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Australia falls to New Zealand in thrilling Sydney 7s Final

Sunday February 7, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens Team have fallen to arch rivals New Zealand 27-24 in a gripping finale to the inaugural Sydney 7s.

Australia’s Henry Speight takes on South Africa during the Cup Quarter Final at the Sydney 7s.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

In front of a sell out crowd of 37,095, the Aussie men turned on a stirring display for their adoring home fans, leading their Trans-Tasman rivals throughout the contest until the visitors landed a cruel blow on full time to steal the win.

Across the weekend 73,313 fans entered the turnstiles of the Sydney 7s and fans were treated to an exciting atmosphere with colours and costumes that came from every corner of the globe, announcing Sydney’s arrival in the Sevens World Series as one of the hottest tickets on the Rugby calendar.

The absorbing Final delivered a fitting finale to a tournament that will leave a lasting legacy. Read more

Australia through to Sydney 7s Quarter Finals

Saturday February 6, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team is through to the Quarter Finals of the inaugural Sydney 7s, going undefeated throughout day one after finishing the day with a dramatic 17-17 draw against New Zealand.

Australia’s Tom Cusack takes on New Zealand during the final Day One match at the Sydney 7s.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

In a thrilling final match of the day, a delirious home crowd were on the edge of their seats as the men in gold jumped out to a 17-5 half time lead before eventually surrendering a late lead when Hurricanes forward Ardie Savea crossed on the final siren to force a 17-all draw.

Australia defeated Portugal (24-7), Canada (26-12) and finished the day with a draw against New Zealand (17-17) in their three matches and were edged by the All Blacks Sevens into second place in Pool A.

36, 218 entered through the turnstiles of Allianz Stadium taking in the fantastic carnival atmosphere as Sydney embraced the inaugural event. The theme for the day was “go global” and supporters from all walks of life adorned costumes from all over the world in a sea of colour and noise. Read more

Aussie men finish on a high at Wellington Sevens

Sunday January 31, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side has finished the Wellington Sevens tournament in Fifth Place after defeating Argentina in the Plate Final, 21-5.

The young Australian side improved throughout the Wellington tournament, dropping just the one match to eventual finalists South Africa in the Cup Quarter Finals.

Hosts New Zealand sent Westpac Stadium into raptures with an exciting come-from-behind victory against rivals South Africa to win the Cup Final after time had expired, setting up an exciting opportunity for a rematch at the inaugural Sydney 7s next weekend. Read more

Australia sweep pool at Wellington Sevens

Saturday January 30, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has booked a place in the Wellington Sevens Cup Quarter Finals against South Africa tomorrow after finishing top of Pool D on day one.

Australia had an unbeaten run on the opening day of the tournament with victories over Portugal (19-12), Canada (26-22) and Kenya (17-12).

Australian Men’s Sevens interim Head Coach Scott Bowen said: “I think overall we did well and improved from game to game.
“These guys haven’t played together as a team that often and the combinations were a bit disjointed in our first match against Portugal. Read more

Cooper signs on with Sevens program

Friday January 22, 2016 by  

The Australian Rugby Union today announced Quade Cooper has joined the Australian Sevens program and will be available for selection for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The 27-year-old flyhalf will be released by his French club side Toulon for the Sydney, Paris and London legs of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series. He will then link up with the squad in Sydney ahead of the Olympics.

Cooper, who has won 58 Test caps and was part of the Wallabies squad that finished runners-up at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, said: “I’m passionate about Australian Rugby and to be given this opportunity to represent my country in a different form of the game is one which excites me. Read more

Cummins inks 2016 deal with Sevens program

Tuesday January 12, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens program today confirmed the signing of Wallaby outside back Nick Cummins for 2016.

The 28-year-old will link up with the squad in March and will be available for selection for the final four legs of 2015-16 Sevens World Series season until the conclusion of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Affectionately known as the ‘Honey Badger’, Cummins has won 15 caps for the Wallabies and represented the national Sevens side on eight occasions in the World Series. Read more

Friend appointed Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach

Tuesday January 5, 2016 by  

The Australian Sevens program has named Andy Friend as the national Men’s Sevens Head Coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Andy Friend named head coach of the Aussie Men’s Sevens team.
Photo courtesy of ARU Media

Friend will join the Australian Sevens program from Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath at the conclusion of the current Japan Top League season later this month.

Prior to his four seasons in Japan, the 46-year-old was previously in charge of the ACT Brumbies, Head Coach at English Premiership club Harlequins, coaching assistant at the NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies and was part of the Wallabies coaching set-up in 2002 and 2003.

Current interim boss Scott Bowen and the coaching staff at the Australian Sevens centralised base in Narrabeen will prepare the team in the lead up to the Wellington and Sydney legs of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series. Read more

Australian Rugby announces new media rights arrangements

Thursday December 17, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has announced new and significantly improved media rights arrangements for 2016-2020 which will enable the code to re-energise the game at grassroots level and invest in key strategic areas to ensure its future health and prosperity.

The ARU will receive a total of AUD $285m in media rights revenue from the total package of SANZAAR agreements – a 148% increase on revenue achieved from the previous media rights arrangements (2011-15).

Fox Sports will continue its proud partnership with Rugby after retaining the Australian rights for Test matches played in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as the expanded 18-team Asteron Life Super Rugby competition which will for the first time feature teams from Argentina and Japan in 2016. Read more

Aussies finish seventh in Cape Town

Monday December 14, 2015 by  

Back-to-back defeats on Finals day has consigned the Australian Men’s Sevens team to seventh place in Cape Town overnight.

Australia lost to hosts and eventual winners South Africa (25-5) in the Cup Quarter-Final and then fell well short against World Series Champions Fiji (38-19) in the Plate Semi-Final.

Australian Men’s Sevens interim Head Coach Scott Bowen said: “After the results we had yesterday everyone was looking forward to playing the host nation in front of an awesome crowd in a great stadium. However, this game is unforgiving and there is very little room for error against the very top sides. Read more

Aussie Men’s Sevens finish sixth at Dubai

Sunday December 6, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side has ended the Dubai Sevens in sixth after narrow defeats to the countries that finished first and second in last year’s World Series.

Australia fell short against Fiji (19-12) in the Cup Quarter-Final before beating Samoa (28-10) in the Plate Semi-Final. Their campaign in the opening round of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series ended with defeat to South Africa in sudden death extra-time (19-14).

Australian Men’s interim Head Coach Scott Bowen said: “Even though the end result was disappointing it was probably fair. I thought the game against Fiji was a lost opportunity. We had a plan on how we wanted to play the game which worked well but we couldn’t execute at crucial times. Being the side they are, Fiji capitalised on that. Read more