Rugby Sevens News
USA Rugby Sevens will be moving to San Francisco 2018
SAN FRANCISCO – Supporters can now plan their trip to San Francisco for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 as the tournament organisers have confirmed that the three-day festival of world-class rugby will be held from 20-22 July next year.
The iconic AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, will provide the spectacular backdrop to the tournament that features 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams competing for the title of world champions. The 42,000-seater stadium is one of the most familiar and highly rated sports venues in the USA and is located in downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront overlooking the bay.
This will be the seventh staging of the tournament, which has previously been held in Edinburgh, Hong Kong (twice), Mar del Plata, Dubai and Moscow. Having won both the men's and women's events at the famous Russian venue of Luzhniki Stadium, New Zealand will be back to defend their titles but will likely face considerable resistance in the form of Olympic gold medallists, Australia (women's) and Fiji (men's), not to mention strong home competition from both USA sides.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Announcing the exact dates of the tournament is an important stage of preparation as it means that supporters can really start to plan their trip. With three days of amazing rugby action on offer, coupled with everything else San Francisco and surrounding area has to offer, it could really be the holiday of a lifetime for rugby fans around the world.
“The success of rugby sevens at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio gave the game a huge shot in the arm and we are working hard to ensure its popularity continues to rise in the coming years. Part of that is building on the success of previous RWC Sevens tournaments, which come at the mid-point in the Olympic cycle. This will be the first time the RWC Sevens has been held in North America and I know rugby fans in the USA and also in Canada are really looking forward to it.”
USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “We are proud to play host to the Rugby World Cup Sevens. This event will bring the world’s best and put them in front of a large audience of rugby fanatics and showcase our great sport to a new batch of sports fans. We’re equally excited that this great tournament will be played in our backyard and in front of our youth, inspiring the next group of rugby stars.”
San Francisco Bay to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at Major League Baseball Giants Stadium
Source: World Rugby
The San Francisco Bay area will host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 after the World Rugby Council awarded hosting rights for the prestigious event to USA Rugby.
The magnificent Giants Stadium in San Francisco, supported by Avaya Stadium in San Jose, will provide an impressive stage for the world’s top men's and women's rugby sevens players to showcase their talent ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The competition dates will be announced in due course.
A major tourism and sports location with a strong rugby community, the San Francisco Bay area boasts superb facilities that will ensure that the 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams have everything that they require in their quest to be crowned world champions.
The reigning men’s and women’s world champions are New Zealand following a compelling event in Moscow in 2013 and San Francisco’s hosting offers another opportunity to showcase rugby to new audiences in a rapidly growing market for the sport.
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "Rugby sevens continues to go from strength to strength, proving a hit with fans, broadcasters and sponsors around the globe with its winning blend of compelling and competitive action, global destinations and festival atmosphere.
"Rugby World Cup Sevens is at the heart of the success story and we are delighted to be awarding these prestigious hosting rights to USA Rugby after a competitive process.
"I am sure that the San Francisco Bay area, with its major event experience and passion for sport, will be a popular and spectacular Rugby World Cup Sevens host."
The event will provide a perfect opportunity for rugby to capture hearts and minds in the USA, where rugby participation and interest continues to experience record growth with more than one million men, women and children now regularly playing what is one of the nation’s fastest growing team sports.
USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville said: "We are delighted to be chosen to host the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens and look forward to delivering a fantastic rugby sevens experience for the players, fans, sponsors and media.
"Hosting a Rugby World Cup is an important step forward for rugby in the USA and will bring high levels of visibility and interest for the game in the country. We will also be using the opportunity to develop Impact 2018, a national legacy programme for the whole USA Rugby community."
With rugby sevens set to make its Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016, World Rugby took the decision last year to move Rugby World Cup Sevens back one year into the middle of the Olympic cycle to maximise the sport’s integration onto the Olympic Games programme.
Lapasset added: "With an expanded 10-destination World Rugby Sevens Series beginning in 2015-16, Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in the USA and rugby sevens set to make its Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016, these are exciting times for the sport as we continue to reach out, engage and inspire new audiences around the world."
