Australians Men’s Rugby Sevens Reached Mackay

The sevens team of Australian men’s rugby has reached Mackay, and they are now busy in preparing to square off against Japan.

The team is going to play against Japan this week in an international series as part of the preparation side for the ‘Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’.


This tournament of two days will also prepare the team Australia side for the HSBC Sevens World Series of 2017/18 as well as for the Sevens World Cup, which will hold in 2018 in San Francisco.

Charlie Taylor, the second year player said arriving in Mackay, the teammates were excited and are hoping that their visit to the place would help develop interest in the sport all over the Queensland region.

He said, “It is extremely vital to keep the game on the growth path.

“We want to build more numbers in both fans and players, and hopefully we will do that by proudly winning a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

According to Taylor, winning first place in green and gold is a childhood dream of his and he hopes to see his current team take out the title like the women’s team in the recent Rio Olympics.

“It would be unreal, the Australian men’s team hasn’t won gold in a long time,” he said.

“So to be part of that would be a dream come true, that’s our main aim from here out.

“The girls’ team has done this and we watched them, from their experience, they were just over the moon. We are also hoping to repeat the history.”

On the other hand, the head coach of Australia Andy Friend said in the roster of this year, he was confident; he made up both new players as well as the experienced ones.

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Confirmed

At the end of July, the Premiership Rugby season of 2017-18 will start in spectacular style at Franklin’s Gardens, with the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s. Wasps will start the match to defend their title at 6pm on 28 July, with the first match starting the 7s off with a bang – they will compete against former winners Newcastle Falcons.

Lee Blackett is the coach for the Wasps team, and when he was contacted for his view over the game, he said, “With the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series, the event has got a great start.”

He further added that, “Every year the level of competition is raising one level up and this season is not an exception. To host the 7s series, it was an excellent event for the club at the Ricoh Arena last season and we were pleased to hold the trophy and take it with us.

Talking about the Franklin’s Gardens, then it is a fantastic place to play, the players are passionate and fans too. So, they both are going to create a wonderful atmosphere.

In the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, all the teams will split into three pools comprises of four teams in each, and they will play with each other on a round-robin basis, making the tournament to splitting into Plate, Cup and Bowl competitions on the next day, that is the second day which will start at 3pm on 29 July. The favourites and all odds can be found at http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/y/14/Rugby+Union.html.

The 2017 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s first night will end at 10pm having the hosts, Northampton Saints taking on Saracens, and tickets have sold well so far.

Premiership Rugby, Rugby Director, Phil Winstanley on the occasion added that, “This new format is really great and we are excited to players playing with this new format. This will happen for the first time ever that all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs, will come together for two days of rugby.”

RUGBY SEVENS SERIES: KATIE MASON TO CAPTAIN ENGLAND IN FINAL EVENT

The final round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series will holdin France and Katie Mason will be captaining an inexperienced England squad to the event.


From the Rugby Europe Women’s Grand Prix Series held in Malemort, coach of the squad, Coach James Bailey has included six players into the squad, a list that also features Mason.

Takingpart in Clermont-Ferrand on Saturday and Sunday are the likes of Lotte Clapp,Deborah Fleming,Holly Aitchison, Kelly Smith, and three-time try scorer Olivia Jones. These players were also part of the team last weekend
The past two seasons has seen Lottie Holland, Jess Breach and Sophie Tandy feature alongside Jones for England at the U20 level.

England has been joined with the likes of Canada, Russia and Brazil in Pool B due to their eight place finish last time in Langford. They would be kicking off the competition on Saturday against Russia, winners of the Rugby Europe Women’s Grand Prix Series.

Bailey who spoke on the upcoming game noted that one of the aim of the team was to build the strength and depth of their programme while giving players the chance to have an international sevens experience.

“Our goal for this weekend is to give international sevens experience to more players as part of our on-going aim to build the strength and depth of our programme.

“It’s exciting to see how the squad continues to develop and with so many players having made their debuts on the World Series this year, we want to continue to give them opportunities to progress, learn and build experience.” he added.

Bailey also stated that the team was pleased with their performance at Malemort and despite the challenges brewing up this weekend, it would offer a valuable learning experience for the team.

Rugby Sevens In Southeast Asia

The eastern part of the globe is building up their rugby talents as well.


