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  1. Pesamino misses Sevens for Samoa

    Posted Mar 18th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... rounds at the Hong Kong Stadium. The only new face to the squad is Fale Sooialo. Samoa are level with Fiji in third place in the IRB Sevens standings on 64 points- 16 behind joint leaders England and New Zealand. Fiji, meanwhile, have recalled four players, including French-based duo Setefano Cakau and Osea Kolinisau, for their bid to win an 11th Hong Kong Sevens title (they also won ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741238/pesamino-misses-sevens-samoa
  2. Test is yet to come for Fiji after rout of Malaysia

    Posted Mar 26th 2011, 12:00am by Andrew Mullen

    ... Andrew Mullen After receiving a harsh lesson in last month's final in Las Vegas, Fiji made their intentions known with a professional nine-try, 59-0 demolition of helpless Malaysia. But Fiji coach Iliesa Tanivula is not getting carried away, ahead of harder challenges to come this weekend for the most successful team in the tournament's history. Malaysia provided little ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/742065/test-yet-come-fiji-after-rout-malaysia
  3. We want to win it for Christchurch

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

    ... that already. For them, the motivation at their home-away-from-home is more simple- money. For the first time, the Fiji Rugby Union has agreed to give 50 per cent of any prize money won to the players ... for the boys,' Fiji coach Iliesa Tanivula said. 'But the bigger picture is still about winning points in the series.' In Fiji, sevens is supreme. The sevens players are contracted to the union ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741955/we-want-win-it-christchurch
  4. Rising Russia seek support

    Posted Mar 27th 2011, 12:00am by Andrew Mullen

    ... the game to the next level. Rugby Union of Russia president Vyacheslav Kopiev is the sole driving force in the country, who are ranked 18th overall. 'For us, the Sevens World Cup ... Andrew Mullen With much talk in the rugby world focused on the inclusion of sevens in the 2016 Olympics, Russia coach Pavel Baranovskiy has called for more government and International ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/742164/rising-russia-seek-support
  5. Credit Suisse closes its account with Hong Kong Sevens

    Posted Feb 18th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... teams are joint top in the standings on 80 points, with Fiji and Samoa- the defending Hong Kong Sevens champions- tied in third place on 64. With this event offering the most points due ... Zealand, France, Portugal, South Korea. Pool B: England, USA, Japan, China. Pool C: Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, Mexico. Pool D: Fiji, Kenya, Russia, Malaysia. Pool E: South Africa, Wales, Hong Kong, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738482/credit-suisse-closes-its-account-hong-kong-sevens
  6. World Cup-bound Japan will respect Five Nations

    Posted Jan 20th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... the renowned All Black winger John Kirwan, at the end of this month before it is pruned to 30 for the A5N. 'We will play four tests in the A5N; then three against Samoa, Fiji and Tonga ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/736195/world-cup-bound-japan-will-respect-five-nations
  7. Wrong decisions can turn out right

    Posted Oct 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... missed,' said Australian Rugby Union director Gary Flowers, who had voted for Japan. 'That was very much in our thinking in terms that the World Cup is the jewel in the crown of rugby ... collapsed. Even tyrants know the future is a crapshoot at best. Six years ago the International Rugby Board (IRB) met in Dublin to award the rights to host the 2011 World Cup. Japan, South Africa ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/983334/wrong-decisions-can-turn-out-right
  8. Mexico to make debut at Sevens

    Posted Jan 28th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... at the March 25-27 tournament. With the International Rugby Board keen to fast-track Mexico- the country will be hosting the Pan-American Games in October with rugby sevens being a medal sport ... gives them an opportunity to compete at an international level in preparation for the upcoming rugby sevens competition at the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara later this year,' IRB Sevens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/736963/mexico-make-debut-sevens
  9. IRB under pressure to save World Cup Sevens

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

    ... Cup to continue taking place. 'If there is clearly a groundswell we would support it,' said Trevor Gregory, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman. 'While we will go all out ... Alvin Sallay The 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow may not be the last edition, with the International Rugby Board considering the prospect of carrying on with the quadrennial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/742360/irb-under-pressure-save-world-cup-sevens
  10. Hong Kong look on bright side despite quarter-final defeat

    Posted Nov 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay Hong Kong bowed out in the Cup quarter-finals at the Noosa International Sevens, losing 33-12 to the Aussie Thunderbolts. Then, in an exhibition game against pre-tournament favourites Red Rock from Fiji, the Rowan Varty-led team won 17-12. 'You can't complain with four wins and one loss, especially when that loss was close considering they led 19-12 until ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/984751/hong-kong-look-bright-side-despite-quarter-final-defeat

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