Hertz Wellington NZ Sevens 2013 – Draw & Results
The 2013 Hertz Wellington Sevens tournament involves 16 international teams competing in New Zealand for points towards the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series. Westpac Stadium in Wellington is battleground for the Hertz 7s 2013.
The tournament has become Wellington's largest sporting event. The Wellington Sevens has a reputation as being one of the biggest parties on the circuit, with a large proportion of attendees choosing to wear fancy dress costumes.
A pre tournament parade throughout the streets of Wellington kicks things off and a wild party atmosphere gets the whole town rocking over the course of the weekend.
Pools for Hertz Wellington 7s
IRB pool draw for round four of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Hertz Sevens in Wellington, New Zealand on 1-2 February 2013:
|POOL A||POOL B||POOL C||POOL D|
|New Zealand (NZL)||France (FRA)||South Africa (RSA)||Portugal (POR)|
|United States (USA)||Argentina (ARG)||Wales (WAL)||Fiji (FIJ)|
|England (ENG)||Kenya (KEN)||Samoa (SAM)||Australia (AUS)|
|Spain (ESP)||Tonga (TON)||Canada (CAN)||Scotland (SCO)|
As winners in South Africa, Wellington hosts New Zealand head Pool A and will face USA, England and Spain on day one. Port Elizabeth runners-up France, who are now second in the World Series, head Pool B in New Zealand and face matches against Argentina, Kenya and regional qualifiers Tonga.
South Africa head Pool C and were drawn against Wales, Samoa and Canada. Port Elizabeth surprise package and pool-toppers Portugal were drawn head of Pool D and face three tough matches against Fiji, Australia and Scotland.
Draw & Results for Hertz Wellington 7s
DAY ONE - Friday, February 1, 2013
|1||01 Feb 2013||13:00||France v Kenya||Pool B|
|2||01 Feb 2013||13:22||Argentina v Tonga||Pool B|
|3||01 Feb 2013||13:44||South Africa v Samoa||Pool C|
|4||01 Feb 2013||14:06||Wales v Canada||Pool C|
|5||01 Feb 2013||14:28||Portugal v Australia||Pool D|
|6||01 Feb 2013||14:50||Fiji v Scotland||Pool D|
|7||01 Feb 2013||15:12||New Zealand v England||Pool A|
|8||01 Feb 2013||15:34||United States v Spain||Pool A|
|9||01 Feb 2013||15:56||France v Tonga||Pool B|
|10||01 Feb 2013||16:18||Argentina v Kenya||Pool B|
|11||01 Feb 2013||16:40||South Africa v Canada||Pool C|
|12||01 Feb 2013||17:02||Wales v Samoa||Pool C|
|13||01 Feb 2013||17:24||Portugal v Scotland||Pool D|
|14||01 Feb 2013||17:46||Fiji v Australia||Pool D|
|15||01 Feb 2013||18:08||New Zealand v Spain||Pool A|
|16||01 Feb 2013||18:30||United States v England||Pool A|
|17||01 Feb 2013||18:52||Kenya v Tonga||Pool B|
|18||01 Feb 2013||19:14||Samoa v Canada||Pool C|
|19||01 Feb 2013||19:36||France v Argentina||Pool B|
|20||01 Feb 2013||20:28||Australia v Scotland||Pool D|
|21||01 Feb 2013||20:50||England v Spain||Pool A|
|22||01 Feb 2013||21:12||South Africa v Wales||Pool C|
|23||01 Feb 2013||21:34||Portugal v Fiji||Pool D|
|24||01 Feb 2013||21:56||New Zealand v United States||Pool A|
DAY TWO - Saturday, February 2, 2013
|25||02 Feb 2013||13:00||3rd Pool A v 4th Pool D||QF Bowl|
|26||02 Feb 2013||13:22||3rd Pool C v 4th Pool B||QF Bowl|
|27||02 Feb 2013||13:44||3rd Pool D v 4th Pool A||QF Bowl|
|28||02 Feb 2013||14:06||3rd Pool B v 4th Pool C||QF Bowl|
|29||02 Feb 2013||14:33||1st Pool A v 2nd Pool D||QF Cup|
|30||02 Feb 2013||14:55||1st Pool C v 2nd Pool B||QF Cup|
|31||02 Feb 2013||15:17||1st Pool D v 2nd Pool A||QF Cup|
|32||02 Feb 2013||15:39||1st Pool B v 2nd Pool C||QF Cup|
|33||02 Feb 2013||16:10||Loser Game 25 v Loser Game 26||SF Shield|
|34||02 Feb 2013||16:32||Loser Game 27 v Loser Game 28||SF Shield|
|35||02 Feb 2013||16:54||Winner Game 25 v Winner Game 26||SF Bowl|
|36||02 Feb 2013||17:16||Winner Game 27 v Winner Game 28||SF Bowl|
|37||02 Feb 2013||17:38||Loser Game 29 v Loser Game 30||SF Plate|
|38||02 Feb 2013||18:00||Loser Game 31 v Loser Game 32||SF Plate|
|39||02 Feb 2013||18:35||Winner Game 29 v Winner Game 30||SF Cup|
|40||02 Feb 2013||19:00||Winner Game 31 v Winner Game 32||SF Cup|
|41||02 Feb 2013||19:30||Winner Game 33 v Winner Game 34||Final Shield|
|42||02 Feb 2013||20:00||Winner Game 35 v Winner Game 36||Final Bowl|