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USA Rugby announces that the USA Sevens will move to San Francisco in 2018
SAN FRANCISCO (Thursday, May 14, 2015) – In a historic moment for rugby in the United States, it was announced today by USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville that the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens will be played in the San Francisco Bay Area. World Rugby accepted USA Rugby’s bid to have the 2018 World Cup played in San Francisco and San Jose.
“We would like to thank the World Rugby for accepting our bid and bringing this amazing event to the United States,” said Melville. “We worked hard to make this dream a reality, and it has come true. The interest in rugby has grown immensely in the U.S., whether it is at the youth / high school level, collegiate, club or with our Men and Women’s National Teams. Hosting the World Cup will bring the sport to the doorstep of the American sports fan and will continue to grow the game.”
The Rugby World Cup Sevens celebrates equally the men and women’s international rugby players from around the world. With a competing field of 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams, a total of 105 matches will be played over the course of three days. The non-stop rugby action will be held at two venues: San Francisco’s AT&T Park and Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
“On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, we are thrilled to be hosting the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “As a city experienced in hosting major sporting events, San Francisco is eager to welcome global audiences and Rugby fans from around the world.”
AT&T Park is the home of the reining Major League Baseball champions, the San Francisco Giants. Built in 2000, AT&T Park can hold crowds of up to 45,000 fans and has been played host to numerous many other sports and music events including American college football, soccer, motocross and concerts. Its unique downtown location provides a spectacular backdrop of the San Francisco Bay.
Avaya Stadium officially opened their doors on February 27, 2015 as the new home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. Located less than two miles from San Jose International Airport, Avaya Stadium fits crowds of up to 18,000 and has been called one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world.
“We couldn’t be happier to host the World Cup,” said San Jose Earthquake President Dave Kaval “Our new, state-of-the-art stadium will serve as an important piece of a perfect event. We can’t wait to show off our fans’ excitement to the world.”
In World Rugby’s release of the announcement, it was made clear that the amenities of the San Francisco Bay Area were a deciding factor in this decision. “I am sure that the San Francisco Bay Area, with its major event experience and passion for sport, will be a popular and spectacular Rugby World Cup Sevens host,” said World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
The 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens held in Moscow, Russia was the sixth edition of the series. The 2013 tournament was almost the final installment of the World Cup Sevens after the announcement was made that rugby would return to 2016 Summer Olympics in the form of a sevens tournament. After careful consideration, the IRB elected to continue the tournament on a quadrennial basis.
Match dates, ticket sales and television broadcast rights of the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens will be announced at a later date.
About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 100,000 active members, with more than 35,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.
Samoa Shock Fiji in Paris Sevens Final. Watch video here
Samoa came back from 21-0 to beat the World's number one team in Sevens Rugby in Paris, France today. The Samoan team never gave up as it went from poor defense to a maginificent game of running with the ball and outplaying the experienced team from Fiji over the last 10 minutes. Samoa had already lost to Fiji earlier in the Paris leg of the 2016 IRB World Sevens Tournament so the Fiijians may have been over confident. Nevertheless, Samoa never gave up and continued to play hard and with determination which resulted in their spectacular win against such overwhelming odds.
Samoa has been going through some changes in team leadership, coaching and selection. Many of the players on this team have not been on the Samoan Sevens team in the past. The new team's play has been spotty at most but one consistent contributor has been Faalemiga Selesele who is the Captain for the Manu Samoa Sevens. He was also selected as Most Valuable Player in the Paris Tournament. His play and spirit seemed to spark life into a Samoan side almost about to give up hope after falling behind 21-0. But Merciless Ming as some have called him was not cowed by the superior talent of the Fijian side. he intercepted a pass and fed the first try starting the unimaginable comeback. He was rewarded by scoring the final go ahead try for Samoa which was sealed by a defensive play as the whistle blew on the goal line where Fiji had lost the ball as they were going to score the winning try, but were turned back inches from the Samoan goal. Immediately after the referee blew the whistle to end the game.
Watch the game below.
Serevi among contenders for Samoa 7s job
Samoa's Rugby Union chair and Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has revealed that Fiji rugby great Waisale Serevi is among the 29 applicants to become head coach for the Manu Samoa sevens.
Serevi was a guest at the Samoa Independence International Sevens tournament in Apia earlier this month, where he expressed an interest in helping Samoa.
