Preview: Commonwealth Games 7s

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58
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New Zealand has dominated Commonwealth Games Sevens, claiming all four Gold medals to date. The question is simple: 'Can anybody end their reign?'

New Zealand has dominated Commonwealth Games Sevens, claiming all four Gold medals to date. The question is simple: 'Can anybody end their reign?'

It is expected that their biggest challenge - in Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday - will come from a small group of teams that form the core of the IRB Sevens World Series.

The reigning champions, New Zealand, have been drawn in Pool A alongside Canada, Nigeria and tournament hosts, Scotland.

Delhi silver medallist Australia and bronze medallist South Africa are top seeds in pools D and B respectively, while other World Series regulars in Samoa, England, Kenya, Wales and Canada will also feature.
 
New Zealand captain DJ Forbes believes his team's "brutal" training regime under legendary coach Gordon Tietjens will propel the Kiwis to a fifth straight Commonwealth Games gold medal in Glasgow.

The Kiwis have not lost a single match since the sport was introduced at the Games for the first time in Malaysia in 1998.

At the helm for all four gold medal successes - in Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, Melbourne and Delhi - and in charge this weekend Tietjens is a coach with a formidable reputation for pushing his players to the limit.

"His methods are old school - 'brutal' is one of the words I'm sure a lot of people will agree with," Forbes, a gold medal winner at the 2010 Games, told BBC Sport.

Unsurprisingly Tietjens, 58, is demanding another gold as his side look to extend their long, unbeaten Commonwealth Games run.

"It's fair comment that I'm quite hard, but I also believe I'm quite fair," he said.

"The condition levels required for Sevens are different to a 15-per-side game. In a 15-per-side game it's all about defence and there's not a lot of space.

"The guys who play Sevens are all athletes. They're the fittest rugby players in New Zealand. They train so hard and you've got to have that type of commitment if you want to be successful."

The sixteen teams will take part in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games are Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, England, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Wales.

Pools
Pool A: New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Nigeria
Pool B: South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and Tobago
Pool C: Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia
Pool D: England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda
 
Day One schedule - Saturday, July 26:
(Kick-off is local time - GMT plus on hour)

Pool A
New Zealand v Canada - 09.30
Canada v Barbados - 11.30
New Zealand v Scotland - 12.56
Scotland v Barbados - 17.02
New Zealand v Barbados -m19.20
Canada v Scotland - 20.04

Pool B
Kenya v Cook Islands - 10.16
South Africa v Trinidad&Tobago - 11.22
Cook Islands v Trinidad&Tobago - 13.40
South Africa v Cook Islands - 17.30
Kenya v Trinidad&Tobago - 18.52
South Africa v Kenya - 21.10

Pool C
Samoa v Papua N Guinea - 10.38
Wales v Malaysia - 11.00
Papua N Guinea v Malaysia - 13.18
Wales v Papua N Guinea - 17.46
Samoa v Malaysia - 18.08
Samoa v Wales - 20.26

Pool D
Australia v Sri Lanka - 09.54
Australia v Uganda - 12.12
England v Sri Lanka - 12.34
England v Uganda - 17.24
Sri Lanka v Uganda - 19.42
England v Australia - 20.48

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SEVENS
MORE LOGS
Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Korea Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Chile 0 0 0 1 10
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Japan Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens
Hong Kong