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Australia finish Singapore Sevens in fourth place

Sunday April 16, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Singapore 7s in fourth place after falling to England in the Third Place Play Off 12-14.

Australia’s Timothy Anstee goes on the charge against South Africa on day two of the Singapore Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

Australia defeated World Series leaders, South Africa in the Quarter Finals with a stunning come from behind 19-17 victory. Progressing to the top four, a quick American outfit accounted for Australia 7-40 before the men in gold fell in a tight battle against England 12-14.

The injury ravaged Aussie 7s were without veterans Ed Jenkins and James Stannard who were unable to play after injuries suffered on day one of the tournament.

It was left to the next generation of Aussie 7s talent to stand up with Tom Lucas, John Porch, Henry Hutchison, Charlie Taylor and Lachie Anderson all making an impact throughout the day. Read more

Australia through to the Singapore Sevens Quarter-Finals

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team are through to the Quarter-Finals in Singapore after finishing top of Pool C with three straight wins on day one.

Australia will play England in the Cup Quarter-Final at 2:52pm AEST on Sunday April 16, after victories against Samoa, Kenya and Argentina on Saturday.

It wasn’t without casualty though, with skipper Tom Lucas set to be monitored overnight while experienced duo James Stannard (nose) and Ed Jenkins (shoulder) won’t play any part on day two. Read more

ARU to consult Force and Rebels

Monday April 10, 2017 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today confirmed that one Australian team will be removed from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018.

SANZAAR’s announcement of the competition restructure on Sunday followed a month of stakeholder consultation after the SANZAAR Executive Committee formed a consensus view on Super Rugby returning to a 15-team format at its March meeting in London.

ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne said: “It is important for me to clarify firstly that the decision to remove a Super Rugby team from Australia was a decision made by the ARU, not by SANZAAR. Read more

Australia finish third at the Hong Kong Sevens

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished in third place at the Hong Kong 7s after defeating the USA 26-19.

Earlier in the day the Aussie 7s accounted for Argentina 21-12 in the Quarter Final before falling to a rampant Fiji 12-33 in the Semi Final.

Australia has been drawn in Pool C for the Singapore Sevens next weekend and will take on Argentina, Kenya and Samoa. Read more

Australia top Pool, progress to Quarter Finals

Saturday April 8, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has made the top eight of the Hong Kong Sevens and will compete in the Quarter Finals after finishing in first position in Pool A having defeated Samoa, South Korea and England.

Australia will play the second-place finisher in Pool D in either USA or Argentina at 12:58pm AEST on Sunday April 9.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I thought it was a great game of Rugby when we beat England. For our blokes to hold on and get that win, showed a lot of character and it’s really good for their momentum and confidence. Read more

Australia starts Hong Kong Sevens with a win

Friday April 7, 2017 by  

Australia has defeated Samoa 22-19 in the opening game of the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens, to put them in a strong position in Pool A.

Australia’s Ed Jenkins tackled by a couple of Samoan defenders during the Hong Kong Sevens opening match.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

It was a special occasion for Australian veteran Ed Jenkins, who earned his 50th Sevens cap when he ran out against Samoa in Hong Kong.

Australia will play England and South Korea on day two of the tournament tomorrow, as they push to secure progression through to the Quarter Finals.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “It was a really important match for us and a really dangerous match for us. Read more

ARU welcomes new World Rugby International Calendar

Friday March 17, 2017 by  

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) CEO, Bill Pulver has welcomed World Rugby’s announcement of an optimised International Calendar for 2020-2032.

The historic agreement will see the current June international window shift to July, enabling the Super Rugby competition to run uninterrupted from kick off in February through to a June Final.

There will also be a 39% increase in Test matches played between tier one and tier two nations, with all SANZAAR nations, including Australia set to host emerging Test nations in the July international window. Read more

Australia slip to seventh in Vancouver

Monday March 13, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side have fallen to New Zealand in the Fifth Place Semi-Final of the Canada Sevens in Vancouver.

Australia’s James Stannard was unable to stop Fijian flyer Masivesi Dakuwaqa on day two of the Vancouver Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

Earlier in the day, Australia was defeated by Fiji in the Cup Quarter-Final, who put on a masterclass of Sevens Rugby to take the match 28-10.

Australia take 10 points for finishing in seventh in Vancouver, leaving the side in sixth position on the World Series Standings.

The Aussie 7s will return home to begin their preparation for the infamous Hong Kong Sevens, which kicks off on April 7th.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “Both games today were similar in that we created opportunities but in those key moments of execution we weren’t able to finish it off. Read more

Australia through to Vancouver Sevens Quarter-Finals

Sunday March 12, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens are through to the Quarter Finals in Vancouver after two impressive wins against Japan and France before going down to USA in their final Pool C clash.

Young gun Liam McNamara notched a hat-trick of tries against Japan while Lachie Anderson’s star continues to rise after some dominant performances in the gold jersey.

Australia will play Fiji in a Cup Quarter-Final tomorrow, Monday March 13 at 6:14am (AEDT). Read more

Beale signs until the end of 2019

Friday March 10, 2017 by  

Kurtley Beale has signed with Australian Rugby, committing to a two-year deal with the ARU and NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019.

The 28-year old has returned to Australia following a season with Wasps in England, to re-unite with his Waratahs and Wallabies teammates.

A veteran of 60 Test caps, Beale was still eligible to play for Australia even if he decided to play his club rugby abroad. Read more