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Ireland Finish London 7s In Sixth Place After Loss To New Zealand

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Ireland finished off their London 7s campaign with a 35-14 loss to New Zealand at Twickenham this afternoon.  The match was played to decide who would finish in fifth place overall but just like in the pool stages, Ireland struggled with the pace and footwork of their Kiwi counterparts. Overall, it was an incredibly positive tournament for Ireland who defied …

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New Zealand Have Too Much For Ireland In One-Sided Victory

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New Zealand had too much for Ireland as Anthony Eddy’s side fell to a 34-7 defeat at Twickenham.  Ireland opened their London 7s campaign with a superb 21-17 victory over England but New Zealand showed their ruthlessness by capitalising on mistakes time and time again. Ireland began the game by winning their own kick-off but they lost possession in midfield …

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New Zealand Rugby Block Sir Gordon Tietjens From Coaching Samoa

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Gordon Tietjens, coach of New Zealand looks on after the Men's Rugby Sevens placing 5-6 match between New Zealand and Argentina on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

New Zealand Rugby has blocked newly-appointed Samoa Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens from taking charge of the Pacific Islanders because he is still technically on ‘gardening leave’ from New Zealand Rugby. Tietjens was officially named as Samoa’s new sevens coach a fortnight ago, telling local media at his first press conference in Apia that he was motivated to make Samoa “a consistent performer” on the …

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New Zealand’s Sevens Squads For Rio Olympic Announced

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New Zealand Rugby announced their men’s and women’s squads for the Rio Olympics on Sunday, and there are plenty of familiar faces involved in both. With a tiny bit of pomp, Gordon Tietjens and Sean Horan confirmed their travelling squads as rugby returns to the Olympic Games. Both sides consist chiefly of veterans of the Sevens game. Scott Curry will resume his role …

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Sonny Bill Williams Has Made A Decision On His Long-Term Future

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Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand’s capricious-natured centre, has made a final decision on his long-term future by signing a three-year contract with the Blues. This comes after speculation that his current team – Dave Rennie’s Chiefs – were desperately vying for his signature. The agreement means the double World Cup winner will be eligible for the All Blacks for the …

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Watch: Dan Norton Scores Insane Try As England Crush Fiji And Offer Hope For The Olympics

Simon Amor’s England Sevens team humiliated World Series title-holders Fiji in London and made a mockery of Jarryd Hayne’s first tournament for his adopted country in the process. England scored five tries, including two from winger Dan Norton, to claim an impressive 31 – 10 victory over the World Series leaders Fiji at Twickenham. Although England are having a somewhat …

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Hurricanes Star Withdraws From New Zealand Sevens

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 05: Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes runs with the ball during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at McLean Park on June 5, 2015 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images)

This weekend Ardie Savea announced he will not play for the New Zealand Sevens team any more. Instead he wants to focus on playing with the Chiefs. It looks likely that Savea is aiming for a spot with the All Blacks, and is willing to give up on a chance of Olympic honours. He was expected to play in the …

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Sevens Confusion Highlights The North-South Divide

during the 2016 Sydney Sevens match between at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

As the southern hemisphere teams once again lead the way for the rest of the world, Paul Wassell argues that this north-south divide is endemic throughout the sport. Sonny Bill Williams, Quade Cooper and Bryan Habana are some of the biggest names in the XV version of the sport, yet all three have recently been named in the sevens squads …

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Ex-New Zealand Sevens Winger Not Eligible For France

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 06: Guy Noves, Head Coach of France looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

It seems David Smith, the former New Zealand sevens player who had been called up by Guy Noves to join France’s squad ahead of the Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff this Friday, cannot now play, reports the Guardian.  Smith, a Samoan-born New Zealander, had previously played sevens for New Zealand, after being called up as an injury replacement for …

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Craig Joubert At The Centre Of Another Refereeing Controversy

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Greig Laidlaw of Scotland talks to referee Craig Joubert after he awarded Australia a late penalty during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on October 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The All Blacks won the final of the Sydney Sevens recently against Australia with a dramatic last ditch try, but their tournament win came with its fair share of controversy. The controversy came in the form of the fact that New Zealand had eight players on the pitch during their win over Australia in the pool phase. The other day World …

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Waimumu Game Should Inspire Promoters Of Rugby In Europe

during the Super Rugby trial match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders at Fred Booth Park on February 11, 2016 in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Recently the Highlanders and the Crusaders drew 19-19 in their match on Fred Booth’s paddock in Waimumu, outside Gore, Southland. The pre-season match was set up there as part of the Southern Field Days, a three-day rural fair, which includes a tractor pull and other competitions. The match was attended by some 6,700 people, a large number for such a remote …

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Sonny Bill Williams Named In Wellington Sevens Squad

Previously Gordon Tietjens said it was by no means a given Sonny Bill Williams would play in the All Blacks Sevens at all. Yet the multi-talented SBW has clearly been putting his best foot forward and has impressed Tietjens enough to merit a place in the squad that is to take part in the Wellington Sevens. The All Blacks continue …

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Sonny Bill Williams Left Out Of Sevens Squad

Sonny Bill Williams has yet to feature in the sevens game. Despite having never played rugby sevens and being earmarked to play at the Olympics this summer, Sonny Bill Williams has been left out of Counties Manukau sevens side for a provincial tournament in Mount Maunganui this weekend and New Zealand’s national sevens in Rotorua on January 16-17. The news will come as a …

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Williams, Messam & Savea to join New Zealand Sevens Squad

Gordon Tietjens’ New Zealand Sevens squad will have to make enormous strides if they wish to capture Olympic Gold in Rio next summer after the Kiwis lost to Argentina in the cup quarter-final and then to the USA in the plate semi-final of the Cape Town Sevens. Tietjens’ injury-depleted squad suffered their third loss to the USA in two tournaments but will be …

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Confirmed: Sonny Bill Williams Off To Rio

It has been confirmed that Chiefs duo Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam will lead the New Zealand Sevens Squad to Rio for the Olympics next year. The squad was announced on Wednesday by Sir Gordon Tietjens, and the Chiefs pair will join up with new captain Scott Curry and Wellington’s Ardie Savea in the squad. The squad announcement most certainly comes as …

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