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  1. Poll of US fans backs sevens for 2012 games

    Posted Jun 19th 2005, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Rugby sevens, battling to become a medal sport at the 2012 Olympics, got a boost from an unlikely source- the American public, who voted it the sport they most preferred ... it as a vindication of the universal popularity of the seven-a-side version and an unequivocal answer to the criticism of IOC member Denis Oswald, who recently claimed rugby sevens ...

  2. Free-for-all as giants move into last eight

    Posted Mar 27th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Everyone from Sponge Bob to the Roman Legionnaires can look forward to a mouth-watering finals day at the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens with co-favourites ... against easier opponents than the chasing pack in the IRB Sevens World Series. New Zealand have drawn Portugal and England play Russia in the quarter-finals. The others have it tough. Fiji meet ...

  3. Beer, bubbles, banter, bling and Boks in lead-up to the Sevens

    Posted Feb 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... Incessantly. One of the new pre-Sevens rugby functions this year that's for women only brought to mind another Hong Kong-centric acronym, SINBAD: Single Income, No Bloke And Desperate. I realise I am being unkind. For every SINBAD in this town, there's a LOMBARD (Loads Of Money, But A Real Dork). Rugby promoter and former player Antony Phillips, from the Amici Group, gave ...

  4. Door open for new converts as fans Down Under turn to yoga

    Posted Feb 15th 2009, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... Paul Gaffney, used to live up there and loved playing sevens for Hong Kong. He gets tickets through his rugby mates who are still there,' Steeles said. We are bound for Byron Bay, the land ... with friends.' Even in the economic tsunami, anecdotally it seems most Hong Kong rugby fans have friends overseas who are still prepared to come to the city for the Sevens - with or without tickets. ...

  5. Serevi returns to sacred turf for one last tilt

    Posted Mar 09th 2005, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay 'He is determined to play one more time in Hong Kong. He has done more than enough to make the grade' The spiritual guardians of sevens rugby Fiji will be fuelled ... the entire nation behind the team, Fiji's new sevens coach Wayne Pivac yesterday passed the mantle of leadership to Serevi, probably the greatest player ever in sevens and an icon back home. ...

  6. Clean up the rules and this game will fly, says Aussie O'Connor

    Posted Mar 25th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... to say, with sevens in Australia, we have not really put enough resources and energy into it, especially with the advent of Super rugby which drew a lot of good players,' O'Connor said. ... and embrace sevens.' These changes have already had an impact with the Australian Rugby Union now contracting players for sevens- not massive amounts, according to O'Connor, ...

  7. Tokyo tournament tipped to join world series

    Posted Mar 29th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Tokyo is favourite to host one of two new legs in an expanded HSBC Sevens World Series. The city could come on board either next year or in 2013. International Rugby Board ... in the series. 'But with all that has happened in the past month, Tokyo might come on board next year or in 2013.' The Japan Rugby Football Union had planned to hold the Tokyo Sevens- a 16-team ...

  8. Diggin' the dancing queen

    Posted Mar 27th 2009, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... of rugby in terms of the players and teams, but also the entertainment at the Sevens. I see it as the mardi gras of rugby.' Shifting gears from entertainer to creative director is producing ... this year the Australian is also the creative director for on-pitch entertainment. 'When the going gets tough, you get back to basics,' said the veteran Sevens entertainer. 'And in my ...

  9. 2 minutes with...PAUL HALEY

    Posted Mar 07th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I broke my neck on a tour game in Malaysia in 1993. I was out of action for seven months. When I recovered, I knew my rugby playing days were over but I wanted to stay in touch with the game so ... PAUL HALEY The leading rugby referee was at the centre of the storm last week when he sent off three players in the game between Hong Kong Football Club and Aberdeen after a fight broke ...

  10. Tug of war erupts over Russell

    Posted Mar 10th 2005, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Africa's 12-strong squad for Hong Kong, but the country's sevens management has warned the International Rugby Board (IRB) that it could be forced to make a late change if the Durban-based ... the decision is out of my hands. It is up to South Africa Rugby and the Sharks management to decide what is best. I have spoken to the sevens coach and we are supporting each other. We would both like ...




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