HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series London 2022
Following the upsets in the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event in Toulouse last weekend, which also saw the NZ Black Ferns lift the French Cup although Australia claimed the 2022 Women’s Series, the 16 teams men’s have moved on to the HSBC London Sevens 2022 at Twickenham Stadium.
68,000 tickets already have already been sold for the penultimate round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022. Fiji men lifted the Cup in Toulouse when they beat Ireland in the Irish first World Series finale appearance. There were lots of upsets in France, most notably from South Africa who have fallen behind Argentina on the leader’s log, and NZ who for the first time in many years failed to make it to the Cup quarterfinals.
Argentina enters the tournament in pole position at the top of the Series rankings for the first time ever on 118 points after seven rounds, just ahead of the South Africa Blitzbokke on 116 points, and Australia with 110 points. Argentina and SA both find themselves in Pool B (as well as Ireland) which could be crucial for the Series.
Fiji has reached the Cup final in the last three rounds, winning gold twice in Toulouse and Singapore, since their new coach Ben Gollings took over. The Fijians are also the defending champions in London having won the title the last time the event took place in 2019 and they still have a chance to win the HSBC World Series even though they missed two rounds.
- A huge crowd will welcome all 16 core teams on the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to Twickenham Stadium on 28-29 May 2022.
- With two rounds to play Argentina lead the men’s Series with 118 points, ahead of South Africa on 116 points and Australia with 110 points
World Rugby added that the “England women’s team will showcase their skills to the Twickenham Stadium crowd in practice matches as part of the programme for the HSBC London Sevens this weekend.”
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series London 2022 Pools
Fiji captain Tevita Daugunu said: “We are really looking forward to playing here in London and hopefully we can back up our performance from last weekend. All the teams are getting more competitive tournament by tournament so if you want to win you have to work really hard.”
- South Africa
Argentina’s World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Marcos Moneta said: “It feels great to be at the top of the standings for the first time, it is because of the hard work that we are putting in and it feels good to be competing with the big teams like South Africa, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and others.”
- New Zealand
Japan recorded a couple of wins on the second day in Toulouse last weekend and is pooled with England, Samoa, and Scotland in Pool D. They knocked over 28-14 and Kenya 28-12 in France.
The Japanese will hope that their MVP for the Toulouse Sevens, Timo Sufia will have another great tournament.
See the full list of fixtures for London here.
Where to watch the London Seven 2022
World Rugby says “Rugby sevens fans around the world can watch the action via live stream on World Rugby digital platforms including www.world.rugby, YouTube and Facebook in countries where there is no national broadcaster covering the event.”
Editors Note -We know of a number of people complaining across the Asian region that no national broadcaster showed the Sevens in Toulouse last week but were also geo-blocked from watching the World Rugby streaming services (us included!) We hope for better fortune this weekend.
Rugby Sevens 2022
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