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First title for USA

The USA team celebrate after winning the London Sevens tournament in the World Sevens Series. Photo: Planet Rugby

The USA team celebrate after winning the London Sevens tournament in the World Sevens Series. Photo: Planet Rugby

The USA claimed the London Sevens title while Fiji were crowned overall World Series champions after the final leg of the season over the weekend.

Mike Friday’s side beat Australia 45-22 to complete a stunning day, having earlier crushed England and Canada to reach the final.

Australia had impressed up until the final, comfortably seeing off first Scotland and then Fiji, but they had no answer against the Americans.

With their combination of sprint duo Perry Baker and Carlin Isles, as well as former Fiji age group player Andrew Durutalo, they were a class above everyone else at Twickenham, claiming their first Sevens World Series title as a result. Continue reading

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Fiji crowned Oceania sevens champion

Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU

Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU

In a pulsating men’s final New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji responded with some dazzling play to wrest back the initaitive with a converted try to make it 7-5 at half-time. Then converted tries to Vatemo Ravouvou and Fiji 400-metre sprinter Niko Verekauta broke the game apart for Fiji whose defence and all round play was too strong for New Zealand.

Fiji captain Nasoni Roko was delighted with the result, “We worked very hard this week to ensure we were ready and coach Ben Ryan has done a good job with the boys. We knew New Zealand would be very physical and they are always hard to beat. Luckily we have some good talent and in Niko we have some very fast speed out wide.”

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Fiji boss backs new eligibility rule

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan backs new IRB ruling which could see Rokocoko and Sivivatu playing for Fiji in the future. Photo: Skysports

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan backs new IRB ruling which could see Rokocoko and Sivivatu playing for Fiji in the future. Photo: Skysports

Fiji Sevens head coach Ben Ryan is firmly behind the new IRB Regulation 8 to allow players a second chance at international rugby.

A number of players capped by New Zealand and Australia but born in the Pacific Islands are hoping to represent the countries of their birth or ancestry at next year’s Rugby World Cup under the new rules.

Speaking exclusively to Planet Rugby, Ryan outlined the developments behind the regulation coming into action ahead of the Olympics in 2016.

“It’s all come about because IOC (International Olympic Committee) regulations for eligibility are different to the IRB, so the passport has become crucial,” said Ryan.

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