Stalling tactics in England v Argentina 7s match an 'aberration'

The visual evidence is damming yet, the recent stalling tactics in the recent England v Argentina 7s match at the Toulouse leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has tarnished each nation’s team’s strategic desires to ‘win at all costs’. Yet for all the social media beat-up, it clearly is an aberration in the […]

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] […]

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 […]

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 […]

Olympic Rugby Sevens program delayed until 2021

After long consideration, the Olympic Rugby Sevens program has been delayed until 2021 as the Covid-19 risk has put national aspirations in the background. Now, sides who have had multiple legs of the HSBC Sevens Series postponed, cannot look forward to Tokyo 2020. It followed the cancellation of the Olympic repechage tournament for Olympic qualification. […]

Player wellness at heart of 'global' Corona Virus alerts

Player welfare is at the heart of the growing ‘global’ Corona Virus alerts. Affecting more and more International and domestic leagues, it is unprecedented in its reach – from Asia to Europe, and is becoming a concern to every player and their families. With the reports from BBC Sport detailing postponements to several Guinness PRO14 […]

2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification promotes diversity in Rugby Sevens

With frantic 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification tournaments underway across World Rugby, the nations and regional tournaments completed and in the planning, have promoted diversity in Rugby Sevens. By diversity, it refers to both the Tier of the country competing (position within World Rugby), but also in the competition between regions. From Asia to Africa, every […]

Dual role for Selica Winiata; player and Rugby Sevens Referee

A dual role for rugby players can involve mentoring younger team members, driving a culture of inclusion or studying the opposition’s set plays yet, for Black Ferns rugby player Selica Winiata, her role now includes being a rugby referee. After deciding to put something back into the sport she enjoyed success in, the 2016 Olympics […]

'Good News' for USA Eagles 7s and Women's Sevens Series

After passing the midseason point, the world of rugby sevens is full of ‘Good News’ stories. Extremely good for the USA Eagles 7s men’s side, and the Women’s Sevens Series future development as a whole. Each has reached this point of the year, in a positive state. The US men heading all others in the […]

Extra 'niggle' in Rugby Sevens not a desired Attitude for World Sevens Series

Often admired for the panache and expansive style of play, Rugby Sevens is a game which encourages an attitude of adventurous footy. Yet, in the last few matches of the Sydney 7s tournament, New Zealand player Kurt Baker exhibited extra ‘niggle’ in that Rugby Sevens, is not a desired attitude for the World Sevens Series. […]

USA Eagles 7s on the cusp of Success in 2018/19

Are rugby sevens fans about to see the emergence of the biggest force on the HSBC World Rugby 2018/19 Sevens Series? By the evidence from the opening three legs of this year’s World Series, it appears that Mike Friday and the USA Eagles 7s on the cusp of Success. Soaring to the top of the […]

Fiji 7s win at home away from home; New Zealand Sevens

With massive support, it was no surprise when the final whistle was blown after the HSBC New Zealand Sevens cup match, that the unofficial home team won. With style and with humility, the Fiji 7s win at their ‘home away from home’. Raising the cup, Fijian supporters literally outnumbered local New Zealand fans when cheering […]

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 schedule - Fans hold breath

For rugby sevens fans, each season of the World Series gets better, and better. So they will be ‘holding their breath’ until the Women restart the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 in October. Later in November, the men are scheduled to kick-off their season. So the late 2018 dates contribute the stepping stone, to another […]

Fiji denied Gold by New Zealand in Men's Commonwealth Games final

After a memorable tournament, Fiji were denied Gold by New Zealand in Men’s Commonwealth Games final at the Rugby Sevens competition. The two rivals faced off, after each side swept past England and South Africa, to fight it out for the prize which Fiji coveted most

Games Glory for Black Ferns 7s at Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens

It was ‘Games Glory’ for Black Ferns 7s at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens tournament, which came to a stunning conclusion in the women’s competition . A thrilling 17-12 win by New Zealand stole the show, from under hosts Australia’s feet – and avenges the Kiwi teams loss at the Rio Olympics

Fiji chase 'White Whale' Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens
Jovilisi Waqa - Apr 13, 2018

Over the history of men’s competition at the Commonwealth Games, one prize has eluded the South Seas Island nation. Crowned World Champions, Sevens Series champs and more– but in 2018, Fiji chase their ‘White Whale’ at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens

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Henry Arundell's brilliance: Arundell scores a try for England Rugby on July 02, 2022
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 13, 2018

Henry Arundell’s brilliance in the final ten minutes offered a glimmer of hope that England is still in this series. There is no disguising the fact that this was another disappointing performance by the England rugby team. England once again could not deal with their opponents going down to 14 men. Adding salt to the […]

Joe Cokanasiga and Tommy Freeman can ignite England's backline
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 13, 2018

Joe Cokanasiga and Tommy Freeman might just be the sparks that can ignite the England attack. They were the two clear positives that came out of that embarrassing defeat to the Barbarians two weeks ago. Importantly Joe Cokanasiga and Tommy Freeman worked well off Marcus Smith’s running game. The likes of Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola, […]

Wales tour of South Africa
Thomas Booth - Apr 13, 2018

Wales men’s rugby team arrived in beautiful but turbulent South Africa this week. The South African nation isn’t alone in experiencing tumult. Truth be told it is a current global phenomenon. Will the men’s XVs rugby provide an entertaining diversion from our perplexing and worrying news cycle? Something that the Lions tour of last year […]

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 Cape Town event qualification

With almost all of the final places secured, the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 tournament in Cape Town is fast approaching. The Madagascar women recently cemented their place in the women’s tournament draw. For emerging nations like them, this could be the highest peak of some players’ and supporters’ lives. And soon, they can make […]

2022 Under 20s Summer Series showcases the very best young talent

With the first round of pool matches complete, the 2022 Under 20s Summer Series showcases the very best young talent from eight Tier One nations. Among the expected results, one outcome has set tongues wagging. Invitee South Africa has defeated England, to set Pool A alight! With the pandemic spoiling the previous pinnacle World Rugby […]

SA Rugby migration

The SA Rugby migration to Europe has been a resounding success. The DHL Stormers defeated the Vodacom Bulls in an all-South African final of the United Rugby Championship. Ryan Jordan considers the success of the transition of SA Rugby’s franchise teams from Super Rugby to the URC, as well as some work to be done […]

Champion Leicester Tigers’ progress continues
Elliott Butlin - Apr 13, 2018

Newly crowned 2021/22 Premiership Champion Leicester Tigers’ progress continues, after beating Saracens 15-12 in a pulsating final at Twickenham last Saturday. The result capped an extraordinary turnaround for a club that finished 11th in consecutive seasons only two years ago. Leicester Tigers’ progress continues to impress, so how has that come about and how will […]

England's rugby team player Jonny May celebrates scoring his team's second try on June 19, 2022
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 13, 2018

The Barbarians thrashing of England’s rugby team on Sunday has heaped more pressure on Eddie Jones. With Australia eagerly awaiting a three-test match series on their home turf, it won’t get any easier for Jones or the national side. This was a chastening weekend for England rugby. Last Sunday, the Barbarians put 50 points playing […]