Invitational, provincial, local & school sevens tournaments



  • The Oceania Sevens tournament will this year be held in Fiji, at 10 and 11 November. Unlike previous years, New Zealand will compete in both the men's and the women's tournament.

    The men's championship will comprise thirteen (13) teams playing in four (4) pools.
    
    Teams consist of Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Cook Islands, American Samoa, New Caledonia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu.
    
    The women's championship will comprise eight (8) teams playing in two (2) pools. Teams consist of New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti.
    

    http://www.ur7s.com/news/oceania-sevens-set-for-record-crowds-in-fiji-next-month



  • This weekend are the Central Coast 7s.

    New Zealand has entered the Black Ferns 7s Development team:

    1 Danielle Paenga
    2 Huia Harding
    3 Natahlia Moors
    4 Rhiarna Ferris
    5 Rebecca Davidson
    6 Jazmin Hotham
    7 Risi Pouri-Lane
    8 Sam Hollows
    9 Jess Drummond
    10 Sam Curtis
    11 Rebecca Kersten
    12 Leanna Ryan

    Some of these players have already played for the senior team.

    The All Blacks 7s Development team is not competing at this tournament, but several invitational teams do, so there are probably a few Kiwis in those teams. I haven't seen all the squad lists, but the Stallions Rugby team lists Antonio Kiri Kiri as one of its players.

    Draw day 1 (Saturday 28/10)
    Draw day 2 (Sunday 19/10)

    The tournament is livestreamed here.



  • Black Ferns 7s Development team results from day 1 of the Central Coast Sevens:

    36 - 7v ACT Brumbies
    26 - 0v Pride Sevens
    33 - 0 v Randwick Magic

    Quarter Final:
    10.00am v Sunnybank



  • This is the All Blacks 7s Development team:

    Jesse Houston - Canterbury
    Jordan Hyland - Northland
    Levi Harmon - Wellington
    Luke Masirewa - Bay of Plenty
    Mark Telea - North Harbour
    Salesi Rayasi - Auckland
    Te Rangatira Waitokia - Manawatu
    TJ Vaega - Hawke’s Bay
    Whiria Meltzer - Northland
    Terrence Hepetema - Bay of Plenty
    Luteru Laulala - Counties Manukau
    Chase Tiatia - Bay of Plenty

    This team will compete at the San Jose Sevens in the USA next weekend. The top 12 countries will play at this tourney (unsure whether they'll send their senior team or development team).

    The draw is here.

    I don't think it will be livestreamed, but will keep an eye on it.

    http://www.allblacks.com/News/31684/upcoming-sevens-talent-set-for-international-stage



  • Is there much outright gas there?



  • @higgins Not sure, maybe Masirewa? Can't remember, @Donsteppa @Snollygoster @KiwiPie is he really fast?

    Emerson is definitely faster than TJ Vaega. Disappointing not to see him in this squad, unless he's in the senior squad, but I doubt that.



  • Masirewa is reasonably quick but has size as well. He has been part of the Waikato sevens teams in recent years.

    I assume Rayasi is the son of Filipe.



  • No surprises on day 2 of the Central Coast Sevens. Australia has won both the men's and the women's tournament.

    The Black Ferns Sevens Development team won the Quarter Final v Sunnybank 17 to 7, but then lost to Australia in the semi 12 - 34.

    The team finished 3rd after beating Stars Rugby 7s in the 3rd place play-off by 45 to nil.

    All in all a good result, only one loss to the tournament winners Australia, who beat Canada 29 to 12 in the final.

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  • This weekend are the Silicon Valley Sevens in San Jose, California.

    All Black 7s Development team draw for day 1 (Sun 5 November NZT, Sat 4 November local time):

    Sun 5 Nov, 8.28am (Sat 4 Nov, 12.28pm local): v Chile
    Sun 5 Nov, 12.28pm (Sat 4 Nov, 4.28pm local): v USA
    Sun 5 Nov, 3.38pm (Sat 4 Nov, 7.38pm local): v Tonga

    I haven't been able to find a livestream.



  • The Oceania Sevens wil be held next weekend. The All Blacks 7s and Black Ferns 7s (senior) teams will participate.

    Both squads have been named for this tournament.

    All Blacks 7s:
    Scott Curry - Bay of Plenty
    Tim Mikkelson - Waikato
    Tone Ng Shiu - Tasman
    Teddy Stanaway - Bay of Plenty
    Dylan Collier - Waikato
    Bailey Simonsson - Bay of Plenty
    Joe Ravouvou - Auckland
    Isaac Te Tamaki - Waikato
    Regan Ware - Bay of Plenty
    Andrew Knewstubb - Tasman
    Joe Webber - Bay of Plenty
    Sione Molia - Counties Manukau

    Bay of Plenty fullback Bailey Simonsson is the only debutant.