|43||02 Feb 2013||20:30||Winner Game 37 v Winner Game 38||Final Plate|
|44||02 Feb 2013||21:00||Loser Game 39 v Loser Game 40||Third Place|
|45||02 Feb 2013||21:30||Winner Game 39 v Winner Game 40||Final Cup|
Play on the first day of the tournament will consist of matches between teams in the same pool on a round robin basis. No extra time will be played in pool matches. Points will be awarded for these matches on the following basis:
- Win = 3 points
- Draw = 2 points
- Loss = 1 points
- No show = 0 points
All teams will be entitled to have the following squads in attendance at Series Tournaments:
- up to 12 players;
- up to 2 management;
Teams are also entitled to also bring a properly certified doctor or physiotherapist.
National Squads for Hertz Wellington 7s (Not Complete)
DJ Forbes (capt)
Coach: Gordon Tietjens
Won: 550 (86.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 93-0 v BAHAMAS, Commonwealth Games 1998
Ranking last season: 1st
Notes: Under legendary sevens coach Gordon Tietjens and captain DJ Forbes, New Zealand achieved their tenth World Series title in 2011/2012, and will be looking to make it 11 this time around. The team continued their impressive run in South Africa recently, securing their fourth title in as many years at the tournament. The win places the side in a comfortable first place on the Series leader board, clear of France and Fiji. New Zealand have won the last two Hertz Sevens tournaments in the Capital, and will be looking for that home advantage to get them over the line in February.
Having started the season with a squad that was, in his own words, 'under-done', New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens was delighted to finish runners-up on the Gold Coast. Losing to Samoa in the Dubai final with a more seasoned squad will have irked him, but the fact that they put things right straight away in PE is testament to their standards and durability. Consistency wins you the World Series - that and a good start - and once again the kiwis have enjoyed both. The home support and expectation in Wellington is a double-edged sword, but they've wielded it to good effect in recent years.
Matt Hawkins (c)
Coach: Alex Magleby
Won: 143 (36.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 62 - 0 v THAILAND, Hong Kong 2010
Ranking last season: 11th
Notes: USA produced a superb performance at the Hertz Sevens in 2011, picking up the Shield by beating France 19-12 in their final. In 2012 they made the Shield Semi – Final, but were recently beaten in the plate Semi-Final, in the South African round of the Series. The close competition presented by Scotland and Canada in previous tournaments ensures USA will be keen to pick up a winners’ medal over either or both of these sides when they meet in Wellington.
The USA may not have started the season too well, but they might just have turned a corner in sneaking through to a Cup quarter final in South Africa last time out. Sprinter Carlin Isles is grabbing the headlines with his frightening pace, but it's proven players like Zack Test, Colin Hawley, Shalom Suniula, Luke Hume and the captain Mat Hawkins who can really start to drag Alex Magleby's experienced side out of trouble.
Coach: Frederic Pomareli
Won: 252 (44.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 63 - 12 v CHINESE TAIPEI, Hong Kong 2010
Final ranking last season: 9th
Notes: France will be looking for a repeat of their most recent Cup Final appearance in South Africa and will take plenty out of their 47-12 loss to New Zealand as they eye a first place finish in 2013. New Zealand’s closest rivals in the Series standings, France have 46 points so far.
Arguably the big surprise so far this season - twice Cup semi-finalists already and ranked second in the Series following their runners-up slot in PE. The French have based their new-found focus and hunger on a dogged defence and coach Frederic Pomarel has probably hit all of his season's targets already, so where to from here? They need their little playmaker Terry Bouhraoua at his best and their flyers back outside but most of all they need to continue to walk the line drawn out by their magnificent warrior captain, Vincent Deniau.
