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.

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.

Rugby Sevens Gather Speed This Weekend

if you look at the performance of Rugby Sevens team of Canada, the Monaco 7s will offer qualifying moments for the rugby sevens team that can take part in the Rio Olympics this summer

There are places for twelve teams to play among which about 11 have qualified already. Canada has lost out to North America about a year back. They have been qualified for the repechage tournament as a result.

Mexico had finished in the third position and that has made them the second team for North America teams. The winning team in the tournament that will be held in the upcoming weekend will be able to go to Rio. Women of Canada team have already qualified as they have finished in the second position the World Series last year. The men’s team is aiming high and wish to join the women’s team this year.

This weekend will be busy with sixteen teams playing in total. They would be coming in from continental qualifying events. The competitions would be run in 2015. There would be six winners in total who would be proceeding for the Rio tournament. They would be joining the top four teams as well as Brazil as per the standings in the 2014-2015 series. The events of this weekend will determine the runners up positions and teams.

There are several teams participating from countries like Samoa, Hong Kong, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Morocco, South Korea, Tunisia, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Uruguay, Spain and Chile. The other teams that would be participating in the events would be Mexico and Canada. The finals would be shown on Sunday. Many will get to watch the matches live on channels that will stream the tournament live. Other channels will show snippets or highlights. People can also follow the matches on live blogs or forums.

Mark Bennett In Rio Olympics With Rugby Sevens

The Scotland rugby player Mark Bennett has made a decision of chasing his Olympic dream instead of going on tour with his Scotland team to Japan.

He was to play tests back to back in the Far East, but he has got the permission to back out from Squad by the head coach Vern Cotter in order to be a part of the rugby sevens for Rio Olympics. Mark Bennett, a successful player of rugby sevens has played for Scotland. He has taken part in 5 matches of Scotland in Six Nations Championship match which was held in the year 2015.

Bennett is all set to prepare himself for the Rio Olympics now that he has been selected to be a part of the rugby sevens team. Rugby sevens will be performing for the first time in the Rio Olympic Games 2016. The head coach of Scotland rugby team Vern Cotter has said that it’s a good opportunity for Mark Bennett as it was something that he wanted to do it and hence the Scotland team did not object to this and let him go. Cotter also said that it was one of the biggest dreams of Mark Bennett to take part in Rio Olympics and it is indeed a great opportunity to show his best performance. Bennett has moved out of Scotland for Rio Olympics with the blessings of Cotter as he always knew how much playing in Olympics meant to Bennett.

Mark Bennett has high regards as per the Scotland coach and he is quite confident that Bennett will not disappoint his fans and give in his best to achieve victory. He is one of the strongest players who will certainly not accept defeat and make it to top. Bennett has been putting his great efforts through practices and following a rigorous fitness routine.

B.C. Place Chosen A Venue For Rugby Sevens Match

Vancouver based B.C. Place Stadium has been chosen as the venue for Rugby Sevens match in the coming year.

Canada faced serious opposition from as many as twenty bidding nations to host the 2-day event that is scheduled to be hosted in 2016 March. The event will feature sixteen of world’s leading Men’s 7 squads.

The Canada campaign was spearheaded by erstwhile President & CEO of 2010 Vancouver 2010 Olympics John Furlong & -Gareth Rees, the erstwhile captain of Canada rugby, who is also an honourable inductee of World Rugby Hall of Fame.

“Vancouver is one of the most renowned event venues & a great city with immense track record on housing incredible events, such as Olympic 2010 Winter Games”, stated Bernard Lapasset, the honourable chairman of World Rugby.

“It’s very inclusion within the stellar rugby series venues is excellent for the players, amazing for the fans & fantastic for ongoing prosperity & development of the game of rugby here at Canada as well as across the world.”

The complete roster of the host cities scheduled for 7s Tour would be declared this month.

“Congrats to Rugby Canada & Canada Sevens for their selection as the hosts of Rugby World Sevens to be held at Vancouver in 2016 March”, read a happy tweet from honourable P.M. Stephen Harper.”

The men’s rugby event arrives on heels of the country being picked to host a venue for Rugby World Women’s 7s Series that would be held at Langford. B.C., commencing in 2015 April. And it arrives amidst a great spotlight on 7s that would debut in Summer Olympics 2016.

According to news, the 2014-2015 men’s rugby 7s series would feature stops in several places including Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Scotland, Japan, Hong Kong & the U.S.

Bristol Rugby star retires due to injury

Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby have been dealt a massive blow to their promotion push after former Scotland international flanker Ross Rennie has been forced to hang up his boots with immediate effect, three months after he last played a competitive game for the club.

Rennie, who won 20 caps for Scotland, has had to accept that recovering from the injury he suffered will not be possible and has retired from the game as a result. The Scotsman joined the club just over a year ago and scored seven tries in his 13 appearances for the club during a spell that was marred by injury. And it was injury that forced him to cut his career short and retire.

He said that he feels very privileged to have been a professional, playing the game he loves and added that he has a lot of memories of playing the game that he will cherish for the rest of his life.

Ross Rennie mentioned that he is obviously disappointed at having seen his career ended in such a way but mentioned that the support he has received from Bristol Rugby during these few months is something that he will never forget. He went on to add that it was a beautiful experience to play for Bristol Rugby and he enjoyed his time at the club thoroughly.

The Scotsman was brought to the club by Andy Robinson, the Director of Rugby, who had previously worked with him at Edinburgh and the Scotland national team. Robinson said that everyone is disappointed to see a player’s career ending in such a way and added that there were no words to console him.
He also thanked the player for the services he had given to the club during his short stint in Bristol as well.