Manawatu women win back to back National 7s titles

Manawatu women win back to back National 7s titles

Manawatu women beat Auckland 19-17 in a pulsating final at Rotorua International Stadium to retain their National title. Young Hayley Hutana scored one try and Selica Winiata scored 2 in a great performance from Manawatu. The Champions were made to work hard across the 2 days. They drew on Day#1...
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New Zealand women look good on Day#1 at the USA7s in Atlanta

New Zealand started their campaign with a 21-0 win over the Netherlands. Michaela Blyde got her first start for New Zealand as coach Horan rested Linda Itunu and Portia Woodman. It was a small forward line with back line players Carla Hohepa and Hazel Tubic up front with Sarah Goss. The match started as an...

Wellington 7s – Quarter Final Predictions

Bowl Quarter Finals Wales v Tonga Sadly this has not been a good event for Tonga so far. It hasn’t been great for Wales either but they should have too much in this match. Our pick: Wales Scotland v Spain Scotland improved as the day went on. Andrew Turnbull returned to the side having missed...
Blyde and Broughton to play in Atlanta - NZ Women's 7s team

Blyde and Broughton to play in Atlanta – NZ Women’s 7s team

Taranaki teenagers Michaela Blyde (18) and Gayle Broughton (17) have made the travelling squad for the USA 7s in Atlanta. They were in top form for Taranaki at the Nationals in January and were rewarded with contracts last month. Both women played in the match during Day One of the Wellington 7s and both were...
New Zealand will meet Canada in the Quarter Finals on Day#2 of the Wellington 7s

New Zealand will meet Canada in the Quarter Finals on Day#2 of the Wellington 7s

It was an interesting first day at the New Zealand 7s in Wellington. The sun was out and it was looking like another warm day in the capital. People were out and about, the waterfront was busy but typically, there weren’t many people in Westpac Stadium when the first matches were played. The first matches...

Full Day#1 Draw for Wellington with our picks

The New Zealand leg of the 2013-2014 World 7s Series begins today at 1pm at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Here are our picks for who’s going to win the first day match-ups (winner in bold). 13:00  Canada vs  Scotland Pool C 13:21  Argentina vs  United States Pool C 13:42  Samoa vs  Kenya Pool D 14:03...

4 changes to the NZ7s team for Wellington

Sir Gordon Tietjens has made 4 changes to the All Black 7s team that played at the USA 7s in Las Vegas. 2 of these have been forced through injury and suspension. Incoming Akira Ione comes in after visa issues kept him out of the USA 7s Tomasi Cama, Ben Lam and Sherwin Stowers are...

Naholo and Raikuna won’t be playing at the Wellington 7s

Sir Gordon Tietjens has named a 14 man squad to prepare for the Wellington 7s on the 7th and 8th of February. Waisake Naholo starred in Las Vegas scoring a hat trick in the semi-final against England but he also sustained an injury in the final and so it out. David Raikuna was a late...
New Zealand gets its first taste of Beach5s

New Zealand gets its first taste of Beach5s

It’s surprising that no-one has organised a Beach 5s rugby event in New Zealand before now. In a country that has plenty of beaches and plenty of rugby players, you’d think that the 2 would have been brought together in an official capacity before now. Beach5s is big in Europe. Italy are the reigning world...
4 Positives from the All Black 7s performance in Las Vegas

4 Positives from the All Black 7s performance in Las Vegas

OK, we didn’t win. And maybe we weren’t the best team on the day. But there are positives to come from the performance in Las Vegas at the USA 7s. 1. Gillies Kaka’s fitness Kaka had been injured for most of the domestic 7s season only returning to Hawkes Bay for the National 7s. He...
All Back 7s have 2 players suspended for the quarters and semis in Las Vegas

All Back 7s have 2 players suspended for the quarters and semis in Las Vegas

Coach Gordon Tietjens must have been pulling what’s left of his hair out after 2 of his All Black 7s players were suspended for incidents during New Zealand’s 12-7 win over Fiji. Geroge Tilsley got 2 games for a tip/spare tackle and Sam Dickson got 9 games for an eye gouge. The eye gouge was...
National Club 7s Pools

National Club 7s Pools

New Zealand’s version of the Middlesex Cup takes place on Saturday the 15th of February at Bell Park in Pakuranga, Auckland. Holders Pakuranga won the right to host the 2014 event after a successful trip to Burnham (just out of Christchurch) last year. POOLS FOR THE 2014 MIDDLESEX SEVENS: Pool A Pakuranga (Auckland) Otahuhu (Auckland)...
Wellington gears up for the Sevens - But stay out of the water!

Wellington gears up for the Sevens – But stay out of the water!

While the next World 7s Series event is about to get under way in Las Vegas this weekend, Sevens Fever is heating up in Wellington. Signs are up, tickets are selling fast and people are getting their costumes sorted out. But there’s a problem with the water Wellington’s local newspaper – The Dominion – is...