There are two local rugby seven tournaments planned in April which will help to build up the hype for HSBC Singapore Sevens. Hence, for those who love to watch rugby, there is more to watch and enjoy in the month of April in south East Asia. There is the upcoming world class rugby sevens tournament of HSBC Singapore along with Midnight 7s of Singapore and SEA 7s.

The SEA 7s will be held during the Easter weekend and is sanctioned by the governing body of the sport, World Rugby. There would be eight men’s teams as well as six women’s teams coming in from different south East Asian countries. The inaugural edition of the tournament was held last year when Singapore came second in both men and women’s categories. This year the games would be held at the Yio Chu Kang stadium with free admission for the fans. The finals will be held on April 15th.

The Midnight 7s will also be an open tournament that will feature both categories of games. The same stadium will host the games from 7 pm till 1 am.

Participating teams will be signing up with 12 members and a maximum of eight teams can participate in each category. Registration is ongoing and details can be found at singaporerugby.com. The Midnight 7s is formed as a social tournament where fans can compete in a friendlier environment. The social side is showcased through Midnight 7s which helps to bring fans and people of different communities together. It also helps to promote the game that is building a fan base slowly in this part of the world. That is, unlike England, Europe and other countries like Australia or New Zealand, where it is an established game.

RUGBY WAS NOT MY FIRST SPORT OF CHOICE – EMMA TONEGATO

Across the globe, Emma Tonegato, despite her young age of 21, has become one of the most familiar faces on Women Rugby Sevens.


She is either diving across the try line for one of her many in any game or standing proudly in Rio on the dais along with her teammates and best friends while receiving a well-earned Olympic gold medal.

However, her first sport of choice was never rugby as she had tried a few other sports before finally settling for rugby.

She grew up around Wollongong and was one of the Surf Club kid. However, her love for sports did not let her limit her participation to water sports only.

“I played touch, but also netball, hockey, soccer and did surf club – I tried everything,” she said.

Even with three brothers, she was the first to play a contact sport as she took up a League at 16. Her new pathway was one which she however had to work hard in order to convince her parents that it was the right choice for her.

She recalled that her parents never agreed to her choice of Rugby, but after letting them know how serious she was, they talked to her about the need to play kitted with the necessary equipment like the head gear, mouth guard and a shoulder pad.

Tonegato went on to represent Australia at the highest levels in the league, where she joined up with the Jillaroos team that came off victorious in the Women’s World Cup in 2013 which was Australia’s first ever.

She however took up sevens while continuing to play league. Soon, she was invited to a national sevens camp, one which she found really hard to resist. The pressure is now on her to maintain a good performance level.

ENGLAND’S WORLD RUGBY SEVENS SERIES CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN ON FRIDAY

Tom Mitchell, England’s Sevens captain is hoping that he and his team mates can improve on their eight position in the series last year, as the World Rugby Seven Series will be kicking off this weekend in Dubai.


Mitchell is still a bit buoyed, after he had led Great Britain Rio to a silver medal during the Rio Olympics, after losing in the final to Fiji.

Mitchell, who spoke to Sky Sports had said,

“We are carrying quite a lot of continuity from last season which is good,”
“We have got some experienced heads as well after what happened in the summer with the GB squad, and that experience will really help us.”

Mitchell, who also submitted on Englandrugby.com was quoted saying,
“Historically it has always been an amazing tournament for us. We are very fortunate to get a lot of support out there, and there is always a brilliant atmosphere for us”

Mitchell also talked about the special feeling that they get from running onto the field especially in the evening games, with the lights on, and an excited crowd behind them.

The favorites for the overall honors in Dubai will be Fiji, who in the last three years, have emerged twice as Champions.

Welshman, Gareth Baber, took over the Fiji Squad as coach after Ben Ryan, Fiji’s English coach had stepped down at the conclusion of the Olympic Games, where they won their first Olympic medal.

Baber, who formerly was in charge of Hong Kong, believes he was handed an incredible opportunity to take charge of the present Olympic and World champions, and he hopes to strengthen his knowledge of the game while in the driving seat of the team.

OseaKolinisau, Fiji captain will be one to watch in Dubai while JasaVeremalua will likely be the star man for Fiji once again.

Rwanda Looking To Impress At Safari Sevens

The Rwanda national rugby team will be taking part in the Safari Sevens tournament after a two year hiatus.

They are looking to make the most of this opportunity and want to impress one and all with their game. The Silverbacks did not get a chance to take part in the last two Safari Sevens event as they got the invites to the tournament a bit late. They did not get the necessary training time to take part in a major event and hence did not go to the event.

