2019-2020 World Sevens Series

  • The 2019-2020 schedule has been announced:

    5-6 October, 2019: Infinity Park, Colorado, USA – women’s standalone event

    5-7 December, 2019: The Sevens, Dubai, UAE – combined men’s and women’s event

    13-15 December, 2019: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa – combined men’s and women’s event

    25-26 January, 2020: FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand – combined men’s and women’s event

    1-2 February, 2020: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, Australia – combined men’s and women’s event

    29 February – 1 March, 2020: Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles, USA – men’s standalone event

    7-8 March, 2020: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada – men’s standalone event

    3-5 April, 2020: Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong – combined men’s and women’s event

    11-12 April, 2020: National Stadium, Singapore – men’s standalone event

    2-3 May, 2020: Westhills Stadium, Langford, Canada – women’s standalone event

    23-24 May, 2020: Twickenham Stadium, London, England – men’s standalone event

    30-31 May, 2020: Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, France – combined men’s and women’s event

    27 July-1 August, 2020: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan

    *All fixture details correct at time of publication/subject to change

    * Women’s competition increases from 6 to eight rounds
    * Six tournaments will be combined men’s and women’s events
    * Los Angeles announced as the location for USA men’s tournament
    * Record-breaking audience engagement figures with over 198 million video views in 2019
    * World Series 2020 serves as crucial build-up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
    * The women’s series begins in Glendale, Colorado, USA on 5-6 October, 2019


  • World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year 2019 nominees are all Kiwis.

    and the men are not

  • Oktoberfest Sevens
    September 21-22 at Olympic Stadium, Munich

    I only associate the Oktoberfest in Germany with beer, but there's also a sevens tournament that is used as a preseason tournament before the 2019-2020 World Series kick off.

    This is the All Blacks 7s squad for the Oktoberfest Sevens (*denotes debut);

    1 Trael Joass
    2 Tim Mikkelson
    3 Tone Ng Shiu
    4 Amanaki Nicole
    5 Luke Masirewa
    6 Dan Fransen *
    7 Sam Dickson
    8 Andrew Knewstubb
    9 Regan Ware
    10 Ngarohi McGarvey-Black
    11 Rewita Biddle *
    12 Sione Molia

    With regular squad members Joe Ravouvou, Joe Webber and Vilimoni Koroi on Mitre 10 Cup duties, 22-year old Dan Fransen (Canterbury) and 20-year-old Rewita Biddle (Bay of Plenty) will get their first opportunity in a black jersey.
    Fransen was a member of the All Blacks Sevens Development team earlier this year, while Biddle was a stand-out in the inaugural Red Bull Ignite7 programme.
    “We have had a number of new faces with us during pre-season and they have been working really hard,” said Cama.
    “Nothing beats game time though, so it’s a great opportunity for these guys to experience international sevens and at the same time it is great for us to develop depth in our programme.”
    The Oktoberfest Sevens features seven of the top eight ranked teams from the World Series; the All Blacks Sevens are grouped with England, South Africa and Australia for pool play.

    By the way, the other participating countries are: Germany, Fiji, France and the USA.


  • FYI the Oktoberfest Sevens day 2 is on Sky 51 tonight at 8:50pm, in case you need a break from the World Cup.

  • All Blacks 7s - results Oktoberfest Sevens:

    v South Africa: 12 - 19 loss
    v Australia: 17 - 14 win
    v England: 38 - 7 win


    v Fiji: 12 - 14 loss

    Too easy:


    Bronze final:
    v Germany: 22 - 12 win

    South Africa won the tournament after beating Fiji 15 - 8 in the Final.

  • Allan Bunting and Cory Sweeney have been appointed as co-coaches of the Black Ferns 7s, while Stu Ross stays on as assistant coach.

    New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has today confirmed that Allan Bunting, who returns to the squad after a period of leave this year, links up with caretaker Coach Cory Sweeney, as the pair will co-coach the Black Ferns Sevens through to the Olympics. The new season gets under way in next weekend with the opening round of the HSBC World Series in Glendale, USA.
    The World Rugby World Sevens Series has grown from six to eight tournaments for the 2019/2020 season, meaning a busy build-up for the Black Ferns Sevens heading into the Tokyo Olympics in July.
    “It’s great to have Allan back in the programme and we believe this structure will play to strengths of the coaching team. With such a big season ahead, and we know Allan, Cory and Stu (Ross), along with the wider management team will continue to develop and lead this group to achieve their goals.”
    Philp said the new structure will bring out the best in the coaching team, with the ability to maximise their coaching knowledge, skills and leadership in what will be a busy season.
    Sweeney was previously assistant coach and has been part of the coaching group for three seasons. Stu Ross rounds out the coaching team, continuing as assistant coach.
    The Black Ferns Sevens have 23 fully contracted players based in Tauranga that train full time. The management team consists of the three coaches along with full time physio, strength and conditioning coach, manager and support staff that oversee nutrition, sports psychology and professional development.


