England Sevens team funding cut in drastic Covid-19 reaction

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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] […] READ MORE


Rugby Mental Skills, and Handling the Inner Critic

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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 […] READ MORE


Radio Sport NZ culled amid Covid-19 sport ‘lockdown’

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Radio Sport New Zealand (NZ) operates in an industry of content. So while health and safety are paramount, Radio Sport NZ has been culled amid the worldwide Covid-19 sport ‘lockdown’. A sign of the times, one might say. A period of self-isolation for sportspeople that has taken a victim of a different type. An organization, […] READ MORE


Olympic Rugby Sevens program delayed until 2021

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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. […] READ MORE


Player welfare at heart of ‘global’ Corona Virus alerts

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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 […] READ MORE


Coronavirus sees Asian legs of 2019/20 Seven Series postponed

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Unfortunately, the Coronavirus health scare has claimed another World sporting event. The Asian legs of the 2019/20 Sevens Series have been postponed by World Rugby. Affecting the HSBC World Series, by removing one of the most popular stops on the circuit; Hong Kong. The mecca of sevens, that and the Singapore events both contribute hugely […] READ MORE


2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification promotes diversity in Rugby Sevens

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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 […] READ MORE


Fiji ‘Lords of London Sevens’ yet again

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Playing in their eighth finals appearance at the London leg of the World Series – the most by any team – the Fijians reigned supreme again, to become ‘Lords of the London Sevens’ for the second consecutive year. With an 85,000 strong crowd attending the two-day tournament, it was filled with a mix of ardent […] READ MORE


2019 Langford Sevens: NZ Double, Triple, and Fourth Black Ferns 7s win

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With the dust settling at the Westhills Stadium, in Langford, Canada somethings never change. Even though in Kitakyushu, the script was thrown away but, within three weeks it’s ‘back to the norm’ as the New Zealand Black Ferns 7s claimed multiple rewards and the 2019 Langford Sevens crown. Overcoming their nemesis Australia 21-17, in a […] READ MORE