    All Black 7s draw for day 1 (Friday, 10 November) of the Oceania Sevens:
    4.20pm: v Nauru
    7.20pm: v Cook Islands

    Black Ferns 7s
    Portia Woodman - Counties Manukau
    Tenika Willison - Waikato
    Stacey Waaka - Waikato
    Ruby Tui - Canterbury
    Terina Te Tamaki - Waikato
    Alena Saili - Otago
    Tyla Nathan-Wong - Auckland
    Kayla McAlister - Auckland
    Sarah Goss - Manawatu
    Theresa Fitzpatrick - Auckland
    Gayle Broughton - Taranaki
    Michaeala Blyde - Bay of Plenty

    Black Ferns 7s draw for day 1 (Friday, 10 November) of the Oceania Sevens:
    11.20am: v Tahiti
    2.20pm: v Cook Islands
    5.20pm: v Papua New Guinea

    http://www.allblacks.com/News/31726/strong-squads-named-for-oceania-sevens-championship



  • @stargazer I expected more new names in the team this year. Is Koroi injured? Without him who is the playmaker I wonder?



  • @daffy-jaffy I expected more new players, too. I'm disappointed they've again selected players like Collier and Stanaway. Change takes time, I guess.

    The playmaker? Good question, maybe the only newbie? Waaka isn't there, either.



  • I would imagine playmakers will be some mix of Ware, Webber and Te Tamaki.



  • @bovidae said in Invitational, provincial, local & school sevens tournaments:

    I assume Rayasi is the son of Filipe.

    Yup. Just a slight height difference.



  • @stargazer said in Invitational, provincial, local & school sevens tournaments:

    @daffy-jaffy I expected more new players, too. I'm disappointed they've again selected players like Collier and Stanaway. Change takes time, I guess.

    The playmaker? Good question, maybe the only newbie? Waaka isn't there, either.

    But I expect instant wonder results, we do have a foreign outside super coach remember.



  • The All Blacks 7s Development team have lost their first game of the Silicon Valley Sevens to Chile 0-7. Didn't see the game, but there's an article about the loss on stuff (see below). Apparently, Mason Emerson is in the squad and came close to scoring for NZ; not sure which player has dropped out.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/sevens/98569230/new-zealand-sevens-lose-to-chile-in-silicon-valley-warmup-tournament



  • The livestream to the Silicon Valley Sevens can be found on the USA Sevens Rugby FB page:



  • It looks like Chile's win over the NZ 7s Dev team is not coincidence. They're also smashing the Tongan team at the moment. Great to see a team from outside the core nations doing well, even if it's a tourney without the strongest senior teams.



  • Two tries to Masirewa already.



  • @stargazer said in Invitational, provincial, local & school sevens tournaments:

    It looks like Chile's win over the NZ 7s Dev team is not coincidence. They're also smashing the Tongan team at the moment. Great to see a team from outside the core nations doing well, even if it's a tourney without the strongest senior teams.

    I agree with your sentiments but surely the NZ B team should be expected to roll a rugby powerhouse like Chile but about thirty or forty. Can you remind us who comprised the appointment panel that decided who would take over from Sir Gordon Teitjens, questions must be asked. Hell I'd even back Mr. C. Philpott to get a better result against Chile than that.



  • Geez, the kiwis are giving the game away again.



  • NZ7s Dev team lose 12 - 24 to the USA. So many work-ons, but let's start with tackling.
    To their defence, a lot of the NZ players have only come out of Mitre 10 Cup a few weeks ago, so haven't had much time together as a team and haven't trained much 7s.



  • New livestream link for Silicon Valley Sevens:



  • It's 14-0 to NZ at half time in their last pool game against Tonga.
    Two converted breakaway tries (Rayasi & Tiatia) made the difference.
    Hopefully, they can now play well during the 2nd half, too.



  • Try to Emerson, immediately after kick-off for the 2nd half. Not converted. 19-0



  • After another (unconverted) try to Rayasi, Emerson scores his second. The kicker can't kick. 29-0 NZ



  • After a good break from Houston, Hyland scores just before the hooter goes. Full time: 34-0 to NZ.

    Commentator refers to NZ and Tonga as the "South Sea Islands". 😀

    Thanks to New Zealand's positive points differential, they are still going through to the Cup Quarter Finals, despite two losses. A bit weird, but hopefully they'll play better tomorrow.



  • The AB7s Development team will play the Aussies in the Cup QF of the Silicon Valley Sevens at 9:04am.
    Not much hope of winning if they play like they did yesterday, esp. with the Aussies finishing first.

