Williams targets Olympic gold for New Zealand

Jul 27, 2016

Williams targets Olympic gold for New Zealand

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Sonny Bill Williams passes for a superstar in this part of the world where rugby holds a rare pre-eminence over all other sports. When he competes in rugby sevens at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero next month it’s likely his light, which shines ...

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 ...

Jan 15, 2016

Japan names provisional men's rugby sevens squad for Rio Olympics

Japan men’s sevens coach Tomohiro Segawa named his provisional squad for the Rio Olympics on Friday. Akihito Yamada, Kenki Fukuoka and Yoshikazu Fujita — all members of the Brave Blossoms squad at Rugby World Cup 2015 — were among the 19 named. A further ...

Japanese men qualify for Rio Olympics in rugby sevens

Nov 8, 2015

Japanese men qualify for Rio Olympics in rugby sevens

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Japan is Rio bound after qualifiying for the men’s sevens tournament at next year’s Olympic Games, beating Hong Kong 24-10 in the final of the Asia rugby sevens qualifier 2015 on Sunday. Tries by Teruya Goto, Lemeki Lomano, Kazuhiro Goya and Katsuyuki Sakai, who ...

Nov 5, 2015

Japan targets spot at Rio 7s

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Fresh off the exploits of the Brave Blossoms at the Rugby World Cup, the Japan men’s and women’s sevens teams will be looking to book their tickets for next year’s Rio Olympics via the Asian qualifying tournament in Hong Kong this weekend. With rugby ...