Coach: Alifereti Dere
Won: 480 (76.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 82-7 v Thailand, Hong Kong 2010
Final ranking last season: 2nd
Notes: The second most successful side at this tournament, with three Wellington titles to their record, Fiji are always firing and dangerous with ball in hand. Their flair for the game of sevens is undeniable, making them a crowd favourite as they create opportunities from nothing and can beat anyone on their day. Fiji boast the second highest point scorer in the current Series - Joji Baleviani Raqamate (115 points) - and are currently third on the overall standings.
After hitting the high notes to defend their Cup title on the Gold Coast, Fiji have suffered a slight dip in form but currently still lie in third place, 16 behind New Zealand. On the downside, that is a lot already to make up on such a consistent team. On a positive note, coach Alifereti Dere has blooded no fewer than 14 new players already this season and will be hoping he can welcome back Ratu Raitini or another flyer in Wellington to lessen the creative and scoring burden that has fallen on the shoulders of Joji Raqamate in his absence. Levani Botia led them superbly on the Gold Coast but Setefano Cakau is the man in charge on the pitch.
Frankie Horne (captain)
Coach: Paul Treu
Won: 453 (72.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 84-0 MALAYSIA, Tokyo 2000
Final ranking last season: 5th
Notes: South Africa have won the Cup only once at the Hertz Sevens back in 2002 and they will be eager to upset the hosts in Wellington this February, after New Zealand took out their tournament in Port Elizabeth most recently. Currently fourth on the leader board behind New Zealand, France and Fiji, the side successfully clinched third place with an impressive 35-0 win at home over the Argentinean side.
While his standards are sky-high, South Africa coach Paul Treu will also look back on the first three rounds with quiet satisfaction. Third in the Gold Coast, his side was injury-hit and mis-fired in Dubai but bounced back with gusto on home soil, where they might well have beaten eventual champions NZ on the odd bounce of a ball. Nineteen points is a lot to make up on the leaders in the six remaining rounds, and with captain Kyle Brown, Branco du Preez and Cecil Afrika out a lot will be asked of Frankie Horne and Chris Dry to carry on where they left off in PE.
Coach: Mike Friday
Won: 193 (43.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 59 - 0 v SINGAPORE, Singapore 2005
Final ranking last season: 12th
Notes: Kenya love coming to Wellington, and the Wellington crowd love Kenya! Their win over Australia in the Bowl Final last year cemented their status as a crowd favourite, and the side will undoubtedly look to produce the same exciting play this time around. The results produced by the side so far in this series are promising, sitting sixth in the current standings after making the third place play-off in Australia earlier in the Series, and following a narrow loss to Australia in the Bowl Semi-Final in South Africa recently.
Kenya coach Mike Friday is working with some of the most powerful yet elegant athletes in the Sevens game and alongside France they rate as the biggest surprise of the season so far. Almost certainly already safe of the relegation dog fight in London and that will have been priority number one in this toughest of seasons. Collins Injera's return should help them reach the heights of early in the season but overall they have become more consistent with emphasis on shape of game, fitness and excellence in defence.
Coach: Frederico Sousa
Won: 111 (36.00%)
Debut: Series 2 - Dubai
Highest Score: 50 - 0 v THAILAND, Hong Kong 2010
Final ranking last season: 15th
Notes: Of the three new core teams, Portugal will probably be the happier of the three, having bounced back superbly from losing all five of their games in Australia to reach the last eight of the Cup in both Dubai and South Africa. Pedro Leal is a player of genuine class and watch how tirelessly they work for each other. Then remember they're all amateurs with jobs, businesses to run or finals exams to sit.
Portugal will be looking to gain some valuable experience against the best in business when they embark on the Hertz Sevens in 2013. The side progressed to the Plate Semi-Final in South Africa recently, and will be much better for their experiences so far in the Series.
Jerome De la Fuente
Hannibal Panceyra Garrido
Facundo Panceyra Garrido
Coach: Andrés Romagnoli
Won: 324 (55.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Stellenbosch
Highest Score: 73-7 v UAE, Dubai 2011
Final ranking last season: 7th
Notes: The entertaining and passionate Argentineans will be back at the Hertz Sevens in 2013, and will look to improve on their most recent performance in Port Elizabeth which saw the side comprehensively beaten by tournament host nation, South Africa, in the third place play-off.
