London Sevens 2018
HSBC London Sevens 2018
When: June 2-3, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)
Venue: Twickenham Stadium
Where: Twickenham, South West London, England
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2017 Winner: Scotland
London Sevens: England target a grandstand end at London Sevens.
After the loose-for-all try-fest served up via England and the Barbarians at Twickenham remaining Sunday, enthusiasts will be in for any other treat this weekend because the high-octane, excessive-scoring World Sevens Series rolls into the metropolis.
While Fiji and South Africa sit down quite on the pinnacle of the standings, England languishes down the desk in the eighth. Yet, having come off promising performances in Singapore and at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, they may wish to light up London after a disappointing marketing campaign.
“Results haven’t been what we’ve desired this year,” says England captain Tom Mitchell, talking to Rugby World on the eve of the tournament.
“It’s been very frustrating and tough on and stale the sphere. We haven’t been vastly off but we’re an extended way down within the World Series as compared within which I think we ought to be.”
Twelve months in the past it becomes a distinctive tale. England clinched their maximum finish within the collection because 2005-06, securing the 2nd spot in the very last standings in the back of South Africa after being runners-as much as Scotland in London.
Yet Mitchell, sincere in his assessment they have been sluggish to react to rule modifications this season, believes this England aspect aren’t ways of rediscovering their first-class shape.
“We’ve been on the wrong side of lots of close games,” says Mitchell, who has bagged 199 points this season, the 1/3 highest in the competition. “Last season we were at the proper aspect and that changed into what led us to have our high-quality finish in over a decade.
“The World Series is notably aggressive. You get punished if you’re a touch bit off however we recognize we’ve got the first-rate of the squad to push for finals and win tournaments and we’re running difficult in the direction of that intention.”
Team in transition
Finishing 2nd is a habit this England team are keen to shake off, having been runners-up in the final standings four times because it commenced in 1999.
To treatment, this addiction educates Simon Amor has blooded a bunch of younger and talented gamers, most drastically Mitchell’s ‘one to watch’ Will Edwards. “He’s got a variety of great qualities, each athletically and as a playmaker, so he’s an interesting prospect for the future for certain,” Mitchell says. “Keep an eye out for him.”
In a season of transition, an outstanding highlight has been England’s performance on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where they earned a bronze medal to observe upon Great Britain’s silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Mitchell hopes this late-season flourish will set the side up for a massive finish ahead of this summer’s Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.
“The Commonwealths was a huge moment for us,” says the 28-year-old. “To come away with a medal and have one in all our maximum finishes of the yr was definitely special and we’ll be seeking to get in and amongst it at the World Cup.
“But first we’re completely centered on London and playing at Twickenham. There’s constantly a splendid buzz constructing up to the event. We’ll be seeking to experience it along with all the difficult work and graft and make the most of an opportunity that most effective come around as soon as a year.”
England has won a hat-trick of London Sevens titles, with their remaining tournament victory again in 2009 while wonderkid Dan Norton exploded onto the scene.
That day England clawed returned a 19-zero half-time deficit to conquer the All Blacks 31-26 in extra-time, with Norton lighting fixtures up Twickenham with a breathtaking score from 60 meters out.
Fast-forward 9 seasons and the 30-yr-old has amassed a record-breaking 287 attempts, with Kenya’s Collins Injera closest to his tally with 260.
“When I began gambling I by no means notion I’d be on this position,” says Norton. “Ben Gollings become captain, top strive-scorer, and top point-scorer and I idea wow, he’s a legend. To be capable of being in this role now ten years on is quite unique. It’s a credit score to my family, friends, and coaches.
“It might be high-quality to get to three hundred attempts however there’s plenty of players coming,” he adds, eyeing the next milestone in his glittering career. “It would be a very first-class legacy to have, however, come this weekend, I’d alternatively get an overlaying address within the corner to win us the tournament. That will be the dream scenario.”
The London Sevens at Twickenham runs from Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 June, with England drawn against France, USA, and Kenya.
The Ireland Men’s 7s control have named a thirteen-guy squad to put together for the London 7s this weekend, which includes Shannon RFC’s, Greg O’Shea.
Ireland is the invitational team at the following two World Rugby Sevens Series events – this weekend in London and a subsequent week at the Paris 7s.
Ireland tour to London having secured the Moscow 7s name weeks ago inside the beginning spherical of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix.
They are drawn in Pool B, together with Australia, Spain, and Wales.
Billy Dardis captains the group, which shows two changes to the thirteen that traveled to Moscow, with Dardis’ UCD clubmate Jimmy O’Brien and the uncapped Foster Horan entering the squad.
Speaking ahead of the match, the Ireland Sevens Coach, Stan McDowell, said: “It’s a hectic time for this team in the interim, and all of us become very thrilled with the bring about Moscow. There are two exceptional learning possibilities coming up over the following two weekends as the players will benefit exposure to the pinnacle groups in the international in London and Paris. It is a brilliant way to add to our arrangements for the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco this July.”
After the two World Series occasions, Ireland is subsequent in movement in Marcoussis in France for the second round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series (thirtieth June and 1st July) and the following week they compete on the 0.33 spherical in Exeter (7th & 8th July).
The Men’s and Women’s 7s aspect will both compete on the World Rugby Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco over the weekend of the 20/21/22 July at the AT&T Stadium.
The very last spherical of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix takes place in Poland at the eighth & ninth September.
Radradra, who changed into guy-of-the-in shape within the Barbarians’ massive win over England final weekend, has made no secret of his ambitions to be part of Fiji’s Sevens World Cup plans and also the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Both the ex-NRL movie star and his Toulon teammate Josua Tuisova, are inside the mix to be part of the 12 for the Sevens this weekend, noticed training with the facet.
Tuisova becomes part of the 2016 Rio Olympics squad that gained a gold medal.
Fiji will verify its Sevens squad on Thursday, and fijivillage.Com had suggested earlier this week that coach Gareth Baber became but to determine whether or not the pair will play.
Radradra has already been named in Fiji’s Pacific Nations Cup squad, putting him right inside the body for next year’s Rugby World Cup, with John McKee eager to peer the speedster in a Test.
Fiji already has a commanding lead in the 2017-18 World Series, with a win or a 2d-vicinity in London securing them every other World Series name.
The Pacific Island state kicks off its Pacific Nations Cup marketing campaign on June 9 towards Samoa.