Tuila'epa says former Manu Samoa veterans Muliagatele Brian Lima, and Uale Ma'i have also applied, along with former Manu sevens assistant coach and manager, Tauasa Faamaoni Lalomilo.
The SRU chairman says, because of the high calibre of applicants, it has been decided not to speed up the selection process but to consider all the applications before an independent panel will be making an appointment.
Fata'ali'i Milovale Moke will take charge of the team on an interim basis for next month's Pacific Games.
Manu Samoa continues to fall down the world rankings with disappointing performance in Las Vegas USA Sevens
By Albert Ainuu
The strong. How quickly they have fallen.
The Manu Samoa Sevens team was always a favorite and one of the top 4 teams in the world rugby rankings as they started this year's IRB tournament. However coming into Las Vegas for the USA Sevens they were a mere shell of the once feared and powerful team they had been for the past 5 years.
The Manu Samoa Sevens team had split the Las Vegas Sevens tournament with South Africa 2-2 since the USA Sevens moved to Las Vegas. This year would be the tie breaker...or so the Manu Samoa and the Springboks faithful were hoping. But the Manu Samoa team came limping into Las Vegas after a less than spectacular showing in Wellington. The team was trying to overcome a rash of injuries which had taken out 5 of their star players. This resulted in a new influx of players who had not played with each other and this disruption caused a lack of on-field communication and continuity.
The Samoan team played in a very difficult pool which had 2 of the top teams in the tournament, Fiji and New Zealand. Samoa promptly lost to both these teams in pool play before beating Wales. The next day they began with a victory over Brazil but then lost to Kenya and were done for the remainder of the tournament.
After being relegated to role of spectator the Samoan team and their fans began to root for the teams which had Samoan participants such as the USA Eagles, the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies all of which were quite competitive. But they were all no match for the Beast.
The final came down to Fiji and New Zealand. Fiji was too strong and fast for the All Blacks. The final game was a blowout in favor of Fiji.
The Samoan coach Dickie Tafua was quite stoic as the team played with the new replacements for the injured. He had made the best adjustments for the team to succeed under the circumstances however the players were unable to respond or gel as a unit on such short notice. This was evident by the way they played which was rather uninspired. However, by failing to reach any of the final award matches the team was in danger of missing an opportunity to enter the most exciting event in Sevens Rugby history.
The 2016 Olympics in Brazil will include Rugby 7s for the first time ever. This IRB World Sevens Tournament was one of the qualifiers for a spot on the Olympics. As a result of the Manu Samoa's poor showing since the start of this tournament the Samoan team is unable to qualify for the Olympics in this Tournament. Their point totals thus far are just too low for them to make it in this qualifier.
They have one more opportunity to qualify and that is at the Oceania Sevens later this year. They must qualify there or they will miss out on the inaugural Sevens Rugby Olympic tournament. That would be a shame and perhaps quite an embarrassment to those who have been operating Samoa's Rugby Union. The team's decline and fall from lofty heights is quite alarming as the Samoan team has fallen from number 4 in the world to below number 10 in a rather short time.
Samoa is undergoing an upheaval in its Rugby Union which accepted the resignation of its President, Fred Amoa and another high official Tuala Mathew Vaea earlier this month. This coincided with a high level meeting between Samoa and the IRB although there has been no confirmation that the IRB had anything to do with the sudden change in SRU leadership.
The team's play may be just reflecting the instability of their management (they seem to be playing with little emotion and less skill than ever before) or they may be jinxed. With the team clearly in decline the obvious question is why?
In talking to the Manu Samoa players at the after tournament Siva for the team put on by the Las Vegas Samoan Association, on Sunday night, it was expressed in such open and uncompromising terms that Samoans in Samoa were fair weather fans. When they won the country and people loved them, but when they were not doing so well they were subject to rude comments and almost national disgrace. Sadly the national attitude is led by none other than the Prime Minister himself.
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa has already lambasted the team for its past 2 performances. His public statements have been rather direct and insulting. Its unusual for a Prime Minister to make such demeaning statements targeted at a National Rugby team's failures but because he is the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union he must feel that the team is playing at a level that is unworthy of their potential or maybe he is just being insensitive.
