Under the Posts – Week of July 1, 2018

Another big week in rugby news! The Rugby Europe 7s Trophy challenge continues with a stop in Hungary, we touch on the Men’s Soccer World Cup (flop city), NBC will have all the coverage of the Rugby World Cup 7s, and we highlight the Springbok women’s team preparation ahead of the RWC 7s. 

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The 2018 USA Rugby Club 7s Nationals will be in New York this year. The venue has two stadiums within the Baker Athletics Complex at Columbia University. Matches will take place over two days, August 11-12.

Ticketing information for this year’s Club 7s championship will be available soon. Fans who can’t make it to New York may watch the event live on FloRugby.

The Rugby Europe 7s Trophy challenge continues this week with the second leg in Hungary. The Netherlands took the first stop and look in top form to repeat this week.

We are enjoying the Men’s Soccer World Cup but agree that all the flopping is tiresome. Here are a few of our favorite #Neymar memes…

NBC is going to have tons of coverage of the upcoming Rugby World Cup 7s Tournament. We’ve sent several inquiries and tweets to see about how much coverage the women will get…no response yet…If you have Twitter, give us a RT?

Springbok women’s rugby sevens coach Paul Delport says he’s pleased with the progress shown by his squad as they enter the final stage of preparation for the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

The squad has reformed this week and are entering their final phase of tournament preparation. This includes training matches against the South Africa Students Women’s Sevens on July 9-10.

South Africa qualified as African champions last year and will face Russia in their opening match on Friday, July 20.

The Indian women’s rugby team has been preparing for the Asian Games but they more than likely won’t be invited.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) criteria for individual and team sports is a top-six and top-eight finish respectively at the previous Asian Games or recent Asian competitions.

“Both the men’s and women’s teams were quarterfinalists at the 2010 Games but we were still not sent to Incheon,” says Nasser Hussain, coach of the Indian women’s rugby team. “This time again, despite getting an in-principle approval — and the camp allotment is testament to that approval — we’re again left with no answers, reasoning or clarification [about] being left out of the contingent.”

Behind the scenes: A matchday with Nigel Owens is an excellent video for a sneak peek into a World Rugby referee’s match preparation. Take a few minutes and give it a watch!

Dates for the 2019 Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series have been announced!

Colorado ➡️20-21 Oct, 2018
Dubai ➡️ 29-30 Nov, 2018
Sydney ➡️ 1-3 Feb, 2019
Kitakyushu ➡️ 20 -21, 2019
Langford ➡️ 11-12 May,2019
Paris ➡️31 – 2 May/Jun, 2019

Martha Daines has been appointed Director of USA Rugby’s Girls High School All-Americans and Talent Identification. Bringing extensive coaching experience, including significant time spent in the Women’s National Team pathway, Daines will focus on building the Girls High School All-American (GHSAA) player pool and program in both 7s and 15s. Additionally, Daines will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of talent identification initiatives across all age-grades.

A great appointment as Daines has been around rugby for a number of years and has a true passion for identifying talent and developing it!

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