RUGBY SEVENS: The Australian Rugby Union is quietly confident the lure of an Olympic Games gold medal will keep superstar Israel Folau in the code.
RUGBY SEVENS: The Australian women are just four points behind New Zealand in the overall IRB Sevens World Series rankings, while the men are out to defend their 2012 Tokyo title, setting up a huge weekend of Rugby Sevens action in China and Japan.
RUGBY SEVENS: The Qantas Women’s Sevens’ undefeated run at the Hong Kong Sevens came to an end following a 29-0 defeat to Canada in the Cup final on Friday.
RUGBY SEVENS: Men’s Sevens coach, Michael O’Connor, has named his squad for the Hong Kong and Tokyo rounds of the Sevens World Series, with two changes to the side that claimed Shield honours in Las Vegas.
AOC: Olympic sports, the AOC and AIS need to address “culture and Team values” as they prepare athletes for the 2016 Games in Rio.
RUGBY SEVENS: Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane has welcomed back two players from injury, while introducing two high school students to the national team, with the naming of his squad for tournaments in Hong Kong and China.
I congratulate the Australian Crime Commission and the Federal Government for the stance they have taken because as far as cheating in sport goes the “gloves are now off”, we now have the powers to properly investigate doping and match fixing.
RUGBY SEVENS: Australia is enjoying the spoils of the Rugby Sevens World Series in what is an ideal build-up to the sport’s induction to the Rio 2016 Olympic Program.
RUGBY SEVENS: International Rugby Board Chief Executive Brett Gosper has hailed the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series tournament in Dubai a huge success and has reiterated the IRB’s commitment to develop the women’s game on the road to Rio 2016.
RUGBY SEVENS: It is a sign of the times in women's Rugby that two of the Game's superpowers, France and Australia, are contemplating a 'group of death' scenario at the opening round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai.