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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

New Zealand beat England to win the Wellington Sevens

New Zealand beat England to win the Wellington Sevens

New Zealand won their second IRB World Series Sevens tournament in succession as they won at home, beating England 29-14 to take the Wellington Sevens title this past weekend. Debutant Declan ODonnell proved to be the star of the final.

Still only 20 and very much unknown before the tournament commenced, ODonnell has burst onto the scene with his highly impressive performances over the weekend, scoring ten tries in total, and a hat-trick in his first ever final.

"He's outstanding. He had an outstanding tournament," said New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens. "It's a huge call, I know, but Declan's got some traits of Christian Cullen - fast feet, ability to glide and step at pace - and one-on-one you just know he's going to beat the guy.

"The more I see of him, he's got a bit of Frank Bunce in him as well. I see him as a true centre, a potentially great centre, unbelievably strong defensively and a bit of mongrel thrown into the mix," he added.

England scored early but New Zealand hung in and soon turned things around as they streaked away victors in front of a capacity crowd at one of the most festive events on the Sevens Series calendar. They are now level with England on 64 points on the table.

The series now moves to the US, and Las Vegas, on Feb 12th. Keep a lookout for ODonnell in the near future. Hes tipped to do big things, and with so little experience and game time behind him, is already a top try scorer. One to watch.


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Posted at 8:52 am | 50 comments

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 1:07 pm

Finally, blacks are not always losers when great events come.

Perhaps should they send their 7 team to the worldcup?

:))

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 1:12 pm

Whats worse is England are going to be royaly fucked when Ben Gollings retires. No depth or direction

Has Declan got a Super 15 contract, or an Academy contract?

Well played NZ.

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 1:23 pm

How good is sevens rugby! Amazing atmosphere!

Well England and especially New Zealand

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poccio February 08, 2011 1:32 pm

looks like the only thing England was lacking was good, low tackling...anyway very nice vid!!

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 2:01 pm

Well played New Zealand, that O'Donnell fella is something special. However, it is a shame that a majority of your fans are f**kwits.

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 2:25 pm

Good final and ridiculous stat about the Wellington Bowl selling out in 1hr! Obviously gives the ABs a huge lift. Just a quick one about the haka and why they use it as a victory dance. I always understood that version that the ABs use is a war dance to lay down a challenge to an opposition so I'm a bit confused about their use of it at the end of the tournament when they've won. I don't want anyone thinking I'm here to discuss the haka and its place in rugby I just want an answer if someone knows how and when it started.

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 2:33 pm

what a sprint from the touch judge at 3:15, he should play too

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 2:56 pm

well done England, 3/3 finals. not going to win any more if they continue to tackle the upper body though...

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no rain in spain February 08, 2011 3:00 pm

I can only hope people can represent US rugby well and show up in numbers to the Las Vegas tournament. I'm out of the country, but I hope to go to one of these one day. Looks like a blast!

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Dutchrugbyplayer February 08, 2011 3:17 pm

England looked tired and (at the end) frustrated. Nevertheless they did very well to reach the final (3 in a row already??). The AllBlacks look mighty though.

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 3:29 pm

hmmm, comparisons with Cullen and Bunce. That is something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDn1CONwqKQ

Any chance we could get a compilation of ODonnell's try's/assists from the tournament so that we could have a chat about this claim.

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tb February 08, 2011 3:57 pm

That guy O'Donnell has the princely locks like King Akeem from Coming to America!

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tb February 08, 2011 3:57 pm

That guy O'Donnell has the princely locks like King Akeem from Coming to America!

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 4:01 pm

Can we see the clip of the Samoan kicking the English guy to get his citing and suspension. Off the ball occurance.

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Bennybunny February 08, 2011 4:23 pm

I do like the English commentator for Sevens. The BBC and Sky need to get rid of annoying over-opinionated mugs like Brian Moore, Stuart Barnes and Miles Harrison and get this guy commentating international 15s.

