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  1. Reality bites for New Zealand

    Posted Mar 27th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Has the aura been lost? We asked New Zealand sevens supremo Gordon Tietjens this question in the wake of the World Cup debacle. He smiles in his laconic fashion and blames rising standards for the levelling of the playing field. Twelve months ago, New Zealand arrived having won all four previous legs and on a record winning streak of 36 matches. They extended ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674680/reality-bites-new-zealand
  2. New format offers even more for HK Sevens fans

    Posted Nov 07th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Tietjens (pictured), New Zealand's eight-time IRB World Series-winning sevens coach, welcomed the move, saying: 'This is a good idea. In the past, if you lost in Hong Kong in the Cup ... quarter-finalists,' said Warrick Dent, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of commercial, communications and events. 'Hong Kong is still very much the jewel in the crown,' he said. 'What ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697546/new-format-offers-even-more-hk-sevens-fans
  3. Rare chance to gorge on rugby as all the stars come out to play

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... of sevens rugby. This year, the elite UK-based touring team, the Penguins, are making their third Tens visit, having twice finished as runners-up. They are hoping to end New Zealand ... tomorrow's stars. The 2003 winning New Zealand Metro team contained four players who went on to become All Blacks - Ben Atiga, Jerome Kaino, Sione Lauaki and Nick Evans. The Tens enjoys a reputation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672477/rare-chance-gorge-rugby-all-stars-come-out-play
  4. Gutsy HK robbed of Marist trophy

    Posted Feb 08th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... camp in Wellington which included practice games against Gordon Tietjens' New Zealand sevens squad as well as matches against IRB Sevens core teams like France and the United States. ... performance,' said Ivan Torpey, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/669188/gutsy-hk-robbed-marist-trophy
  5. Sevens silverware in Hong Kong's grasp

    Posted Mar 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Kong squad, for on the same flight were three boxes carrying the medals which the International Rugby Board will dish out to the winners and runners-up at the end of the tournament. 'I ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671684/sevens-silverware-hong-kongs-grasp
  6. Alvin Sallay

    Posted Jun 28th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... to field a team.' New Zealander Gallagher fears the IRB might be caught out if the provinces took up rugby. 'We don't have the coaching staff in place to propagate the sport as yet. ... Alvin Sallay Once upon a time, well, actually 12 years ago, China was heralded as the next best thing to a pint of Guinness by the Dublin-based International Rugby Board, which was upbeat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/685076/alvin-sallay
  7. Hurricanes release Vito for Sevens mission

    Posted Mar 24th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Everything is on the line for defending champions New Zealand this weekend. So it is no surprise they have persuaded the Hurricanes to release big winger Victor Vito ... on Sunday will lift New Zealand to the top of the world standings. With 30 points on offer to the Cup winners, New Zealand can catapult ahead of joint-leaders South Africa and England, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674328/hurricanes-release-vito-sevens-mission
  8. Cullen returns to scene where he ran ref and rivals ragged

    Posted Mar 28th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... factor.' Which brought up the subject of Dan Carter and the New Zealand Rugby Football Union's decision to permit the All Blacks flyhalf to take a sabbatical and play in France. Cullen ... Cullen grabbed that accolade for himself. His dazzling performance saw him being proclaimed as the next big thing in New Zealand rugby. And he lived up to that promise as he was selected ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674835/cullen-returns-scene-where-he-ran-ref-and-rivals-ragged
  9. HK team to face tough challenge in Suva Sevens tournament

    Posted Oct 16th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Hong Kong will step into the hotbed of sevens in January after accepting an invitation by the Fiji Rugby Union to take part in the ultra-competitive Suva Sevens. The annual tournament ... Fijian sevens teams involved, so we know that it will be tough and good preparation for us.' The Suva Sevens is traditionally used by top teams like New Zealand to pick their squads ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695502/hk-team-face-tough-challenge-suva-sevens-tournament
  10. HK out to burst giant-killer Kenya's bubble

    Posted Mar 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... nations are tough obstacles, particularly Kenya who this season have had victories against New Zealand, Wales, Samoa, England and South Africa. These heady performances see them currently ranked ... Kayange, a giant forward, still savours his side's giant-killing feat was over New Zealand last month. 'We came close to beating New Zealand in the first IRB Sevens tournament in Dubai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672193/hk-out-burst-giant-killer-kenyas-bubble

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