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NBC Sports Signs Deal For World Rugby Sevens Series Through 2023

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NBC Sports has inked a four-year deal to air the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on its platforms through 2023. The World Rugby Sevens is an annual series of seven-a-side tournaments featuring the national teams from 17 countries. The deal will provide more than 300 hours of programming on NBCSN, Olympic Channel, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. It will also be available with a subscription to streaming platform NBC Sports Gold.

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World Series Vancouver 7s rugby scores, blog, updates, video, highlights, finals, Aquaman, South Africa

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Defending World Series champions South Africa returned to peak form to win the Canada Sevens title on Monday (AEDT), beating surprise packets France 21-12 in the cup final.

Shorn of some key players due to injury and Super Rugby switches, the Blitzboks have not been at their best during the 2018-19 season but turned it on in Vancouver to win their first tournament since Paris last year.

Impi Visser, Selvyn Davids and Werner Kok were South Africa’s try-scorers, while Pierre Gilles Lakafia and Stephen Parez crossed for France.

“It was a much needed win for our team and I think the boys played some fantastic rugby throughout the tournament,” South Africa captain Philip Snyman said.

“I’m really happy with the win and hopefully we can build on this one now.

“There’s a lot of talent in this group and back home and I can’t wait to see everyone together as it was only a matter of time before this team started to gel.

“They showed glimpses this week of what they can do and I believe there is a strong squad coming through.”

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Diminutive playmaker Davids was named player of the final while the Blitzboks jumped to fourth on the overall series standings.

“It was a great final, what can I say,” Davids said.

“We knew France were going to come for us.

“I wouldn’t have achieved this if it wasn’t for my team so thanks to them.

“We’ve a lot of youngsters but like the coach said, if we can gel together then anything is possible.”

Just reaching the final was a remarkable turnaround for France, who had finished 15th a week earlier in Las Vegas.

It was France’s first appearance in a cup final since 2012.

South Africa annihilated crowd favourites Fiji 31-12 in the first semifinal while France demolished World Series leaders the United States 33-5 in the second.

The USA had won the previous tournament in Las Vegas and played in every cup final this season.

Earlier, Fiji beat fierce rivals New Zealand 22-21 in a thrilling quarterfinal, as Alasio Naduva intercepted an all advised Vilimoni Koroi offload to run the length of the field and score in the final play of the game.

In the other quarterfinals, USA edged England 21-19, South Africa outclassed Argentina 33-12 and France belted Samoa 35-12.

Australia beat Canada 35-21 in the second tier Challenge Trophy final, gaining valuable points as they seek qualification for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The top four at the end of the series qualify automatically for Tokyo.

The Aussies were knocked out of the cup draw with a 36-12 loss to New Zealand on day one, earning the wrath of coach Tim Walsh.

“All we could do today was put yesterday’s disappointment behind us and play the moment,” Walsh said.

“We played without fear, did the basics well and were creative.

“We are far from pleased with our North American leg and automatic top four qualification is looking out of our grasp.

“We need to be better, build depth and use the remainder of the season to build momentum and prepare for Olympic qualification.

“Nick Malouf and Simon Kennewell again were standouts and Dylan Pietsch came into the tournament with electrifying impact.

“We say farewell to Michael Wells as he returns to Super Rugby.

“He saved his best till last and has added value through his stint.”

Australia is sixth in the overall standings on 65 points while the USA (113 points) extended their lead at the top from New Zealand (106).

Fiji is third on 101, followed by South Africa on 89 and England on 80.

The series next heads across the Pacific for stops in Hong Kong from April 5-7 and Singapore on April 13-14.

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France, Ireland, Russia and Samoa lead the way on day two of Olympic Repechage tournament

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France, Hong Kong, Ireland and Samoa remain in contention in the men’s repechage while Argentina, Hong Kong, France, Kazakhstan and Russia are undefeated in the women’s tournament.

France set the pace in both the men’s and women’s Olympic Repechage tournament on a pulsating second day of action at Stade Louis II in Monaco.

Both squads won all of their matches on day two to book their place in Sunday’s play-offs and maintain their hopes of qualifying for Tokyo 2020.

Hong Kong, Ireland and Samoa will join France in the men’s play-offs, while Argentina, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Russia also have 100 per cent records in the women’s pool stage.

VIEW ALL OF DAY TWO’S MEN’S RESULTS HERE >> (https://bit.ly/3q7FTSi)

France’s men began their Pool B campaign in impressive fashion as they beat Jamaica 40-0 on Saturday morning.

