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.”

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.

Rugby Sevens Fit For Olympics

The way the Rugby sevens event was embraced by the public and the media at the Rio Olympics is testimony to the fact that this sport must always be included in the Olympics.

There are many who are wondering as to why it took so long for this game to be an Olympic sport. The sport has the fittest and the most professional athletes competing and can easily be a crowd puller.

The seven athletes in a team undergo huge amounts of training, mental tests, skill training and many more like any other sports athletes. The men and women’s teams from all the participating countries put up a grand show at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the event was a huge success.

The Australian women showed why they are the best in the world. One of the highlights of the Rugby sevens event at the Olympics was Fiji beating the Great Britain team in the men’s final with a score line of 43-7. This was the only medal that Fiji had won in the Olympics.

The Australian women’s team is the best in the game and they proved their mettle at the Rio Olympics. They beat their arch rivals New Zealand in the Olympic finals. The sport has won millions of fans and you would now see many boys and girls considering taking up the sport of Rugby sevens. The super powers of the world, USA and China also have started to increase the funding for the sport. You would probably see more Rugby 7’s team competing in the next Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

There is no doubt that fans will be filling the stadium to capacity when Rugby 7’s returns to the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 for all the day. With Japan beating New Zealand this Olympics, there are lots in store for every Rugby sevens fan in the 2020 Olympics.

Zimbabwe Hosts African Women’s Rugby 7s

With the popularity of Rugby sevens touching a new high, after it was included as a main sport in the Rio Olympics, all eyes will now shift to Zimbabwe where the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Championship tournament will be held next month. There is no doubt that this event will boost the growth of the women’s game in Zimbabwe.

The event will be held between September 17 and 18 at the Police Grounds in Zimbabwean capital and there will be eight teams from Africa are participating in the event. The teams are: South Africa, Madagascar, Tunisia, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, and of course, host Zimbabwe.

The hosting of the event can open a new chapter for the women’s rugby and you are sure to see more and more schools taking part in the sport. The Lady Cheetas, the National Rugby sevens women’s team, took part in the Rio Olympic Sevens Repechage Rugby tournament held in Dublin in Ireland. They competed in the event after finishing fourth in the Olympic qualifiers for the African teams held in South Africa last year.

The Zimbabwean team will be bolstered by the introduction of the girls from the Old Mutual U18 team that took part in the South Africa Rugby Youth Week held in Kimberly. The Young Sables team will also be announced soon by the Zimbabwe Under-19 rugby team technical department. This event is going to be held in Windhoek in Namibia in a week’s time. Zimbabwe is doing pretty well in the U19 and U20 tournaments and they have won the Africa Cup U-19 event three times so far and will be eyeing for a fourth tournament win this year.

The introduction of some of the very good U19 payers in the Zimbabwe Women’s national rugby 7’s team is sure to give new wings to the team.

Samoa Starts Afresh For World Sevens

Damian McGrath, the coach of Samoa’s Rugby 7’s team, said that the team will be starting from scratch for the upcoming HSSBC World Sevens Series season.

This means that Samoa will be fielding a new team for the World Sevens. The Manu closed last season with a ninth place finish under new coach Damian McGrath. The squad played very well and had reached four quarterfinals out of the ten tournaments.

Damian said that the last year’s popular players Captain Falemiga Selesele and Hunapo-Nofoa will not be returning to the team this season. There are only three players left in the squad from last year and these are all home grown players. Most of the players from Samoa have gone to New Zealand and a few are discussing to get European contracts. He is looking to recruit new players into the team and to build a new team for the forthcoming World Sevens Series.

He acknowledged the fact that the team had been able to do well through the players based in New Zealand and hopes that this year too, he will be able to find out some gems from the island nation like Phoenix Hunapo-Nofoa. He is sure that there will be a few popular players that will be missed by the New Zealand system and he will be able to bring some to represent Samoa.

Phoenix is currently looking for gaining some Europe contracts and Damian is in constant touch with him. If Phoenix does not find a better option in Europe, he would return to Samoa. But, this is not the case with Falemiga and he has joined Hawkes Bay, the New Zealand province. He is not worried about the bygones and wants to look into the future. He would have loved to have retained some of the best players of the last season in Samoa’s squad, but now he is ready to move on and construct a new team before the event kick starts in December.