    Livestream:



  • NZ destroyed by Australia. Not sure whether this is a full strenght Aussie team, but losing 40 - 7 is embarrassing.



  • @stargazer said in Invitational, provincial, local & school sevens tournaments:

    NZ destroyed by Australia. Not sure whether this is a full strenght Aussie team, but losing 40 - 7 is embarrassing.

    After another loss to Fiji (15-26), the AB7s Dev team went on to beat Japan 26 - 5 to finish 7th overall. Yuck!



  • @stargazer said in Invitational, provincial, local & school sevens tournaments:

    The Oceania Sevens wil be held next weekend. The All Blacks 7s and Black Ferns 7s (senior) teams will participate.

    Both squads have been named for this tournament.

    All Blacks 7s:
    Scott Curry - Bay of Plenty
    Tim Mikkelson - Waikato
    Tone Ng Shiu - Tasman
    Teddy Stanaway - Bay of Plenty
    Dylan Collier - Waikato
    Bailey Simonsson - Bay of Plenty
    Joe Ravouvou - Auckland
    Isaac Te Tamaki - Waikato
    Regan Ware - Bay of Plenty
    Andrew Knewstubb - Tasman
    Joe Webber - Bay of Plenty
    Sione Molia - Counties Manukau

    Bay of Plenty fullback Bailey Simonsson is the only debutant.

    All Black 7s draw for day 1 (Friday, 10 November) of the Oceania Sevens:
    4.20pm: v Nauru
    7.20pm: v Cook Islands

    Black Ferns 7s
    Portia Woodman - Counties Manukau
    Tenika Willison - Waikato
    Stacey Waaka - Waikato
    Ruby Tui - Canterbury
    Terina Te Tamaki - Waikato
    Alena Saili - Otago
    Tyla Nathan-Wong - Auckland
    Kayla McAlister - Auckland
    Sarah Goss - Manawatu
    Theresa Fitzpatrick - Auckland
    Gayle Broughton - Taranaki
    Michaeala Blyde - Bay of Plenty

    Black Ferns 7s draw for day 1 (Friday, 10 November) of the Oceania Sevens:
    11.20am: v Tahiti
    2.20pm: v Cook Islands
    5.20pm: v Papua New Guinea

    The Oceania 7s will feature both New Zealand's senior teams. Hopefully they'll do better.
    At least, there won't be a need to search for a livestream, because Sky will be broadcasting the tournament. Hopefully, not just the men's games.



  • 37 seconds into the first game, and Portia Woodman has already scored her first try of the tournament.



  • Poor Tahiti, being hammered by our Kiwi women. Ruthless. 21-0 after 3 and half minutes.



  • Half time: 42-0 to the Black Ferns 7s.

    It's great that so many Pacific nations participate in this tournament, including teams that are far from the level of the World Series' core nations. They get the chance to play against the best and no doubt will learn from it. But for NZ, Australia and also Fiji, these games are just opposed training runs.



  • Full time: Black Ferns 7s 70 - 0 Tahiti



  • The Black Ferns 7s just beat Cook Islands 26 to 5. The Cook Islands offered much better opposition and defended well. They kept the Ferns at 5-5 at half time. Sarah Goss was immense and made a lot of turnovers. Woodman, of course, scored a few of the NZ tries. Still several work-ons for the Kiwis, but it looks promising. One more pool game to go, before they'll be really tested in the finals tomorrow.



  • Wasn't able to watch the remaining NZ games of the Oceania Sevens.

    These were all today's results:
    Black Ferns 7s v Tahiti: 70 - 0
    Black Ferns 7s v Cook Islands: 26 - 5
    Black Ferns 7s v PNG: 15 - 0
    All Blacks 7s v Nauru: 46 - 0
    All Blacks 7s v Cook Islands: 36 - 0



  • The All Blacks 7s have beaten American Samoa in the Quarter Finals: 58 - 0. Another easy win against a weak opponent. They will meet Australia in the semis at 3.00pm, so that should be more of a challenge! Allthough ... the Aussies only just beat PNG (22-21).

    The Black Ferns 7s will play their semi-final against Fiji at 1.20pm.

    It's again LIVE on Sky Sports Pop-up 4 (ch 58) in NZ. There's a livestream for viewers outside NZ and Fiji: https://livestream.com/accounts/19514369/oceania7s



  • Shame about the weather. Typical really - Fiji, especially in the West, are desperately in need of rain yet over in Suva it is raining enough to make things unpleasant for everyone involved in the 7s. Tonga v Cook Islands ladies match on now. Tonga trying something new for sevens - looks like they are going for the power game.



  • Games were back on after a bad weather break. The first 5th-8th semi-final between PNG and American Samoa has just finished. And .... there is another break. The field looks like a swimming pool. The only thing lacking is some ducks.


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