Australia men claim first sevens tournament win in six years

by Garry Watts January 29, 2018, 2:38
Australia men claim first sevens tournament win in six years

England Women Sevens have won the Challenge Trophy at the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens in Sydney after beating Fiji 29-10 in the final.

Harry Jones and Nathan Hirayama scores tries for Canada, which dropped out of Cup contention by losing all three of its pool games earlier in the tournament - including a 52-5 loss to No. 13 Scotland.

The Fiji men beat New Zealand and Samoa to top their pool before a heavy 24-7 defeat to the United States of America in the Cup quarter finals and 31-7 loss against the All Blacks Sevens in the playoff for fifth place.

The last meeting between Australia and New Zealand was a 38-14 win to the Kiwis in Cape Town in December.

WORLD Rugby boss Brett Gosper has backed the calls for all sevens global tournaments to follow the lead of Sydney Sevens and combine mens and womens events on the same stage and says the governing body will help pay for it.

The World Series moves to Hamilton next weekend.

Russian Federation beat the United States 19-14 and Canada beat France 28-12 in other quarterfinals.

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With those words ringing in their ears, the Australian mens sevens capped a magical weekend for Aussie rugby by defeating South Africa and winning the Sydney Sevens double alongside the champion women's team at Allianz Stadum.

It also marked the first time both men and women have played concurrently in a format set to become more common on the world tour.

Gosper, the son of Australian Olympic silver medallist and former International Olympic Committee vice president Kevan, is in Sydney this week to work on broadcast negotiations for next year's World Cup in Japan.

The New Zealand men's sevens team were also beaten by Australia today, but crashed out in the quarter final.

Australia's women have been as dominant as you could possibly ask for so far in this campaign - in five matches so far including their two finals, they're yet to conceded a point.

They conceded five tries to none and never looked likely to respond, despite the attacking presence of Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde.

"In previous tournaments we wanted to go out and win, but I don't think we really thought we could do it", he said.

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