One of the most popular games in the world is rugby. There are many variations of this widely accepted game and rugby sevens, is one of them. As the name suggests the team comprises of 7 players instead of 15 players of an ordinary rugby game.
Aviva Premiership side the Worcester Warriors has named a very strong squad for their upcoming Rugby 7s assignment. The Warriors will be heading into the regional heat of the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s scheduled to be held on Thursday, the 26th of July in bullish mood after Richard Hill, the head coach of the team named the strongest available squad at his disposal for the tournament.
David Lemi, the captain of the Samoan national rugby team as well as Josh Matavesi, a Fijian international, both of whom have been recruited in the summer by The Warriors have made it to the squad.
Fiji ran out 35-28 victors in the Hong Kong Sevens final over New Zealand to secure the title, having defeated England in the semi finals.
The final was just what would be expected from two of the most entertaining sides in the world game. It was played at a high level of intensity, was incredibly competitive and highly physical. The game was played with such competitiveness that New Zealand were reduced to 6 men after a yellow card to their double try scorer, Mark Jackman and the game ended with a punch up between all the players.
The rugby sevens series at Tokyo was won by Australia for the first time. Australia had previously not done very impressively in the rugby sevens matches. The rugby sevens matches are played at various venues for over nine rounds. Until now the best performance by the Australian rugby sevens side was a fourth place end at the Gold Coast.
The draws for the much anticipated HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens has been declared and the round six of the World Series will be played from the twenty third of March till the Twenty fifth of March at the renowned Hong Kong stadium.
New Zealand rose to joint top spot in the World Series rankings with victory in a close fought final of the South African Sevens tournament.
The All Blacks saw of the hosts in a nail biting 31-26 victory in the final and join Fiji at the top of the Tour rankings on 51 points after the first three events.
Rugby Sevens, also known as seven a side is a different form of rugby game play. It basically consists of seven players playing on the field instead of the standard fifteen.
Rugby Seven was originally started off in Scotland and the Melrose tournament is still played annually till date. This summer game has managed to gain popularity because of the fact that it has gained interest from all levels of the society, from the amateurs as well as in club tournaments. Its popularity has spread all throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, South Pacific and America.
With the 2011/12 Rugby Sevens World Series kicking off in Australia this weekend England have named, former marine, Greg Barden as the man who will captain the side through this year’s campaign, replacing long time captain and record points scorer Ben Gollings.
On arrival, if the team captain or allocated representative would kingly report to the control box to register your teams attendance, it makes are jobs a lot easier. They will also be refunded some of their registration fee that was required to secure their teams place in the tournament.
In the past we have had both whole teams and players drop out on the day. Not very sporting, I know, so trust us when we say that teams that ‘No Show’ only ever do it once.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the 7s – we’ll see you again next year! Looking like June 2011 this time.