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Commemorating The Greatest Rugby Sevens Nation On The Planet

HONG KONG - MARCH 29: Fiji players concentrate prior to the Fiji vs New Zealand HSBC Sevens World Series Cup Final match as part of the Hong Kong Sevens, the sixth round of the HSBC Sevens World series at the Hong Kong International Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

It is a night that will forever go down in the history books of the Fijian nation. Until last night Fiji had never won a single Olympic medal in the entire history of the games, so when they eventually reached the final of rugby sevens inaugural appearance last night in Rio, the 900,000 population of the island was understandably at …

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Fiji Win Their First Ever Olympic Gold Medal At The Rugby 7s In Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Fiji players and staff huddle as they win gold after the Men's Rugby Sevens Gold medal final match between Fiji and Great Britain on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

They were sky high favourites before the tournament began. They were clear favourites throughout the tournament. And if there ever was any doubt during the final, it disappeared within half a minute of the start of the final. Fiji steamrollered over Team GB. There is no other word to describe the performance. With a score of 42-7, starting their tally …

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Hansen Calls For Sevens Inquest Following Olympics Omission

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 11: New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen speaks to the media at The Heritage Hotel on August 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Following on from what was a bitterly disappointing Rio Olympics sevens campaign, where a silver medal was all that was mustered from what would have been considerable aspirations, the autopsy by the media and public opinion of such a uncharacteristic poor showing has begun in earnest. Rarely have we seen such stale and lack lustre rugby on display from the …

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The Rugby World Sympathizes For Sonny Bill Williams

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With New Zealand sevens rugby still in shock over the ill-fated foot injury to talisman Sonny Bill Williams, a host of peer, pundits and fans alike have flooded in with messages of condolences and sympathy for the tri-discipline rugby player. After going against all odds and succeeding where other premier names within the code of XV’s had failed in making …

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Watch: Blitzbokke Encapsulate Elite Qualities Of Rugby Sevens

The South African sevens side – otherwise known as the Blitzbokke – currently stand as the second best side in world sevens rugby right now and will be heading into the Rio Olympics with hopes sky high for Olympic gold. The Blitzbokke were without doubt one of the predominant quality sides of the 2015/16 World Series circuit as they were …

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Team GB Sevens Slammed For Lack Of ‘Star’ Players

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 19: The men's rugby 7s team pose for a photo during the announcement of Rugby 7's athletes named in Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on July 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

While rugby sevens’ leading forces have incorporated some of XV’s exceptional sporting talents into their squads ahead of rugby’s inaugural appearance at the Olympic Games, Team GB has come under a degree criticism from USA Sevens head coach Mike Friday. Friday has imported some considerable class into his own squad in the form of USA Eagles captain from the 2015 …

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USA Sevens Select Superbowl Winner For Olympic Squad

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 and Nate Ebner #43 of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The USA men’s sevens Rio Olympics squad has as of today been announced with Superbowl winner and New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner among the list of selected squad members. Ebner was granted a leave of absence from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in order to pursue his childhood sport having represented USA sevens at the age of seventeen, the …

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EXCLUSIVE: Ireland Sevens Star Luke O’Dea Details The Transition From XV’s To 7’s And What Lies Ahead

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Now that Irish rugby has finally made its presence felt within the realms of the seven-a-side discipline, Anthony Eddy’s men seem set to further state their claim after what has been a hugely successful season. Ireland steamrolled their way to claiming the Rugby Europe Trophy with indomitable displays in both legs of the cup. Having dismantled hosts Sweden in the …

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Jarryd Hayne’s Olympic Dream Dashed

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Jarryd Hayne of Fiji warms up prior to their match against England during the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The Fijian Rugby Union has today announced that former NFL and NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been unsuccessful in his quest to make the Rio Olympics as he has been omitted from the Fiji Sevens squad. After displaying his world class in terms of athleticism and skill for the Parrametta Eels in the NRL, Hayne made an unprecedented jump between …

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NZ Sevens Star Slams Head Coach Following Olympics Omission

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 07: New Zealand players line up for the national anthem during the cup final between England and New Zealand in the 2015 Wellington Sevens at Westpac Stadium on February 7, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

New Zealand sevens star Kurt Baker has found it difficult to hide his anger and anguish at being left out of Gordon Tietjens Rio Olympics squad ahead of the sports inaugural appearance at the Games which begin in earnest on August 5th. Baker’s aggravation is justifiable after having played arguably one of the strongest seasons in an All Blacks sevens …

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Ireland Sevens Crowned Champions Of Europe

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  Ireland have now secured their place among European rugby sevens elite in the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series after adding their second piece of silverware this season at the weekend in Prague. It was the second leg of the Rugby Europe Trophy in which Anthony Eddy’s men had already captured the initial installment in Malmo, crusading their way to …

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Ex-Munster Winger Named In Ireland Sevens Squad

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Ireland sevens Director of Rugby Anthony Eddy has named his squad which will travel to Prague for the second leg of the Europe Rugby Sevens trophy this weekend. Leinster’s Tom Daley will once again captain the squad which see’s two changes made to it following the Monaco repechage tournament with former Munster winger Luke O’Dea being incorporated as well as …

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Sonny Bill Williams Has No Interest In Retaining Any Olympic Medal

SINGAPORE - APRIL 17: Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand warms up before the 2016 Singapore Sevens Cup Quarter Final between South Africa and New Zealand at National Stadium on April 17, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Now that the official playing pools for this summers Rio Olympic games have been announced, final preparations leading into the home stretch have well and truly begun in earnest. To that end, Gordon Tietjens is poised to announce his New Zealand sevens squad this Sunday with a keen glare focused on the challenge presented from the difficult Group A they …

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All Blacks Want Sonny Bill Williams Back In Camp Straight After Rio

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While Ryan Crotty and Malakai Fekitoa have done a good job at centre for the All Blacks, it seems coach Steve Hansen might not be completely satisfied with his options when it comes to facing their greatest rivals. According to the Daily Telegraph, Sonny Bill Williams will be rushed back from the summer Olympic Games in Rio to rejoin the All Blacks squad in …

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Ireland Sevens Claim Massive Scalp As They Take Another Step To Rio Olympics Qualification

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Ireland sevens side have just taken one of rugby sevens biggest scalps in the form of Samoa with an impressive 27-21 victory. The Ireland Men’s 7s have beaten one of the tournament favourites Samoa 27-21 at the Olympic Qualifier in Monaco! pic.twitter.com/CCZWLe00W5 — Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) June 18, 2016 Ireland come into this weekends repechage tournament on the back of …

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