The Crocs managed to restrict their opponents to two first-half tries, scored by Remi Siega and Antoine Zeghdar, but France cut loose in the second period and added further scores through Jean-Pascal Barraque, Jonathan Laugel, Sacha Valleau and Terry Bouhraoua.

Siega (twice), Zeghdar, Barraque and Laugel were on the scoresheet again when France faced Chile later on day two, while Pierre Mignot added a brace to help put the gloss on a 43-7 victory.

“We started well and that’s very important in rugby sevens,” France’s Marvin O’Connor said. “We’re really happy to be here and we’re enjoying every moment.”

France will play Hong Kong on Sunday, with the winner topping Pool B. Salom Yui Kam Shing scored two tries as the Asian team opened their repechage campaign with a 31-5 defeat of Jamaica.

Hong Kong then trailed Chile by eight points with a little more than two minutes of their second match remaining. But late tries from Shing, Russell Webb and Alex McQueen secured a 26-15 victory.

Chile and Jamaica played the final men’s match on day two, and the South Americans ran in five tries to emerge victorious 31-5.

In Pool A, Ireland suffered a setback during their opening match against Zimbabwe as they lost captain Billy Dardis to injury. But, a Terry Kennedy hat-trick ensured they started the repechage with a 31-10 win.

Kennedy added two more tries as Mexico were beaten 31-0 and another three as Tonga went down 43-0. Jordan Conroy also notched a hat-trick against the Pacific Islanders.

Samoa top the pool overnight, though, and should provide a stern test for the Irish on Sunday.

A youthful Manu Samoa Sevens squad opened with a 69-5 win against Mexico, secured regional bragging rights as they ran in seven tries to beat Tonga 47-5 and rounded their day off with a 33-7 defeat of Zimbabwe.

Tonga ended day two on a high, meanwhile, as Malakai Fekitoa’s first try for the country of his birth helped them to a 21-12 win against Mexico.

VIEW ALL OF DAY TWO’S WOMEN’S RESULTS HERE >> (https://bit.ly/3zFWl0a)

Russia had an enjoyable day in the Monaco sunshine, winning their two Pool A matches at Stade Louis II by an aggregate score of 87-0.

Samoa were the Russians’ first opponents and Baizat Khamidova scored three tries as the Pacific Islanders were beaten 32-0. Elena Zdrokova then grabbed a hat-trick of her own as Mexico were defeated 55-0.

Argentina stand between Russia and a perfect pool campaign, and the South Americans also won both of their matches on day two, beating Mexico 36-0 and Samoa 15-12.

Tunisia lead the way in Pool B at the end of day two, thanks to their impressive 46-5 defeat of Papua New Guinea, in which the African side ran in eight tries.

Kazakhstan beat Tunisia later in the day, however, as Vlada Odnoletok crossed the whitewash twice in the second half to secure a 12-0 win for Anna Yakovleva’s side.

Jamaica’s withdrawal meant that Kazakhstan had to wait until 17:00 local time for their first match, but the Asia nation will top the pool if they beat Papua New Guinea on Sunday morning.

France brought an end to the day’s action and Séraphine Okembe treated fans to a four-try performance in her side’s 47-0 victory against Colombia, which ensured Les Bleues top Pool C overnight.

David Courteix’s side, who narrowly missed out on automatic Olympic qualification via the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series (www.World.rugby/sevens-series), started their repechage campaign in fine style against Madagascar. Lina Guerin scored three of France’s seven tries as they beat the African side 49-0.

France will play Hong Kong on Sunday, and Iain Monaghan’s side also boast a 100 per cent record going into the match.

Hong Kong began their Pool C campaign with a 31-10 win over Colombia — which featured a Chong Ka Yan hat-trick — but they found things tougher against Madagascar, recovering from 12-0 down to win 19-12.

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Canada end Hong Kong Sevens with losses to Kenya, Wales

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Canada’s rugby team will leave the HSBC Sevens Series stop in Hong Kong with just one victory.

The team lost 19-0 to Kenya in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals and 29-14 to Wales in the 13th-place match on Sunday.

WATCH | Canada vs. Kenya:

Watch Canada take on Kenya in the Challenge Trophy Quarters at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Hong Kong. 21:29

Canada went 1-2 in their pool matches, picking up their lone win against Portugal on Saturday.

WATCH | Canada vs. Wales:

Watch Canada battle it out with Wales in the 13th place semi at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Hong Kong. 22:05

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