Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

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Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 2:09 am

Might seem odd starting a thread while the Commonwealth Games sevens is getting underway but the World Cup seedings have just been announced.

Although England are having a poor season this year (by recent standards) we are seeded fourth, because it takes into account previous performances. The first eight seeds are important, and they are as follows (Mens competition):

South Africa
Fiji
New Zealand
England
USA
Australia
Argentina
Scotland

The tournament has a strange structure. Mike Friday thinks the competition has been shoehorned into a single venue, and too tight a timetable, making it more of a lottery than usual. There are 24 teams in total, which is eight more than a round in the sevens circuit. the bottom 16 teams all play a round of matches against each other: the 9th seed vs the 24th, the 10th vs the 23rd etc. With the seedings out, we now know what these matches look like (6 nations sides in bold):

Kenya (9th seed) vs Tonga (24th seed)
Canada (10th seed) vs Jamaica (23rd seed)
France vs Papua New Guinea
Wales vs Zimbabwe
Samoa vs Hong Kong
Russia vs Uganda
Japan vs Uruguay
Ireland (16th seed) vs Chile (17th seed)

These are straight knock-out matches, for the right to play one of the eight seeds. The winner of the first match plays the 8th seed, the second match the 7th seed etc. Consequently,

Scotland will play the winner of Kenya vs Tonga. Probably Kenya, which will be a tough match.
England will play the winner of Samoa vs Hong Kong. Probably Samoa, which is not an obvious win for us.

Wales need to beat Zimbabwe, in order to face USA. A tough match-up in San Francisco.
If Ireland beat Chile, then they have the unenviable task of meeting top seed South Africa.









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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by robbo277 on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 2:15 pm

So to clarify -

Day one is the fixtures above, and then there are effectively 3 tournaments of 8 to play over the next 2 days.

The top 8 seeds will play 4 matches, while everyone else will play 5.

I don't think this tournament will flow as well as one of the regular series tournaments. Your top 8 will only play 1 game on each of the first two days, and after day 1 you would have eliminated 2/3 of your teams with 2/3 of the tournament still to play.

I agree with some of the criticisms in the OP, it feels like there will be too many dead games.

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 2:44 pm

robbo277 wrote:I agree with some of the criticisms in the OP, it feels like there will be too many dead games.
Mike Friday thinks it's a mistake to run the Womens and Mens Cups together. That happens during the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, because it couldn't happen any other way. There are fewer teams in both, though so it is manageable.

By trying to run both Cups together, there's not enough time for either.

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by TBJ9625 on Thu 03 May 2018, 11:32 am

I can see why Friday thinks that, and hopefully it wont have too much impact on the players. But I'll let you know as I'm off to this competition Very Happy
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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Tue 10 Jul 2018, 11:15 am

New Zealand squad:

Kurt Baker (Manawatu), Dylan Collier (Waikato), Scott Curry (Bay of Plenty, cc), Trael Joass (Tasman), Andrew Knewstubb (Horowhenua Kapiti), Jona Nareki (Otago), Tim Mikkelson (Waikato, cc), Sione Molia (Counties Manukau), Salesi Rayasi (Auckland), Joe Ravouvou (Auckland), Akuila Rokolisoa (Auckland), Regan Ware (Bay of Plenty)

Haven't seen any Home Nations squad selections. Last weekend saw the Exeter Sevens (which England won), and a lot of senior players got a run, so we should see formal announcements soon.

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Tue 10 Jul 2018, 11:29 am

Actually, Ireland have already announced:

http://www.the42.ie/ireland-sevens-world-cup-squads-4117732-Jul2018/

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Wed 11 Jul 2018, 7:49 am

England squad pretty much as expected.

Phil Burgess, Alex Davis, Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards, Mike Ellery, Harry Glover, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell (c), Will Muir, Dan Norton, James Rodwell.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/44785255

(There is a women's competition too, but I'm guessing their names will be even less familiar than the men's squads)

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Wed 11 Jul 2018, 1:21 pm

Scotland

http://scottishrugby.org/news/18/07/10/scotland-7s-world-cup-squad-announced

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Wed 11 Jul 2018, 10:49 pm

Wales

http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/news/41071.php

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Wed 11 Jul 2018, 11:26 pm

Mike Friday doesn't like the new format but Ben Ryan thinks it's a good move. Ryan believes sevens needs to develop commercially, and the sudden-death format could help keep audiences engaged.

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan on Thu 12 Jul 2018, 3:46 pm

Blitzbokke

1. Ryan Oosthuizen
2. Philip Snyman (captain)
3. Dylan Sage
4. Zain Davids
5. Werner Kok
6. Heino Bezuidenhout
7. Dewald Human
8. Rosko Specman
9. Justin Geduld
10. Selvyn Davids
11. Siviwe Soyizwapi
12. Ruhan Nel

Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika, Chris Dry, Seabelo Senatla are all injured, while Kwagga Smith and Sikhumbuzo Notshe are on Super Rugby duty. Still an impressive line-up.

http://www.sarugby.co.za/article.aspx?category=sarugby/sevens&id=4343734

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Re: Rugby Sevens World Cup 2018 (San Francisco 20-22 July)

Post by Rugby Fan Today at 12:29 am

The build-up to this World Cup sevens has been underwhelming, to say the least. Football. cricket and Wimbledon do make for a crowded sporting calendar. Still, it feels like there's less coverage of this tournament than the last one in Moscow five years ago.


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