Argentina will be pleased with the way things have gone so far. A second tier Plate trophy and a fourth-placed finish overall in PE will have pleased coach Andres Romagnoli but he's perhaps one real pace man short of proper Cup contention. Always difficult to beat though.
Coach: Paul John
Won: 230 (54.00%)
Debut: Series 2 - Dubai
Highest Score: 72 - 0 v SWAZILAND, Commonwealth Games 1998
Final ranking last season: 8th
Notes: Current IRB Sevens Rugby World Cup Champions, Wales will be looking to defend their World Cup title when it is up for grabs in 2013 in Russia but, before that, they have an HSBC Sevens World Series to compete in. After a disappointing exit from the Hertz Sevens in 2012 in the bowl semi-final, Wales will be looking to come out stronger this time around, and capitalise on the explosive, young talent within the side.
Wales coach Paul John will be pleased with the way things have gone so far. Say it quietly but he is also building a genuine core and consistency among his players in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup Sevens, just as he did when they stormed to the World Cup title back in 2009. Perhaps they lack quite the same top quality players out wide now, but in the forwards and at playmaker they are blessed with real quality, as two successive second-tier Plate trophies prove. Well clear of the teams beneath them in the standings.
Rob Vickerman (captain)
Coach: Ben Ryan
Won: 383 (67.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Hong Kong
Highest Score: 75 - 0 v SRI LANKA, Dubai 2003
Ranking last season: 3rd
Notes: England will return to New Zealand next year in 13th place on the HSBC Sevens World Series Standings, having been defeated in the Bowl Semi – Final in South Africa by the Samoan side. The team won in Wellington in 2009, with a heart-stopping final and last minute try giving the English a 19-17 win over hosts New Zealand. Producing players like Ben Gollings, who is the all-time points leader on 2652 points in over a decade on the international stage, England have, and will, continue to shine on the sevens stage for years to come.
England have battled with injuries to key players all season, but their coach Ben Ryan will be demanding much more of his squad in general in the new year. Third overall last season, England currently lie thirteenth and if the relegation play-off were to happen tomorrow, England would be in it. Marcus Watson's emergence as a player of genuine match-winning ability was a major plus across the last two rounds but they will welcome back Mat Turner with open arms and hope he can turn things around. Chris Cracknell will miss slightly more of the season and is arguably an even bigger loss for the weight and physical edge he and he alone brings to their side. They won in Wellington in 2009 and, with the likes of Dan Norton eager to impress, desperately need to get back that winning feeling.
Coach: Faamoni Lalomilo
Won: 404 (66.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 85 - 0 v TRINIDAD TOBAGO, Commonwealth Games 1998
Final ranking last season: 4th
Notes: Despite losing in Wellington to arch-rivals Fiji in 2010, the small Pacific nation went on to clinch their first World Series title in 2009/2010, proving they can foot it with the big boys. Samoa were, however, Cup winners in Wellington in 2007 in their only ever Hertz Sevens title, and recently took out the Dubai round of the current World Series, beating New Zealand 26-15 in the final. Having competed for the World Series since it began in Dubai in 1999, Wellington will be their 113th tournament.
Samoa delighted their fans at home and abroad in winning the Dubai title for the first time, but their form and fortunes either side of that success have been unsettled. Make no mistake, new coach Faamoni Lalomilo is building the nucleus of a new side, shorn of the likes of Ofisa Treviranus, Alafoti Faosiliva, Simaika Mikaele, Uale Mai and Lolo Lui, and he is making a very good fist of it. Two Cup quarter finals out of three and one Cup title isn't bad at all, but they did struggle in South Africa without their go-to guy, Paul Perez.
Coach: Michael O'Connor
Won: 377 (62%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 73 - 0 v SRI LANKA, Commonwealth Games 2006
Final ranking last season: 6th
Notes: The Australian side recently took out the Bowl Final in South Africa, following a 26-14 win over Samoa. Australia's only tournament win in Wellington was back in 2001, and the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games silver medalists will have plenty of work to do in order to improve their current Series standing of tenth.
Of the major rugby unions nearer the bottom of the table than the top, Australia coach Michael O'Connor may be the one closest to being satisfied, having seen a younger-than-ever side respond magnificently in a hostile atmosphere in South Africa and cap a fighting display with an assured win against the Cup champions of the week before, Samoa. O'Connor may not be able to recall his captain Ed Jenkins, but with Jesse Parahi, Shannon Walker, Allan Fa'alava'au and Lewis Holland all back his options are much better for the short hop over the Tasman.
