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HSBC World Sevens Series 2022-23

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Post by Rugby Fan Fri Nov 04, 2022 4:19 pm

Finally back in Hong Kong from today. This season sees England, Scotland and Wales competing as Great Britain. The first match didn't go well

France 34-0 Great Britain

Then again, another team also went down without scoring a point:

New Zealand 0-24 Samoa

GB have South Africa and Uruquay in the pool, which looks a tough ask on today's form.

The GB squad in Hong Kong is basically the core of the old Scottish side, coached by Tony Roques, with the Scottish coach, Ciaran Beattie, having oveall responsibility for the mens and women teams.

Robbie Fergusson (SCO) (player-coach)
Max McFarland (SCO)
Paddy Kelly (SCO)
Jamie Farndale (SCO)
Will Homer (ENG)
Morgan Williams (WAL)
Ross McCann (SCO)
Alec Coombes (SCO)
Jamie Barden (ENG)
Femi Sofolarin (SCO)
Tom Emery (ENG)
Freddie Roddick (ENG)
Kaleem Barreto (SCO)

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Post by Rugby Fan Sat Nov 05, 2022 5:43 am

Great Britain made amends with a 10-12 win over South Africa. However, we still need to beat Uruguay, and hope France can beat South Africa to progress to the Cup quarter-final. If South Africa beat France, then our opening day 34-0 loss will come back to bite, as we'll have the worst points difference.

Ireland are still unbeaten, and will play Argentina to see who tops the group.

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Post by Rugby Fan Sat Nov 05, 2022 9:02 am

France-South Africa result is moot now for GB, as we've just lost 17-19 to Uruguay.

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Post by Rugby Fan Sat Nov 05, 2022 10:58 am

Annoyingly, France did beat South Africa, so a win over Uruguay would have seen GB through to the quarter finals.

Still, New Zealand also failed to make the quarter finals. They had an amazing streak of always making the cut until it was broken last year. Now they have fallen short this season too.

Hard to know what form the teams are in, given personnel changes. Ireland, Samoa and Australia have started from where they left off. Too early to tell about others.

Team GB have hardly played together as a squad. There was talk of looking to see if any Worcester or Wasps players would be desperate for a contract of any sort, but that doesn't seem to have happened. At the moment, the squad isn't anywhere near a collection of the best sevens players in England, Scotland and Wales. Whether it will ever be that depends on the support of the three unions. At this rate, Team GB won't qualify for the Olympics, which was the only reason to combine in the first place.

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Post by Lowlandbrit Sat Nov 05, 2022 12:34 pm

Rugby Fan wrote:At the moment, the squad isn't anywhere near a collection of the best sevens players in England, Scotland and Wales. Whether it will ever be that depends on the support of the three unions. At this rate, Team GB won't qualify for the Olympics, which was the only reason to combine in the first place.
It's a fairly inevitable consequence of the sport becoming Olympic. Should have created a separate GB 7s organisation to run things from the start.

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Post by Rugby Fan Sun Nov 06, 2022 11:28 am

Australia pulled off a famous win over Fiji in the final. Though they were champions last year, Australia have a poor record in Hong Kong, so this victory was especially sweet.


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Post by Collapse2005 Mon Nov 07, 2022 2:35 pm

Ireland really managed to blow their quarter final v Australia. 19-5 up they got a yellow with 2 minutes on the clock and conceded three converted tries. Ouch

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Post by Rugby Fan Fri Dec 02, 2022 2:06 pm

The Dubai leg is underway, in a week when World Rugby has announced some major changes to the Sevens series format in the near future. The senior series will consist of 12 teams, rather than 16, and be played over seven tournaments.

The opening day has seen a few unexpected results. GB beat South Africa, and Argentina beat NZ. New Zealand handily beat Fiji, while Australia could only draw with Kenya, and Ireland drew with Spain. While you wouldn't call any of those major upsets, they did run against the form book.




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Post by Rugby Fan Sat Dec 03, 2022 12:18 am

*Sigh* GB could only manage a draw against Kenya, so failed to get out of the pool stage. Kenya are no mugs on the circuit - they also held Australia to a draw - but GB had already done the hard work by defeating South Africa. At this rate, GB can't afford to assume they will be good enough to be in an elite competition which gets reduced to 12 teams.

Fiji also failed to progress from a group with Argentina and New Zealand.

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Post by Rugby Fan Sat Dec 03, 2022 10:48 am

GB lost to Uruguay for the second time in a row.

In Dubai, GB have now lost to Kenya and Uruguay. Both opponents can pose a decent challenge, so victories were by no means guaranteed. Howeverm it significant, because both sidess are currently below is in the rankings. If we can't be sure of regularly beating teams ranled outside the top 12, then GB will be in danger of not qualifying for the reconfigured elite sevens competition.

Meanwhile, Ireland are having another decent run. They turned over Argentina in the quarter finals, and have just pipped USA 12-7 in the semi-final.

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Post by Collapse2005 Sat Dec 03, 2022 10:50 pm

Comprehensive loss by Ireland in the final though. Still waiting for that big win.

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