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You could feel the buzz at the Sydney Football Stadium 30 minutes before play started on the first day of the Sydney Sevens.
The more accurate headline would be New Zealand didn’t win the inaugural Sydney Sevens at Allianz Stadium last night in a cliffhanger, Australia lost it.
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The Queensland Reds have been gripped by ‘Goru fever’, after showing off their new Japanese pin-up boy Ayumu Goromaru, who is set to make his first appearance on Friday for the Super Rugby team.
Quade Cooper is confident a “clear and detailed” three-way agreement will take him from frustrated spectator to Australian sevens playmaker next month in Las Vegas.
The prospect of being a leader at the Brumbies entices Scott Sio, but the Wallabies prop is keeping his options open as he considers his future in Super Rugby.
Six Nations champions Ireland have opened up their defence with a pulsating 16-16 draw against Wales.
New Zealand have once again broken the hearts of Australian rugby fans and maintained a stranglehold over their trans-Tasman rivals by denying a cherished home triumph at the Sydney Sevens.
Australian coach Andy Friend says World Rugby must act quickly to ensure the debut of sevens at the Rio Olympics isn’t plagued by an embarrassing eight-man bungle like the one which struck the Sydney Sevens.
Australia have upset world series leaders South Africa and will play New Zealand in an ANZAC final at the Sydney rugby sevens.
Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has called on Super Rugby officials to again review its rules around rolling mauls after “further inconsistencies” in their first pre-season trial.
Australia’s newest women’s Olympic team underlined why they will be true gold medal contenders at the Rio Games with a rugby sevens whitewash of Ireland.
He barely gave himself a pass mark, but Super Rugby convert Reece Robinson left quite an impression in his first proper hit-out for the NSW Waratahs.
Henry Speight is the hired big gun, but it’s another Henry who is Australia’s new rugby hero after propelling the Thunderbolts into the Sydney Sevens semi-finals.
New Zealand haven’t let a World Rugby investigation into an eight-man breach affect them at the Sydney Sevens, swatting aside the US 24-7 in their quarter-final.
It took Eddie Jones about 40 minutes to realise that southern hemisphere-style running rugby is not so easy on a cold winter’s day at Murrayfield, as a change of tactics enabled England grind out a 15-9 victory in his first game in charge.
Dan Carter’s French club Racing 92 side have beaten the defending Super Rugby champions the Highlanders 45-38 in a frenetic match in Hong Kong.
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This weekend, the Six Nations kicks off a new four-year cycle of international rugby. There is a palpable excitement in the air as the Northern Hemisphere heavyweights look to atone for their rather embarrassing World Cup and start afresh – it looks like we have something new to look forward to.
The weekend marked the start of a four-year commitment to rugby sevens in Sydney.
Tournament results: New Zealand have once again given Australian rugby fans a heartbreaker, snatching victory in the dying moments of the Sydney Sevens final on Sunday evening.
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Ireland kick off their defence of the Six Nations title against Wales this Sunday at 3pm local time. It will be a very tough tournament for the Irish team, with injuries to several of the first XV, along with a number of players suffering a severe loss of form.
Ireland begins its Six Nations defence against Wales in a match that sees two of the tournament favourites go head-to-head.
Day results: Australia made it through to the quarter-finals of the Sydney Sevens, where they will face England on Sunday.
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England begin their latest rebuild on when they clash with Scotland at Murrayfield during the opening weekend of the 2016 Six Nations.
France and Italy will look to get their Six Nations campaigns off to the perfect start as both teams look to recover from poor World Cup showings last year.
England is no longer a major sporting power, and hasn’t been for quite some time.
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For the South African rugby community, there is little to feel optimistic about regarding the future fortunes of the Super Rugby franchises and the national team.
I am a huge fan of sports Hall of Fames when they are done correctly. The best example is the NFL Hall of Fame, where induction is almost as prestigious as winning a Super Bowl.
Straight away, I’ll be honest; I don’t watch sevens that much. Over the years I have never found myself in front of my TV waiting for the Wellington sevens to start.
Ireland have had a favourable fixture list in the Six Nations Championship for the last two years, with the weakest team – Scotland in 2014 and Italy in 2015 – up first, affording them every chance to build momentum.
The 2016 Super Rugby season is fast approaching and I cannot wait! Last season was brilliant with fast flowing rugby and excitement.
One aspect of Super Rugby I am interested in this year are the players who will strengthen the Wallabies.
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The 2016 rugby season, a year filled with so much promise and change as the start of the new four-year cycle in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup in Japan, looms over the horizon in the southern hemisphere.
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