ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Jul 23, 2018

New Zealand claim Rugby World Cup 7s title to secure double triumph

New Zealand’s Sevens team have become the first team to win the Rugby World Cup Sevens title for the third time after they beat England 33-12 in the final in San Francisco on Sunday. This adds to the success of the Women’s team, who were also victorious.

Tournament favourites South Africa and Fiji both exited at the semi final stage, knocked out by England and New Zealand respectively. They went on to play for third place, with the Blitzbokke taking that honour by beating Fiji 24-19.

New Zealand’s win sees the country picking up an unprecedented double-double, as both All Blacks Sevens and the Black Ferns won for the second RWC tournament in succession.

“The double is huge, both the men and women train in the same place and they put pressure on us by winning their final,” said Tim Mikkelson, co-captin.

“We knew coming in it was going to be tough. We nearly got knocked out by France but raised it against Fiji. Credit to the coaching staff, the coach brought the boys together. We didn’t get the results but we kept on working.”

Scott Curry, named AIG Player of the Final, was delighted with his team’s performance. “It’s amazing, very hard to put into words. I’m so proud of the boys’ efforts over the weekend – we had four really tough games. Credit to England, who played really well.”

Head of England Sevens, Simon Amor, was naturally disappointed, but proud.

“It’s obviously disappointing to have missed out on that top spot but we made a few too many errors and turned the ball over too many times against a very good New Zealand team.

“I’m delighted with the way that the guys performed right the way through the tournament – they came through some really close games and played some outstanding rugby.

“This marks the end of a very long year but I’m really pleased with the way that we’ve grown as a programme and how the players have grown as well.”

New Zealand were previously RWC Sevens champions in 2001 and 2013 while England were looking for their first title since winning the first edition of the competition at Murrayfield in 1993.

New Zealand celebrated with a traditional post victory Haka

Catch up on the Quarter Finals from Day Two

credit: worldrugby

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 44 WEEKS AGO

    FIVE star players to watch out for in the...

  • 116 WEEKS AGO

    Part three of the award winning USA 7s documentary...

  • 157 WEEKS AGO

    Table topping Fiji fly past Australia to...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Blues score two STUNNING tries against Queensland Reds

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Racing 92 know how play ‘GORGEOUS’ rugby

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Teddy Thomas rinses defence with BLISTERING pace

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Every Ulster try scored in Europe this season..and it’s glorious!

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Fijian Drua show RIDICULOUS skillset and can score from anywhere

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fans outraged after shocking Owen Farrell moment

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Big Rugby Collision In South African Schools Match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Sickening Shot Leaves Motionless

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Hardest hit of all time

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Duhan Van der Merwe makes INCREDIBLE try saving tackle

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Hooker scores masterful try

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tadhg Furlong produces one of the best ever passes by a forward

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Hardest hit of all time

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Leicester Tigers respond to hilarious fan incident

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Thrilling clash between Munster and Toulouse settled by a place kick shootout

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Watch: The Internet Remains Undefeated In Champions Cup Build-Up

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: First It Was BoJo Now It's ScoMo

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Dad and 7 sons in Ireland forward pack

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Shocking mistake by Brumbies fullback prevents a certain try

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge hits back at Brian Moore

View All

Amateur

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Epic Speech Epitomises Rugby Values

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Epic touchline conversion from Tighthead seals the deal

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Veteran props compared to Tadhg Furlong in new viral video

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 119 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Israel Folau named back in international rugby today!

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    James Haskell sends twitter into another meltdown

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Harlequins full-back to leave at the end of the season

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Fans shocked after some huge recalls in the England squad

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Huge opportunity for young prodigy

View All