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One Of The Fastest Players In 15s Rugby Added To Blitzboks Squad

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Bryan Habana of South Africa charges forward during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final match between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium on October 30, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

News broke earlier today that another world-class 15s player has been given a chance to represent his country at the Rio Olympics. One of the fastest men in 15s rugby will join the Blitzbokke – Bryan Habana. He has been selected by the Blitzbokke for the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the World Series and it has been confirmed …

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Sonny Bill Williams to return to the ring?

It is still a rumour, but it seems former Australian multiple world champion Danny Green has challenged the infamous Sonny Bill Williams. SBW is training with the All Blacks Sevens and is focusing on getting to the Rio Olympics with them, and is probably not thinking about boxing all that much at the moment. Green is setting up for a …

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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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Can The USA Defend Their Olympic Title?

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31: Carlin Isles of USA is tackled by John Porch of Australia during the 2016 Wellington Sevens plate semi-final match between Australia and USA at Westpac Stadium on January 31, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Sevens is gaining the footlight now, with its inclusion in the Olympic Games. This summer there will be a rugby tournament at the Rio Olympics for the first time since 1924. The holders of the title from that last time is the United States of America. In 1920 and 1924 they beat France to claim the gold medal and the Olympic …

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Analysing Sonny Bill Williams’ Sevens Debut

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 30: Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand recieves a pass from Augustine Pulu of New Zealand to go on and score during the 2016 Wellington Sevens match between New Zealand and Russia at Westpac Stadium on January 30, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images for HSBC)

Sonny Bill Williams made his sevens debut this weekend against Russia; his first touch of the ball being a try. As impressive as that sounds, he’s not quite first rate yet. Coming on as a sub against Russia, he had chosen the right line in support and he ended up being right on the shoulder when the offload came. Against Scotland, SBW …

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What Does The Future Hold For The Wellington Sevens?

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 30: Fans look on during the 2016 Wellington Sevens at Westpac Stadium on January 30, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Anyone watching the Wellington Sevens this weekend will have noticed the mostly empty stands. Radio New Zealand have reported that under 13,000 tickets were sold, not even a third of the capacity of the Westpac Stadium. In New Zealand media and rugby circles, the discussion on what to do with this tournament has been raging for several years now. Every year attendance drops a …

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Quade Cooper Released To Join Aussie Sevens

Though not quite unexpected, it does come as a surprise that Quade Cooper signed on with the Australian sevens team. Earlier this year there was a bit of ado about Cooper’s move to Toulon, as he had announced he wanted to play for Australia in Rio. He and the ARU insisted he should be available for training and tournaments, while …

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Nick Cummins Is Going To The Olympic Games In Rio

We’ve seen a whole slew of big names who indicated they wanted to represent their country at the Rio Olympics for rugby sevens. Sonny Bill Williams was turned down by New Zealdn coach Gorden Tietjens, while former All Blacks Sevens player Liam Messam is still trying to make the squad. Bryan Habana, Damian de Allende, Lwazi Mvovo, Juan de Jongh, …

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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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South Africa Include World Cup Stars In Their Olympic Sevens Squad

The Springboks Olympic Sevens squad is packed with World Cup stars. Bryan Habana, Damian de Allende and Lwazi Mvovo are amongst a host of 15 a side players included in South Africa’s Olympic Sevens squad. The trio will be joined by fellow internationals; Juan de Jongh, Warren Whiteley, Cornal Hendricks, Oupa Mohoje, Francois Hougaard and Ryan Kankowski at a three week Sevens training …

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Quade Cooper Has Special Clause Inserted Into His Toulon Contract

Quade Cooper began training with Toulon on Tuesday. South Africa’s Sport 24 have reported that Quade Cooper has had a clause inserted into his Toulon contract allowing him play at next summer’s Olympic Games. The mercurial out half finally signed for the French club last week after protracted negotiations. Indeed it seemed that Cooper would fall foul of Australia’s selection …

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VIDEO: The Greatest Tries From Around The World During May

With June just beginning, we can now take time to reflect on what is one of the busiest months in the rugby calendar and with this comes superb skill and some stunning tries.  In homage to some of world rugby’s best tries over the course of the past month, Youtube channel World Rugby have put together a delightful package of …

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Rugby Sevens: Short-Sighted IRFU Need To Act

Alex Kirwan argues the need for the IRFU to establish an Irish rugby sevens side, with the sport being included in the Olympics form Rio 2016 onwards. Since Ireland began competing in the Summer Olympic Games in 1928, they have won a grand total of 28 Olympic medals. This would seem to indicate that medals are hard to come by …

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Rugby: All-Time Dual International XV

James Neville discusses his Dual International XV, made up of players that have represented two countries in rugby. Recently the IRB, with the 2016 Olympics approaching, had made a change in their regulations by introducing a loophole to allow players who had previously played international rugby for one country and wished to change allegiances in Sevens, which would then be …

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No Rugby Sevens Team Please; We’re Irish!

The trials and tribulations of Ireland’s provinces in the chase for Pro 12 glory are what dominate the Irish sport news this weekend. Munster hammered Edinburgh at Meggetland whilst Leinster defeated fourteen-man Ulster at a brand new Ravenhill. At the same time the next leg of the Sevens circuit was taking place in Glasgow but there was no coverage on …

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