Also well done New Zealand!

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Bennybunny February 08, 2011 4:28 pm

Also I do realise the irony created by my annoying over-opinionated comment, but its true!

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 4:33 pm

I counted two Fijians in the final.

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 8:15 pm

I agree with the comment about the touchjudge. His pace is awesome.

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 9:10 pm

I counted two Fijians in the final.

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They invented these things called boats a couple years ago. Revolutionary things. They allow people to migrate anywhere in the world.

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 9:30 pm

too the grub talking about the all blacks being "losers when great events come". You need to check some 7's history. The nz sevens team has a excellent history, not even fiji comes close to their win record.

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Anonymous February 08, 2011 9:54 pm

To anon above me,

I was talking about the Worldcup retard. You might call it 15's.

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Tom February 08, 2011 9:55 pm

"I counted two Fijians in the final.

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They invented these things called boats a couple years ago. Revolutionary things. They allow people to migrate anywhere in the world."

Haha, gold, some people are ridiculously ignorant.
NZ has a massive Islander community, Samoans, Tongans, Fijians, and alot of others besides.

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Tom February 08, 2011 9:56 pm

"Just a quick one about the haka and why they use it as a victory dance. I always understood that version that the ABs use is a war dance to lay down a challenge to an opposition so I'm a bit confused about their use of it at the end of the tournament when they've won. I don't want anyone thinking I'm here to discuss the haka and its place in rugby I just want an answer if someone knows how and when it started."

It's not a war dance. Just look up haka on wikipedia, read up on the history.
Haka's can mean all kinds of things, and the ka mate haka is not a war dance.

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Canadian Content February 08, 2011 11:21 pm

To me, a shirtless haka at the end of the tournament is nothing more than showboating.

Good on them I guess, but I doubt there is cultural significance to the timing, otherwise, why don't the Maori or AB's do it after a test win?

Loving the 7's by the way

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Tom February 08, 2011 11:47 pm

Canadian Content, the haka represents alot for the Maori people, and Nzers in general.
It is not always a challenge, it can be a celebration dance or it can be done to honour a person or group (like a crowd who had supported a team).
Plus the fans love it, so there's that.

"Although the use of haka by the All Blacks rugby union team and the Kiwis rugby league team has made one type of haka familiar, it has led to misconceptions.[2] Haka are not exclusively war dances or performed only by men.[3] Some are performed by women, others by mixed groups, and some simple haka are performed by children. Haka are performed for various reasons: for amusement, as a hearty welcome to distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements or occasions (McLean 1996:46-47)."

"The most well-known haka is "Ka Mate", attributed to Te Rauparaha, war leader of the Ngti Toa tribe. The "Ka Mate" haka is classified as a haka taparahi a ceremonial haka. "Ka Mate" is about the cunning ruse Te Rauparaha used to outwit his enemies, and may be interpreted as "a celebration of the triumph of life over death" (Pmare 2006)."

It's a celebration of life, the ka mate haka.

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 12:06 am

first off amazing game from the looks of things !!! but secondly with ginger hair and a name like declan o'donnell that kid has gotta have some sorta irish blood in em snap him up cos he is an amazing talent !!!

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 12:25 am

haka, ha'a, sa'a are different forms of the same word which generally means dance.. there is a haka(dance) for war, funerals, and celebrations..

the "ka mate" haka was actually about a chief who escaped death.. so technically it is a celebration haka and isn't showboating if done in the end of a match

ps.. haka is also a tongan word, ha'a is the hawaiian varient, and sa'a is samoan varient(used less frequent then others) but all meaning dance.

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 12:26 am

*variant

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Alexander February 09, 2011 12:59 am

O Donnell Looks sensational! can't wait to see more of him. Good final. Although the kiwi fans booing the England tries was very disappointing..

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Tom February 09, 2011 1:13 am

Are you serious Alexander?
Jesus, do you know how drunk msot of them were?