What resonates with the team from the players and the coaching staff who we spoke to in Las Vegas, was their appreciation for how they were supported by Samoans in the USA who came out in full support to cheer them on and to give money at the Siva or Ai Ava. The event was held at the Circus Circus and was well attended by hundreds of Manu Samoa Supporters. The result was a gift of over $5000 US presented by President Tapeni for the Samoan Association, to the team and Coaches. The team were very thankful that even though they were not successful on the field, the Samoan community showed them love and appreciation for their efforts.
It is sad that these players must endure such condemnation for a sport they have been so successful at for many years, but in their hour of need, they are being blamed and denigrated. Samoa has been blessed above and beyond its payscale to be able to generate such talented athletes who have brought Samoa's name into such lofty company. However they may have been spoiled by this success.
This is not the end of the line for Samoa's Sevens team. They will rise again but Samoan leaders, coaches and fans need to find a more productive way to encourage them to play above and beyond their physical limitations. That is the work that must be done now. Hopefully with new leadership the team and the Manu Samoa brand will return back to its high world ranking. But until they do, our support for the Manu Samoa should never diminish. Stay on the bandwagon Samoa. Dont jump on when they win and then off when the results are not what you would like. These are our sons, nephews and cousins. They deserve better! #ManuSamoa4lyfe.
Las Vegas Sevens 2014 results
South Africa have recorded their second successive tournament victory in the IRB Sevens World Series in Las Vegas, the Blitzbokke defeating New Zealand 14-7 in the decider at Sam Boyd Stadium to leap-frog the All Blacks Sevens atop the standings.
New Zealand are now without a win in five tournaments in Las Vegas, where South Africa retained the title after a conceding an early try from Scott Curry to score a converted try in each half, from Branco du Preez and Werner Kok. The Blitzbokke impressed throughout the tournament, and they were deserving back-to-back champions having conceded just 14 points in their six matches - the fewest in history by a Cup winner.
Blitzbokke coach Neil Powell said the victory was "well deserved for the players".
"They work hard back home and it is all credit to their them," he said. "The guts, the commitment it is unbelievable. We really work hard on our defensive structures, and even the smaller guys like Cecil [Afrika] and Branco throw themselves into the tackles and punch well above their body weight."
New Zealand's defeat was just another disappointment for them in Las Vegas, as they contested the final without Sam Dickson after he was handed a nine-match ban for eye-gouging in the pool stage win over Fiji. They also had George Tilsley suspended for two matches for a tip tackle, although he was free to play in the final after sitting out the 24-7 quarter-final defeat of England and the 26-7 win over surprise packets Canada in the semi-final.
Dickson's suspension means he will miss the New Zealand leg of the World Series in Wellington.
Canada rallied to shock Samoa 22-19 for third place, the best finish in a World Series tournament. Samoa led 12-0 early, but Canada fought back and won through Phil Mack, named in the Las Vegas Dream Team, who scored a penalty drop goal with the last play of the match.
Canada coach Geraint John said: "I thought we played really well. The second-half performance, the restarts, you have to give everyone compliments. Finishing third in the world, it is not often you can say that. With a lot of high-school teams here, hopefully it will give them encouragement and give our players a little bit of a spotlight, which is brilliant and they deserve every spotlight they get."
England defeated Australia 26-24 in the Plate final, after Tom Mitchell added 11 points to his World Series-leading tally. England had booked their place in the final with a 21-12 win over France, while Australia qualified in dramatic fashion when Peter Schuster scored a try in sudden-death extra-time after they and Argentina had been locked at 19-all at full-time.
Fiji defeated Kenya 35-0 in the Bowl final, with five different try scorers having previously defeat Wales 40-12 in their semi-final with six different scorers. Kenya made the final with a 21-7 victory over Scotland.
United States defeated Spain 31-0 in the Shield final, with Zack Test scoring two tries to the delight of the home crowd. They had made the final with a 28-14 victory against Uruguay, featuring two tries from Test and another from Carlin Isles, while Spain had beaten Portugal 19-12.
South Africa now lead the Sevens World Series standings with 78 points, one clear of defending champions New Zealand followed by Fiji (56) and England (53).
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