HSBC Sevens Series

Maiden Australian HSBC Sevens Series title ahead of RWC7s

Claiming their maiden Australian HSBC Sevens Series men’s title ahead of the RWC7s tournament, it pairs perfectly with the Aussie 7s women’s title already secured, While not being able to reach the Cup final at the just-completed Los Angeles 7s weekend, the 2022 World Series title is based on a successful and hugely consistent calendar […]

Aussie 7s women and Blitzboks claim second HSBC Sevens Series tournament wins

For the second week in a row, the Aussie 7s women and 2021 series champions, the Blitzbok South African men both won their respective draws at The Sevens Stadium, Dubai. Repeating each team’s success from a week earlier, they were again too dominant and leave the United Arab Emirates kingdom with all the treats, before […]

Emirates Dubai 7s set to open crucial 2022 season in style

The Sevens Stadium is set to open the crucial 2022 HSBC Sevens Series season in style. The Emirates Dubai 7s begins on November 26, with two rounds hosted in Dubai, ahead of an important season for all rugby sevens. A ‘hotly anticipated’ HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 awaits fans and teams involved, with the […]

7s game needs 2022 HSBC Sevens Series success

The success of the 2022 HSBC Sevens Series is definitely more crucial this season. For many more reasons than can be recalled in a bullet point presentation, yet, for the upcoming dates of this ‘crammed’ calendar year, there is so much to gain and much to lose, with the success of the game is hinged […]

HSBC World Series
Michael Kwambo - Sep 11, 2021

Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu has named five debutantes as the side braces for the two legs of the 2021 HSBC World Series in Vancouver and Edmonton. The five players are; Timothy Mmasi, Derrick Keyoga, Mark Kwemoi, Alvin Marube, and Levi Amunga, who has been knocking on the door in recent seasons. Commenting on […]

The sad impact of the pandemic has seen the 2021 HSBC Sevens Series dates rescheduled, with Hong Kong 7s canceled.

The sad impact of the pandemic has seen the 2021 HSBC Sevens Series dates rescheduled, with Hong Kong 7s canceled. “While it is obviously very disappointing not to be able to go ahead with two of our planned Sevens Series events in Hong Kong and Paris in 2021, the decisions have been taken with the […]

Aussie 7s invite New Zealand Sevens squads to pre-Olympic Oceania tournament

With the good relations that have always existed, it was quickly accepted when the Aussie 7s teams invited the New Zealand Sevens squads to a pre-Olympic Oceania tournament based in Townsville, QLD. The newly developed Pacific-Aus Sports Oceania Sevens tournament is scheduled for June 25-27, boosting all qualified team’s preparations ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. […]

All Black Sonny Bill Williams officially retires from storied rugby career
Ross Sanderson - Mar 12, 2021

This month, New Zealand All Blacks legend Sonny Bill Williams called time on his professional rugby playing career. Although already retired from rugby union at both club and international level, Williams announced he had played his last game in league too, officially hanging up his boots in rugby for good. In a career that spanned […]

World Rugby Sevens Series 2021

A much-needed 7s boost has just been revealed. And the World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 version is just the adrenaline injection that aims to kickstart a paused International calendar. Sitting idle since March 2020, all sides who comprised the last HSBC Sevens Series will have an opportunity to once again play on the world’s stage. […]

Fiji rugby sevens update: new Super Sevens Series scheduled

Here is your Fiji rugby sevens update: & it’s good news. There will be Fiji rugby sevens in the new year. It will take the form of a new Super Sevens Series scheduled for this weekend. Good news for any fans of 7s although, organizers will surely be observant of both Covid-19 as well as […]

Men's & Women's HSBC Sevens Series Awards 2020 winners announced

With the season abandoned, World Rugby still had the pleasure of sharing the men’s and women’s HSBC Sevens Series Awards 2020 winners, and the much-respected Dream Teams before the abruptly ended 2019/20 calendar was stopped prematurely. That did not diminish the quality of play though. And both the men’s and women’s teams were celebrated this […]

2021 Sevens World Series Coronavirus casualty: Aus/NZ legs canceled

The 2021 Sevens World Series has succumbed to yet more Coronavirus casualties, resulting in the Australia and New Zealand legs being canceled by World Rugby. After the Dubai and Capetown legs had been canceled, the news that World Rugby has withdrawn scheduling of the Pacific round is disappointing. To both competing nations, organizers but most […]

