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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 | Ireland Squad For World Rugby Sevens Repechage Named

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IRFU Director of Sevens and Women’s Rugby, Anthony Eddy, has today named a 14-player Ireland Men’s Sevens squad, sponsored by TritonLake, for next week’s World Rugby Sevens Repechage in Monaco, as the team bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Billy Dardis will once again captain Ireland, who are one of 10 Men’s teams vying to secure the last place at this summer’s Games, when the World Rugby Sevens Repechage kicks off at Stade Louis II from 19-20 June.

Eddy has selected an experienced group to travel to Monaco, with 12 players having featured on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series previously for Ireland, while uncapped duo Gavin Mullin and Ulster winger Aaron Sexton complete the panel.

Harry McNulty, who has played 48 World Series matches, has returned to the squad and features alongside last season’s World Series top try-scorer Jordan Conroy, with the likes of Foster Horan, Ian Fitzpatrick, Terry Kennedy and Daris bringing a wealth of experience to the group.

Eddy‘s side will kick off their campaign against Zimbabwe (Kick-off 9.50am local time/8.50am Irish time) on Saturday, 19 June, before facing Mexico (12.12pm/11.12am) and Tonga (3.24pm/2.24pm) in further Pool A games that day.

Ireland will conclude the Pool stages on Sunday, 20 June against Samoa (1.17pm/12.17pm), with the top two teams from each Pool progressing through to the semi-finals. The final, with a ticket to Tokyo on the line, will take place at 7.07pm local time/6.07pm Irish time on Sunday, 20 June.

Commenting on his selection for Monaco, Eddy said: “I am really happy with the squad, and I must admit there were some really tough decisions as the competition within the squad has been at an all-time high in recent weeks.

“A number of players have been preparing for this tournament and opportunity for a number of years and they all know exactly what is at stake. I know they will be determined to be at their best and put in a performance over the weekend that they can be proud of. All the teams participating are chasing the same outcome so we must be at our best and we are looking forward to it.”

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)
Gavin Mullin (UCD)
Terry Kennedy (St Mary’s College)
Jordan Conroy (Buccaneers)
Aaron Sexton (Malone/Ulster)
Mark Roche (Lansdowne)
Bryan Mollen (Blackrock College).

Ireland Sevens Schedule, World Rugby Sevens Repechage:

Saturday, 19 June:

  • Ireland v Zimbabwe, 9.50am local time/8.5oam Irish time
  • Ireland v Mexico, 12.12pm local time/11.12am Irish time
  • Ireland v Tonga, 3.24pm local time/2.24pm Irish time

Sunday, 20 June:

  • Ireland v Samoa, 1.17pm local time/12.17pm Irish time.

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The Fiji Times » Fiji sevens wish list

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Logistics is the biggest hurdle that Fiji 7s head coach Gareth Baber needs to overcome in his bid to secure superstar Semi Radradra (Bristol Bears-England), Aminiasi Tuimaba (Pau-France) and Vilimoni Botitu (Castres-France) to be part of the campaign to defend the gold medal at next month’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

Radradra, Tuimaba and Botitu are the three overseas-based players Baber is targeting to form the core of the 13-member Fijian Olympics squad.

The trio are no strangers to the abbreviated code having played under Baber in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the RWC Sevens.

Baber has been monitoring the performance of these players during their club games and has also been in regular contact with them.

He was impressed with the performances of Tuimaba and Botitu in the French Top-14 competition which concluded last weekend.

Radradra also received high accolades from Baber rating him as one of the world’s best game breakers.

While the trio are high on Baber’s wish list, he reiterated that securing their services was not a done deal because there were major challenges to overcome.

Baber said he had never faced anything as difficult to get players from overseas to join the team this time.

“What entails is the visa exemptions, flights, hotels and quarantine time. The whole thing has been a logistical challenge and still at this point I cannot tell if it is going to happen,” he said.

Baber said the plans to secure the services of overseas-based players changed five or six times over the past two years.

He said it was first preparations for the Olympic Games in 2020 which then changed after the postponement of the event to this year.

“There were changes to the seasons for the teams particularly in Europe where we were looking at players but the plan is really to bring in three,” Baber said.

“I’m interested now immediately in Filimoni (Botitu) and (Aminiasi) Tuimaba to come in as soon as possible. There is a huge undertaking and I say this with all the support that everybody has given to us,” Baber said.

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Canada Sevens rugby organizers optimistic about fans-in-stands news

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The 2021 HSBC Canada Sevens are scheduled for September, one of six tournaments that will make up the much-delayed 2021 World Rugby Sevens Series season

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Having fans in the stands is a must-have for the next edition of the HSBC Canada Sevens to happen.

And so Tuesday’s official confirmation from the provincial government that, if everything goes to plan in the coming months with rising vaccinations and dropping COVID-19 rates, fans will be allowed back in the stands at B.C. sports venues by the end of the summer was welcomed news for the tournament’s organizers.

“Very positive,” Jamie Levchuk, Rugby Canada’s managing director of business operations, said of Tuesday’s news. “We are cautiously optimistic and have been receiving great support from our partners and stakeholders. We’re likely still a few weeks away from any announcement as we continue to work through logistics.”

The reopening plan unveiled by the province on Tuesday says that as soon as Sept. 7, indoor and outdoor stadium capacities will be allowed to increase beyond an initial “limited” capacity that will be allowed sometime after July 1.

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Canada Sevens tournament officials have been talking to officials from Vancouver Coastal Health and B.C. Place for a couple months, laying out possible plans if the tournament is given the official go-ahead. Whether they will be authorized to have anything close to a full crowd in or not isn’t yet clear.

As it stands, the 2021 tournament is scheduled to be played sometime in September, one of six tournaments that will make up the much-delayed 2021 World Rugby Sevens Series season. A tournament in London, U.K., is also tentatively scheduled for September, as well tournaments in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and South Africa in the following three months.

The Dubai and South African legs usually launch the new season, but have been moved to the end of the shortened 2021 season, with an eight-tournament 2022 season kicking off in Sydney in February.

The Canada Sevens would return again in March in its usual window.

Given the international nature of the sevens series, Levchuk pointed out that discussions with the Public Health Agency of Canada and other federal government agencies need to take place as well, with issues like the current border rules and quarantine requirements very much in frame.

Other that a handful of National Hockey League games, the 2020 tournament was the last large sporting event to take place in Canada before the pandemic stopped everything in its tracks on March 12.

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