elizabeth, South Africa at the final tournament of 2012 as part of the 2012-13 HSBC Sevens World Series.
The Australians defeated recent Dubai winners Samoa 26-14 on Day Two of the tournament to take out the Bowl final in convincing fashion.
The Men’s Sevens opened the scoring in the second minute with a try to captain Con Foley, but trailed 14-5 at half time. Read more