England Sevens team funding cut in drastic Covid reaction

In a move that has stunned many, the England Sevens teams’ funding has been cut by the RFU in a drastic Covid-19 pandemic reaction that may impact the men’s Olympic dreams. The media report from The Telegraph has been quoted widely, yet all the information points to a gaping hole in the RFU [England Rugby] […]

Sevens Series working group in reaction to Covid-19

News that the first two legs of the new World Series season will not take place, has seen a Sevens Series working group created, in reaction to Covid-19 and how it might continue to affect the prospect of any competition. With the pandemic interrupting sport across the globe, it has continued to impact World Rugby […]

Rugby mental skills, and handling the Personal Critic

Most sportspeople know that feeling. Those times when mental skills are essential when the pressure is on! If not handling defeat well, then recovering from it to be a stronger person for it. Handling pressure, when a player’s mind can resemble something like a ‘concrete mixer’ is an example. Times when the ever-present internal critic […]

Canceled World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series titles well earned by NZ7s sides

Succumbing to the Coronavirus global pandemic, the officially canceled HSBC Sevens Series titles have been awarded – and well earned too – by both women’s and men’s NZ7s sides. Following a comprehensive consultation process, the remaining rounds of the women’s and men’s World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series 2020 in; Langford, London, Paris, Singapore, and Hong […]

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Doddie Weir 1970-2022

Over this weekend, the rugby world paid it’s last respects to Doddie Weir. The former Scotland and British and Irish Lions’ player succumbed to his debilitating motor neuron disease at the age of 52. From the personal tributes and obituaries, a sense of the man can be found. One who played with energy and pride, […]

Wallabies victory 'stolen' out of the arms of defeat against Wales

In a memorable revival, this weekend’s Wallabies victory was one ‘stripped out of the arms of defeat’ against Wales. Stolen because the Welsh side had stretched out to a 20-13 lead after a pair of Australian players were sanctioned with yellow cards. Yet from that poor position, the Wallabies would then add 26 unanswered points, […]

Autumn International Series
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 3, 2020

South Africa’s Autumn International Series 27-13 demolition of England on Saturday at Twickenham was a brutal reality check for English rugby. England were completely dominated in every department. To further compound what was one of the worst displays by an England rugby team in many a year, the Springboks were down to 14 men going […]

France's flanker Charles Ollivon celebrates win on November 12, 2022
Connor Dickins - Jul 3, 2020

Are ‘rugby values’ truly superior to those of other sports? Not according to Rugby analyst Robbie Owen (or Squidge Rugby, as preferably known). According to Owen, rugby often pats itself on the back for actions that “other sports can do without needing a round of applause”. Some fans may not like it, but he is […]

England's 'finishers' provide blueprint to beat the Springboks
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 3, 2020

Sir Clive Woodward is not a fan of the expression ‘Finishers’. His understandable argument is that all players should be capable of playing 80 minutes. But with all due respect to Sir Clive, England’s finishers nearly pulled off a remarkable victory over the All Blacks on Saturday. Messrs. Dave Ribbans, Mako Vunipola, Will Stuart, Freddie […]

Suspensions to Antoine DuPont/Pieter-Steph du Toit for red cards

With suspensions announced for star players Antoine DuPont and Pieter-Steph du Toit, it comes at the wrong time for World Rugby. The last fully contested weekend of the Autumn Nations Series was bereft of two superstars that are both former recipients of World Rugby men’s Player of the Year. It is bad timing, especially for […]

Russell and Townsend
Thomas Booth - Jul 3, 2020

Russell and Townsend, “Strange bedfellows?” At the time of writing this, Finn Russell is tearing it up at Murrayfield against Argentina. Admittedly, Los Pumas are depleted in numbers due to ill-discipline. Having said that, the players (Russell included) can only play against what they are presented with on the day. Darcy's at the double 🤩 […]

England can beat the All Blacks with a bit of unpredictability
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 3, 2020

England put on a much-improved performance against Japan after their limp display over the Pumas. An error-ridden Japan were poor, allowing England to rediscover their confidence ahead of this Saturday’s huge clash where they intend to beat the All Blacks. New Zealand, by contrast, was taken all the way by a brave Scottish team before […]