KENYA'S DAY FINALLY ARRIVED...
How can we not start with these guys? What a moment to witness their first-ever Cup title in their 115th tournament. Hats off to the all involved, it’s been a long time coming but it is a fantastic achievement and one that was well deserved. Benjamin Ayimba has brought Kenya back into the mix after a disappointing last season, and has made the Olympics even harder to predict than ever before!
Sevens is already striking Olympic gold
Onto the Olympics and what we saw in Singapore and Hong Kong was the fact that rugby sevens, its players, and all involved are already at Olympic standards on and off the pitch. These are the stars of the Olympics, and the next generation of idols for many watching on around the world come August. We hope Rio is ready!
Samoa firm favourites for Rio
In June the last place in the men’s tournament for Rio will be decided. Three core teams – Samoa, Canada and Russia – will go up against 13 other regional qualifiers including Zimbabwe, Chile and Germany. Having beaten both Fiji and New Zealand in Singapore, Samoa could be finding form just at the right time to secure their place in Rio.
Transition to #Rugby7s is not easy!
We’ve said it before with the likes of Sonny Bill Williams, Quade Cooper and others, but this weekend we saw Nate Ebner return to the USA Sevens side. He’s played before but never on the series and, having headed off to NFL where he won the Super Bowl with the Patriots last yeat, Ebner has returned with one eye on Rio. It was quite the welcome back into the sport from France’s Virimi Vakatawa.
The best double header?
Of all the double headers this season, Hong Kong and Singapore could possibly be the best! A sell-out Hong Kong, and over 45,000 in Singapore's return to the series after 10 years, many fans will be thinking both could be worth a trip with them being so close next season! Great rugby and a party atmosphere at both, with stars such as The Hoff and Pete Tong providing extra entertainment. Singapore also impressed on its return to the series and the National Stadium was a perfect venue. We’re now all excited for the final two events in Paris and London with a series finale to end all series finales!