The best sevens players on the planet will be strutting their stuff in San Francisco this weekend for the showpiece Rugby World Cup sevens. AT&T Park, the home of the city's Giants baseball side, will provide the venue for three days of action with Wales - who were shock winners nine years ago - once again rank outsiders to upset the odds. Here's the lowdown on sevens' latest global get-together. How strong is the Welsh squad? Wales have struggled on the HSBC World Sevens Series this season, finishing a lowly 14th in the standings. The squad contains the core of players who have been regulars on the circuit, the likes of Owen Jenkins, Luke Morgan, Adam Thomas - who will be playing in his final tournament - and Ethan Davies, as well as Olympian Luke Treharne, who was part of Team GB's squad in Rio. Familiar faces to the 15-a-side game are Wales internationals Cory Allen and Lloyd Williams, while speedster Jared Rosser impressed in Dragons colours at the end of last season. Wales … [Read more...] about Two 15-a-side Wales internationals named in World Cup Sevens squad
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Desford's Emily Scarratt has been named vice-captain of the England Women's squad for the Rugby World Cup Sevens which will take place in San Francisco on July 20-22. Abbie Brown captains an experienced side that includes six Olympians and nine members of the Team England squad that won bronze at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The 12-strong group also includes Burbage forward Vicky Fleetwood. Eighth-seeded England will face ninth seeds Ireland in their first game at 8.12pm (BST) on July 20 with their second game set to take place the following days. “We have a very tight squad and the players’ willingness to work exceptionally hard for each other has been demonstrated consistently throughout the season,” said England Women Sevens head coach James Bailey. “The Commonwealth Games illustrated what we are capable of which gives us confidence for the World Cup. We see San Francisco as a celebration of all of the hard work that the entire unit of players … [Read more...] about Scarratt and Fleetwood in England’s Rugby World Cup Sevens squad
A new deal struck ahead of the Rugby World Cup could change the way we watch television forever. Spark has won the rights to show the 2019 Rugby World Cup, so for the first time fans won't be able to watch all of the All Blacks games live on TV. Instead, they'll be asked to fork out $100 for an app. Spark's partner TVNZ will show just seven games from the tournament live, and Spark's CEO says the future of the set top box is over. Managing director Simon Moutter said: "We do not believe in satellites or set-top boxes - we believe that the world will consume video through apps via the internet across multiple devices, and most of the world agrees with us." Spark executives say we'll willingly download a $100 app to watch all 48 games. Aucklanders appear split between generations, giving mixed responses to the news. Some people said it was expensive but justified by the tournament having a long duration, and one person compared it to using Netflix. Not everyone was happy with the news, … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup deal: Are we entering the future of broadcast sport?
Spark and TVNZ have won the broadcast rights for major international rugby tournaments, including the Rugby World Cup 2019. New Zealanders will be able to stream RWC2019 matches and related content live or on-demand on a range of devices, including TV, mobile, tablets and laptops. The services will offer both free and paid content, and will be available to all New Zealanders, not just Spark customers. Spark entered an agreement with TVNZ, which will see the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, World Rugby Under 20 Championship 2018 and selected matches from the Rugby World Cup 2019 screen free to air. Free-to-air coverage of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 will be confirmed closer to the tournament date. Managing director Simon Moutter said, rather than an "all-or-nothing" approach to RWC coverage, Spark intended offering pricing options to suit people's differing preferences and budget. "While we won't be releasing pricing details until next year, I can say there will be a menu of … [Read more...] about Spark, TVNZ win broadcast rights for Rugby World Cup 2019 and more
World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper believes this year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco could ignite interest in the sport across America, raising the possibility of a US bid for the 15-a-side World Cup in 2027. Wednesday marks the 100-day countdown to the seventh edition of rugby's four-yearly sevens spectacular, which will be staged at San Francisco's iconic AT&T Park baseball stadium from July 20-22. Gosper told AFP in an interview that ticket sales for the three-day event had already reached the 60,000 level, and World Rugby is anticipating a sell-out for the opening day. The tournament is being staged as rugby enjoys a surge in popularity in the United States, buoyed by the success of the men's sevens team and greater exposure of the sport than ever before. NBC television will broadcast the World Cup Sevens, and in recent years has begun live broadcasts of English Premiership rugby and the Six Nations. Recent research commissioned by World Rugby found there were … [Read more...] about US bid for Rugby World Cup ‘sooner rather than later’