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All Blacks Sevens Make History in Hamilton

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The All Blacks Sevens extended their record as the
most successful team on home soil in the history of the HSBC World
Rugby Sevens Series with a 27-5 defeat of France in the HSBC New
Zealand Sevens Cup final on Sunday.

The title was New Zealand’s tenth on home soil but
the first in Hamilton, having won their last title in Wellington
in 2016. It was also their 60th title in series history and the
second of the season after victory in Cape Town last month.

The victory extended the All Blacks Sevens’ advantage
at the top of the standings from nothing to 15 points over South
Africa, who could only finish 10th in Hamilton. France are third on 48
points with England fourth on 39.

All Blacks Sevens co-captain Tim Mikkelson said, “The
French have that flair and they’re a team on the rise, they’re
playing extremely well. We haven’t gone that well the last couple
of years so we felt like we owed it to the crowd and to our
families here to go well this tournament. Everything we do
we do it for each other, it doesn’t matter if you start or come
off the bench, you’ve got a role to play. The boys are just keen
to work for each other. To play in front of our families is
something special and to do that in front of our families and to
win it is even better.”

The teams now head across the
Tasman to Australia for the HSBC Sydney Sevens at Bankwest Stadium
on 1-2 February, round four of the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Series 2020. The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will take
place 3-5 April 2020.


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Irish Rugby | Conroy And Kennedy Star As Ireland Chase Olympic Dream In Monaco

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The Ireland Men’s Sevens, sponsored by TritonLake, recorded three Pool wins from three on the opening day of the World Rugby Sevens Repechage on Saturday, teeing Anthony Eddy’s side up for a shot at qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday.

Resounding victories over Zimbabwe, Mexico and Tonga ensured Ireland made the perfect start to the weekend at Stade Louis II, with Terry Kennedy and Jordan Conroy standing out by sharing 14 tries between them on the opening day of the tournament.

Kennedy was at his electric best in the heat of Monaco, showcasing his superb footwork and devastating turn of pace throughout Day 1, most notably when scoring a first-half hat-trick against Zimbabwe in Ireland’s Pool A opener on Saturday morning.

Conroy, who was last year’s top try scorer on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, got in on the act too, crossing for a first-half brace during the 31-10 win over the African side. In Ireland’s second outing, Eddy’s men scored 31 unanswered points against Mexico, with Kennedy (2), Conroy and Ian Fitzpatrick (2) on the scoresheet.

Ireland saved their best performance of the day for their third outing as they ran out 43-0 winners over Tonga. Conroy and Kennedy helped themselves to a hat-trick apiece, while Harry McNulty was Ireland’s other try-scorer.

It means Ireland – chasing history and a place in Tokyo – sit second in Pool A behind Samoa, who they face on Sunday at 1.33pm local time/12.33pm Irish time. That final Pool game will determine who finishes first and second, with the top two safely progressing through to the semi-finals.

In Pool B, France lead the way from Chile on points difference, with Chile sitting in third.

The outright winner of the tournament will secure the final Men’s qualification spot for this summer’s Olympics.

World Rugby Sevens Repechage, Saturday’s Results:

  • Ireland 31-10 Zimbabwe
  • Ireland 31-0 Mexico
  • Ireland 43-0 Tonga.

World Rugby Sevens Repechage, Sunday’s Fixtures:

  • Pool A: Ireland v Samoa, 1.33pm local time/12.33pm Irish time
  • Semi-Final 1: 4.23pm local time/3.23pm Irish time
  • Semi-Final 2: 4.45pm local time/3.45pm Irish time
  • Final: 7.07pm local time/6.07pm Irish time.

Ireland Men’s Sevens Squad:

Jack Kelly (Dublin University)
Harry McNulty (LA Giltinis)
Foster Horan (Lansdowne)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne)
Adam Leavy (Lansdowne)
Billy Dardis (Terenure College)
Sean Cribbin (Suttonians)
Hugo Lennox (Skerries)
Greg O’Shea (Shannon RFC)
Terry Kennedy (St Mary’s College)
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers)
Aaron Sexton (Malone/Ulster)
Mark Roche (Lansdowne)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College).

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The Fiji Times » Kali impresses Baber

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Physio William Kwoong attands to Kalione Nasoko during the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team training at the Leichhardt Oval ground in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Physio William Kwoong attends to Kalione Nasoko during the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team training at the Leichhardt Oval ground in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Former Fiji 7s captain Kalione Nasoko has impressed head coach Gareth Baber during training following his lengthy recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury which he suffered in 2019.

Nasoko is part of the 18-member Fiji 7s squad that is in Brisbane preparing for the 2021 PacificAus Sports Oceania Sevens tournament which will be held in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia from June 25-27.

According to Baber, Nasoko had trained particularly well working on himself and sacrificed a lot to get him where he needed to be. Baber said Nasoko put extra effort during training to get back into shape because he did not have the same game time as the others in the squad.

“It is great to see him at his leading best during training sessions and not only just on the field of play but also when it came down to the conditioning sessions,” Baber said.

“He has been leading the players on the standards that are necessary in the group.”

Nasoko sustained the ACL injury during the HSBC Canada 7s which proved to be a big blow for the ‘Yasawa Flyer’ as it prevented him from pursuing his professional career with Pro 14 club Edinburgh Rugby.

After his recovery Nasoko featured for the Police Blues team in the Fiji Rugby Union’s Super Sevens Series earlier this year earning him a recall into the national training squad.

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The Fiji Times » Best 13 for Tokyo – Baber to make his toughest decision

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Selecting the best 13 for the defence of the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games is the toughest decision facing Fiji 7s head coach Gareth Baber with not only the dreams and hopes of the players but also the nation and fans around the globe on the line.

An 18-member squad is in Australia preparing for the PacificAus Sports Oceania Sevens tournament next week. Baber is also targeting to secure the services of France-based Aminiasi Tuimaba, Vilimoni Botitu and England-based Semi Radradra to join the side to form the best available combination to complete the task ahead.

According to Baber, a huge amount of investment goes into producing a team where it needs to be to win a gold medal. He said a lot of the players were like his sons and it felt like that at times.

“I know that I’m going to have tough conversations,” Baber said.

“It’s happened before and it’s going to happen again in my coaching career. That is part and parcel of what we do.

“What I do know is that even though it is tough, every member of our squad knows they have a part that they are playing including those 13 who will be on the platform that they can go and exactly show the world exactly what they can do.”

Under Baber’s guidance, Fiji has won the 2018-2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, but fell short at the 2018 World Cup Sevens finishing fourth and lost in the final to New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia in the same year.

Baber said when the side came up short then it was not a personal decision. He said players who did not make it to the previous Olympic Games went on to represent Fiji at the world series and the Commonwealth Games.

“It is simply about the way the team needs to operate and move. It is the hardest thing I do and I do not look at it in any stretched imagination.

“This is part of being international athletes and selection and dropping of players is part of that. We treat it with the maturity that it needs and as the management we give it the sensitivity it needs in relation to where these players can still progress regardless of whether they are selected or not.”

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