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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


New Zealand Sevens teams hit by late injury/illness before Gold Coast Games

As the men’s and women’s New Zealand Sevens teams were excitedly preparing to join their fellow athletes at the Commonwealth Games village on the Gold Coast, late injury and illness has interrupted their aspirations. In two separate incidents, firstly Caleb Clarke was pulled from the men’s squad, due to an appendicitis medical emergency. And then […]

But the next occasion where these two opponents will be drawn in competition is at the Commonwealth Games. Australia may again face the New Zealand Black Ferns Sevens, and that is the secondary point. In less than two months, nations from within the Commonwealth, will descend on the Queensland coastline – and that will be where the New Zealand team must now focus all it’s energy on.

Australian Women's Sevens Media Opportunity

The increased focus from both traditional rugby players as well as athletes from other sports, shows how the lure of the Olympic movement in rugby sevens has on sports people. That luster of gold can motivate players to see sevens now as a pathway to higher honours.

Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens: HSBC Sevens World Series - Day One
Jovilisi Waqa - Apr 19, 2017

The fourth round of the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series will be hosted by Japan this weekend, in the Southern city of Kitakyushu. 12 teams, including the hosts Japan will battle it out in the inaugural event at the new Mikuni World Stadium from April 22-23. This could be the dress rehearsal for Japan, as they get […]

Wales v Japan - International Match

Celebrating our game, Last Word On Rugby have combined the wealth of knowledge from all our staff and writers, to come up with the MC50 Most Influential Player Series. A list that profiles the many and growing number of players in World Rugby who are either the MVP of their country, competition or code: we […]

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Celebrating our game, Last Word on Rugby have combined the wealth of knowledge from all our staff of writers, to come up with the MC50 Most Influential Player Series.  A list that profiles the many and growing number of players in World Rugby who are the MVP of their country, competition or code: we start […]

New Zealand v Wales
Michael Pulman - Dec 21, 2016

With the New Year fast approaching, Last Word On Rugby are reflecting back on a fine year. From the International matches to the Sevens at the Olympic Games, the ‘LWOR highlights for 2016’ are a wide and varied account. As part of our MCXM Top 10 memories of 2016, the fourth in our series has contributions from NZ rugby specialist Mike […]

Wellington Hurricanes Headshots Session

After what seems like a prolonged wait, New Zealand Rugby have released news that the NZ Sevens Head Coach will be experienced sevens and rugby coach Clark Laidlaw. The much discussed selection process had been long and seen much speculation, but the common thinking that Scotland-born Laidlaw was being canvassed for the role, has proved true. The […]

Happy Teitjens
Michael Pulman - Sep 6, 2016

Sir Gordon Tietjens has pulled the curtain on his legendary Rugby Sevens coaching career. After 22 years as the leader of the sport where he has been hugely responsible for transforming the Sevens game in New Zealand, into what it is today. The New Zealand (NZ) rugby announcement was predicted widely, but honestly no one […]

Michael Kovacs, ADMIN - Aug 19, 2016

The world watched today as Rugby Sevens players dreams were finally realized. In amazing scenes, two national sides competed for one of the most elusive prizes in sport. A team gold medal at the Olympic Games. After a superb tournament, Fiji emerged as men’s champions as their players’ golden dreams realized on the world stage. […]

Aussie Gold
Michael Kovacs, ADMIN - Aug 19, 2016

Since the Australian Women’s Sevens team defeated New Zealand at the inaugural Olympic Rugby Sevenscompetition, the rugby community in Australia has been on a high. Despite World Cups and World Series in sports, many outsiders still view a Gold Medal as the pinnacle of sporting endeavour. As is so often the case, those not a part of […]



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