This time round the Silverbacks players have been taking part in a lot of local sevens tournaments and their fitness levels are also high. They were in preparation for the Safari Sevens through these local tournaments. The captain of the Rwanda team said that the players are looking forward to the event and want to perform at their best in the tournament. The sevens rugby is growing in Rwanda and if the invite for the event comes on time and not just a week before the actual kick off, then Rwanda can field a decent team.

Kamali said that the event is a very good platform for the younger players to show their talent and to get more exposure. The team is currently guided by Englishman David Haddock, who took over the charge of Rwanda after a two year stint with Uganda.

Haddock said that the Rwanda team has a lot of young players and a few experienced players. The team is looking to play wide and make good use of the space. Even though the team is small, the team has speed and can use the width to great effect. Rwanda is in Pool A along with teams like Cape Warriors and Kenya Shujaa. The last outing of the Silverbacks in this tournament was in 2014.

Grand Prix Entertainment buy rights to US Rugby 7s

Grand Prix Entertainment are be moving towards gaining a superior position in Professional Rugby 7s, with the acquisition of the AR7s. The rights that the organization has acquired include several tournaments being organized by them such as ‘Halloween Sevens‘ in the state of Florida.

Grand Prix Entertainment is a company based out of San Francisco, who announced their intention of consolidating the small-sided rugby market by acquiring American Rugby 7s. The already own the Grand Prix RFL.

Grand Prix Ents should help the sport of rugby, especially in the rugby sevens league, to grow by leaps and bounds, with their distribution channels for their existing portfolio helping them to bring the sport to a wider audience.

The current CEO of AR7s is being kept on, and will continue to play a key role in the expanded program of the Grand Prix. The chairman of the Grand Prix emphasized that they like the passion, vision and execution of the CEO of AR7s as the Halloween tournament they organized in St Petersburg had been successful.

The AR7s initial agenda has been to help grow the professional games in the country. If all the stars are aligned the chances of Rugby Sevenes become a hit in the US are reasonable, with the US Pro Sevens league about to be launched in 2017, and audience figures for the Rugby 7s at the Rio Olympics being pretty solid.

Rugby 7s made it’s debut at the Rio Olympics in summer this year, and with the US Mens team making it into the Quarter Finals, and the women getting to the same stage, it looks like there is an appetite for the game in a National League.

Tickets for the league will shortly go on sale on this site, where you can alo find tickes from the big Rugby nations such as England, Fiji and Australia.

GPE are a powerful partner to have on board, as they have a global network of collaborators, and have the necessary funding to push it into the big leagues. Along with ‘W Partners’ they are commissioning a plan to focus on the global monetization with commercial rights for the Phase One Tour Championship coming up, and GPE expected to mount a serious bid for it.

The 7s teams can definitely look forward to more opportunities to play and to develop their skills at this game.

Fiji Receive Hero’s Welcome

The 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal winning men’s rugby team from Fiji received a rousing welcome on their return form Brazil. They received a hero’s welcome back when they touched down on home soil.

There were thousands of fans lined up in the streets of Nadi to catch a glimpse of the rugby sevens team that made their nation proud. These players have put Fiji on the Rugby sevens map.

The streets were filled with fans as the team members made their way from the airport to the Prince Charles Park, where they were given a rousing official welcome. This park also was packed to capacity to receive the favorite sons of the soil.

The players were seen wearing the gold medal that they received at the Rio Olympics round their necks. They were introduced to the crowd gathered at the Prince Charles Park as the greatest rugby sevens team in the world. The players definitely deserved every bit of appreciation and adulation that was showered on them at home as they trounced Great Britain 43-7 in the finals. This is the first ever Olympics medal won by Fiji.

Fijian coach Ben Ryan was elated and happy with the performance that his boys had put up in Rio. The coach said that Fiji won not because the players were carrying the weight of the nation on their shoulders, but because the players were on every Fijian shoulder. The Fiji team captain Osea Kolinisau said that he was expecting something crazy when the team landed in Fiji, but did not expect so much of craziness from the nation.

The team received a standing ovation from the 18,000 crowd that had gathered at the Prince Charles Park on their arrival. They sang, clapped and danced with joy and merriment. Prime Minster of Fiji, Voreqe Bainimarama, said that this was a moment that every Fijian will cherish forever.