  • Black Ferns 7s squad travelling to the USA for the Glendale Sevens (5 - 6 October 2019);

    Shakira Baker - Waikato
    Gayle Broughton - Taranaki
    Kelly Brazier - Bay of Plenty
    Michaela Blyde - Bay of Plenty
    Theresa Fitzpatrick - Auckland
    Sarah Hirini - captain - Manawatu
    Risaleaana Pouri-Lane - Tasman
    Montessa Tairakena - Waikato
    Terina Te Tamaki - Waikato
    Ruby Tui - Bay of Plenty
    Stacey Waaka - Waikato
    Niall Williams - Auckland
    Tenika Willison - Waikato

    The Black Ferns Sevens have named one debutant in their squad to travel to the Glendale Sevens in Colorado, USA this weekend.
    19-year-old Montessa Tairakena is in line to make her Black Ferns Sevens debut, a year on from winning a sevens gold at the Youth Olympic Games.
    The Black Ferns Sevens coaches start the season with an almost fully fit squad of players to pick from, with regular starters Tyla Nathan-Wong (unavailable for selection) and Portia Woodman (injured) among a small number of players out of contention for this first tournament.
    Co-coach Cory Sweeney said Tairakena’s selection speaks to her improvement since joining the squad after graduating from Hamilton Girls High School last year.
    Stacey Waaka returns from a hand injury that sidelined her for the last two tournaments of the 2018/19 season, as does Gayle Broughton who missed the last three events last season.
    Pool play will see the Black Ferns Sevens up against Japan, Russia and England.


  • Black Ferns 7s squad for the Glendale Sevens:

    1 Ruby Tui
    2 Shakira Baker
    3 Terina Te Tamaki
    4 Niall Williams
    5 Sarah Hirini – captain
    6 Michaela Blyde
    7 Stacey Waaka
    8 Kelly Brazier
    9 Gayle Broughton
    10 Theresa Fitzpatrick
    11 Risi Pouri-Lane
    12 Montessa Tairakena
    *Tenika Willison is the travelling reserve


    Co—Coach Cory Sweeney said the selection of Montessa Tairakena was exciting for the Black Ferns Sevens squad.
    “Montessa has been dominant at age group and national level for some time, she is one of the quickest players in New Zealand. She came into our environment at the beginning of the year and in this pre-season has grown in confidence.
    “She has been learning from one of the best in the world in Michaela Blyde and has shown us what we needed to see to select her, it's really exciting times for her and the team,” said Sweeney.
    The Black Ferns Sevens also have the benefit of Stacey Waaka and Gayle Broughton back in their game day 12.


    Pool games

    Sunday, 6 October 2019
    6.43am: v Japan
    9.27am: v Russia
    12.33pm: v England

    All matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1


  • Two good wins (I haven't seen the games):

    40 - 7 v Japan
    40 - 12 v Russia

    Tairakena's first World Series try

  • Due to the RWC, this is going a bit unnoticed but after the first pool games, the BF7s also won their last pool game against
    England: 36 - 0.

    This morning they played Ireland in the Cup QF and won 36 - 10.

    The BF7s play the USA in the Cup SF at 9.23am.

  • Oz smashed France 40 0 in the first semi, were down to USA at the start of the second

  • HT: USA 7 - 5 NZ

    I understand Sarah Hirini is out for the rest of day 2. Didn't hear what kind of injury.

  • YC for USA for deliberate knock-on.

  • Try Shakira Baker! 12 - 7 NZ

  • Damn, now a try to the USA.

    14 - 12 USA

  • And another. That's it. USA to win this?

    USA 19 - 12 NZ

    C'mon girls!

  • Try Stacey Waaka. It all depends on the conversion now.

    19 - 17 USA

  • Brazier misses. We're out. Not a good start of the World Series to go out in the semis, but the USA looked very strong. The BF7s weren't too bad, just a few mistakes and without Hirini and Nathan-Wong.

    FT: USA 19 - 17 NZ

  • Bronze Final at 11:28am: France v New Zealand

    Final at 11.58am: Australia v USA

  • Clear case obstruction, but France get the first try.

    7 - 0 France

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