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

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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 […] READ MORE


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

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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 After the Dubai and Capetown legs had been canceled, the news that World Rugby has withdrawn scheduling of the Pacific round is disappointing.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 […] READ MORE


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


Sevens Series working group in reaction to Covid-19

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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 […] 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


Canceled World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series titles earned by NZ7s sides

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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 […] READ MORE


Cecil Afrika calls time on his Sevens career

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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 […] READ MORE


Allan Bunting: Rugby Sevens and family life in Lockdown

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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 […] READ MORE


RUGBY LIFE (news and views) under the Rugby Lockdown

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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 […] 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