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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 […]

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 […]

Black Ferns Women’s Sevens coach appointed New Zealand Rugby have announced that Allan Bunting has been appointed as the new Women’s Sevens Coach of the Olympic silver medal winning Black Ferns Sevens. Making the announcement, New Zealand Rugby General Manager of Rugby Neil Sorensen said that promoting Bunting to the head coach position was about ensuring […]

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 […]

Cecil Afrika
Ryan Jordan - Jun 8, 2020

Springbok Sevens playmaker Cecil Afrika has called time on his illustrious career of 12 years as a Blitzboks stalwart. Cecil Afrika career Afrika is the Blitboks top points scorer of all time, with 1462 points to his name. He played in 66 HSBC tournaments, with a total of 345 games. His debut was in Dubai […]

Allan Bunting: Rugby Sevens and 'life in Lockdown'

Allan Bunting gives Last Word on Rugby an exclusive interview while in Lockdown, as the rugby sevens landscape is affected directly by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus has seen legs of the HSBC 2019/20 Sevens Series postponed, and significantly, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has also been removed from the short term goals for Bunting and […]

Rugby Commentary
Ryan Jordan - Apr 24, 2020

Rugby commentary has been blessed with golden voices over the years. There was one voice that most supporters we spoke to regarded as the best ever. Bill McLaren. Rugby commentary’s golden voices When it comes to the choice of a personal favourite, some commentators are like Marmite. You love it or you hate it, with […]

RUGBY LIFE (news and views) under the Rugby Lockdown

For the majority of fans, they sustain a rugby life balance. One where participating, following and enjoying watching the game is Nirvana. But now, under the rugby lockdown, there is less and less to enjoy. So to fans who have very little to digest, we present RUGBY LIFE – news and views across the Rugby […]

Rugby coaching via remote device

Rugby coaching via remote device has become the new norm, as Coronavirus limits inter-personal contact with sportspeople. That ability to speak directly to your athletes has led to some new and interesting adaptions, from teams around the globe. Coaching now with the introduction of remote devices and online contact is growing at an exponential rate. […]

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