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Marco February 09, 2011 1:19 am

Exciting highlights. Thanks for the explanation of the Haka, very interesting and enlightening. Well done NZ. (French fan)

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 1:27 am

Isn't this Declan character the same one that got all his rugby mates back to a bar he had been kicked out of and beat the living crap out of the bouncers? One of the bouncers was training for the olympics but is now to injured to train and go. Sounds like AB's have found another thug in the making.....just add booze....instant prick

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 5:17 am

was wasnt it offside play by the kiwis at the 3min mark?

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 5:28 am

to anon, why the hell would you make a quip saying "Finally, blacks are not always losers when great events come".
That is pointing at this 7's team not the all blacks you dopey muppet.

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Scotsdale February 09, 2011 7:56 am

@ Canadian Content, it's a tradition, a victory celebration if you will. It goes back many years and is done every single time they win a Sevens tournament.

I think the first time it happened was with Jonah Lomu, Cullen, Rush, etc when they won gold in the Commonwealth Games. Don't quote me on that though.

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Beatrootz February 09, 2011 9:23 am

In terms of it being a tradition of doing a haka at the end. It is actually been going on for as long as I can remember....but at high school level.... if you youtube nz schools doing haka's, you will see what I mean...this is something unique that has been associated with the nz rugby culture as well as in the pacific, and I think it should be appreciated.

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 9:49 am

Rugby might as well get rid of national sides and just have clubs.

Islanders playing for New Zealand, New Zealanders playing for England, Zimbabweans playing for South Africa and now Tonga complaining that it can't use players that have already played for other countries.

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Jim February 09, 2011 10:02 am

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10701403


he had better get his act together if he's going to make it anywhere

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Jim February 09, 2011 10:02 am

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10701403


he had better get his act together if he's going to make it anywhere

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 1:39 pm

Sounds like AB's have found another thug in the making.....just add booze....instant prick

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In NZ rugby is hugely popular, which means players from all backgrounds play. And you get bad apples and kids with troubles.

I know its hard to understand but try to get with the 21st century. Not all rugby players are englanders with silverspoons

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 3:49 pm

lets see if our 15's boys can do the same come september

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rememberthemer February 09, 2011 4:16 pm

Jeez Jim, I can think of a self confessed coke dealing hardcase who went on to do alright for England.

FYI All charges have been dropped, which I'm sure will make make you happy.

You are clearly the sort of reasonable and non-judgemental sort of person who would like to see a young man get beyond earlier troubles and find his way in life.

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Anonymous February 09, 2011 4:53 pm

Why do people get cut up with us Kiwi's? is it cos Rugby is our No1 game? The only country in the World were its a Religion and played by every one? You could argue that Wales are, but they support football in the North and Rugby is more popular in the South. But in NZ its in our DNA.

You think that people who play Rugby are from high privilege families? a lot of Kiwi's who play rugby are from tough up bringing and less fortunate then us.

Thats wot makes us Kiwi's who we are. Unlike you we dont juge our brothers.

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DJ February 09, 2011 6:41 pm

3:20, short blonde hair. yum!
some decent tries there. looked like a great game

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miles February 09, 2011 10:38 pm

"Thats wot makes us Kiwi's who we are. Unlike you we dont juge our brothers."

...apparently, English isn't taught very well there either.

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Tom February 10, 2011 1:38 am

Or perhaps they're just pedantic wankers about it Miles.

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Tom February 10, 2011 1:39 am

haha I meant NOT pedantic wankers about it.

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RememberTheMer February 10, 2011 4:13 pm

Touche Miles

I have never before seen the supercilious grammar/spelling Nazi riposte. Well played.

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miles February 10, 2011 5:52 pm

Well, while people are being labeled as "judgmental", one may as well indulge.

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Anonymous February 11, 2011 8:47 pm

can someone tell me what is the name of the music at the beginning ?

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