Fiji rugby sevens team receives hero's welcome upon return home

Aug 21, 2016

Fiji rugby sevens team receives hero's welcome upon return home

Fiji’s gold-medal-winning sevens rugby team received a tumultuous hero’s welcome when it returned home from Rio Sunday to launch two days of celebrations. Thousands of fans lined the flag-bedecked streets of Nadi to catch a glimpse of their idols as the team made its ...

Japan takes fourth in rugby sevens

Aug 12, 2016

Japan takes fourth in rugby sevens

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Japan failed to cap its astonishing run at the Rio Olympic rugby sevens tournament with a medal after losing to Fiji in the semifinals and South Africa in the bronze-medal match on Thursday. Japan stunned the world with a 14-12 win over New Zealand ...

Japan upsets Kiwis 14-12 in Olympic rugby sevens opener

Aug 10, 2016

Japan upsets Kiwis 14-12 in Olympic rugby sevens opener

First it was a World Cup upset for Japan. Now it’s the Olympics. For the second time in less than a year, Japan stunned a traditional rugby power at a global event — and it’s destined to keep people interested. Inspired by the win ...

Australia claims women's rugby sevens crown over New Zealand

Aug 9, 2016

Australia claims women's rugby sevens crown over New Zealand

The first Olympic rugby gold medal in 92 years has gone to a group of Australian women that includes a mechanic, an elite former sprinter and a 21-year-old newcomer who has traveled around Rio de Janeiro carrying an inflatable kangaroo. Australia absorbed an expected ...

Jul 17, 2016

Yamada, Fujita dropped from Japan's sevens squad for Olympics

Last year’s World Cup heroes Akihito Yamada and Yoshikazu Fujita will not be travelling to Brazil for the Rio Olympics after they were omitted from Japan’s 12-man squad for rugby sevens. Yusaku Kuwazuru will captain the team announced by the Japan Rugby Football Union ...

Jul 3, 2016

Williams siblings make New Zealand sevens squads

Brother and sister Sonny Bill and Niall Williams were named Sunday in the New Zealand men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams to compete at the Rio de Janiero Olympics. Sonny Bill Williams’ inclusion in the 12-strong men’s squad gives him a chance to add ...

Jun 21, 2016

Yamada leaves training camp with injury

Japan wing Akihito Yamada, who is tied for the Super Rugby try-scoring lead, has left the national sevens training camp due to injury, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Tuesday. Yamada, who appeared to feel pain in his calf during training on Monday, is ...

Jun 17, 2016

Habana named to South Africa's Olympic rugby sevens squad

Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana is one of four 15-a-side international players in South Africa’s initial Olympics sevens squad. Springboks Habana, Ryan Kankowski, Francois Hougaard and Juan de Jongh have been selected in a group of 19 to prepare for the Rio de ...

May 21, 2016

Former 49er Hayne to suit up for Fiji

Former rugby league and NFL player Jarryd Hayne has been drafted by a Fiji squad looking to confirm a second straight rugby sevens world series triumph this weekend. Fiji confirmed Hayne on Friday for his rugby sevens international debut, as an injury replacement for ...

Jan 25, 2016

Sonny Bill takes step on road to Rio

Sonny Bill Williams was named Monday to make his New Zealand Sevens debut next weekend, as he works to add the Rio Olympics to his impressive list of sporting achievements. Williams is the only newcomer to the New Zealand side named to play in ...