Coach: Ignacio 'Tiki' Inchausti
Won: 38 (32.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Punta del Este
Highest Score: 38 - 0 v ZIMBABWE, London 2007
Final ranking last season: 14th
Notes: Spain are set to debut at the Hertz Sevens in Wellington, having posted some impressive results in the series so far, recently winning the Shield Final in South Africa with a 33-0 win over Zimbabwe. This side will, without a doubt, be looking to make their mark on the Wellington tournament in 2013.
Spain got their season off to a cracking start, beating England to win the Bowl in the Gold Coast, but since then their results have dipped slightly. They're still playing great Sevens, and Pedro Martin is the top try-scorer this season so far, but they're no longer taking sides by surprise so Ignacio Inchausti will be working his side even harder in the build-up to Wellington.
Kilifi Latu (Captain)
Coach: Etuate Waqa
Won: 91 (45%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 56-5 v Hong Kong, Hong Kong WS IX
Final ranking last season: 16th
Notes: Tonga have successfully progressed to the finals stage of the past four Wellington tournaments, only to be beaten in all four matches. The side will undoubtedly be looking to go one better than their Plate Final loss to South Africa in last year's tournament and claim that elusive win this February 1-2 2013.
The Tongans are the regional qualifiers in Wellington and the only non-core team in the draw, but nobody will relish playing them. On their only run-out so far this season, in the Gold Coast, they beat Scotland in their pool before losing to Spain and USA on day two. However, their coach Etuate Waqa - formerly Fiji's assistant coach - has had longer with them now to work his magic.
Thyssen de Goede
Coach: Geraint John
Won: 228 (43.00%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 78 - 7 v MEXICO, LA 2006
Final ranking last season: 13th
Notes: The Canadian side bowed out in the Shield Semi-Final in South Africa recently, but will be looking to channel some of their previous results from the Wellington leg of the tournament when they return in 2013. The side made the Plate and Shield Semi-Finals in 2010 and 2011 respectively, and lost narrowly to South Africa in the Plate Semi Final in 2012. Their women’s side claimed the first IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup in Dubai in 2011, and this type of achievement for an Ice-Hockey mad nation will only give the game of Sevens greater recognition and resources.
Canada have performed admirably well so far, as they must do if they are to avoid the relegation dog fight in London at the end of the season. Geraint John's Canadians currently sit above both England and Scotland in the standings and only a point behind Australia, and will probably count themselves a bit unfortunate too. Outstanding in Dubai and the tournament's top try-scorers, they had almost as many players injured and in trainers as they did booted up and ready to play in South Africa, and the results showed it. Taylor Paris is back now, so too Conor Trainor to add to the brilliant half back pair of Phil Mack and Nathan Hirayama. They've also been well led by Nanyak Dala.
Coach: Phil Greening
Won: 190 (42%)
Debut: Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 82 - 0 v SINGAPORE, Hong Kong 2006
Final ranking last season: 10th
Notes: Scotland unleashed an emphatic win in the Australian leg of the World Sevens Series earlier this year, beating the USA 40 points to five to claim the Shield Final, and running in six tries in the process. Although they will be disappointed with their recent Shield Semi-Final loss in South Africa, the side will be looking to remedy this in Wellington in 2013. The originators of rugby sevens, Scotland have participated in 85 tournaments to date.
Scotland coach Phil Greening is under no illusions as to the task ahead if his men are not to find themselves in that relegation battle at the season's end. Michael Fedo has been a giant plus, captain Colin Gregor and Andy Turnbull continue to ask questions of the opposition and Greening will have taken solace from that fine win against Fiji in South Africa, but the Scots will need to show far greater consistency if they are to climb above the likes of Spain, USA and Canada.[/wpspoiler]
Points earned during Pool Play in Hertz Wellington 7s
HSBC Sevens World Series Standings 2013
After three of the nine rounds in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, defending champions New Zealand lead the standings on 60 points, ahead of France (46), Gold Coast champions Fiji (44), South Africa (41) and Dubai champions, Samoa (39).
Watch Hertz Wellington 7s on TV - Full list of TV broadcast networks
|Country / Region||Broadcaster||Broadcast Notes|
|American Samoa||PCS||All matches 1-44 LIVE|
|Australia||Fox Australia||Live All day 2|
|Brazil||Band Sport||Matches 39-44|
|Canada||Setanta||Matches 39-44 plus half hour highlights|
|Cook Islands||Cook Islands TV||All matches 1-44 LIVE|
|Croatia||CRU||26 mins highlights tape|
|Fiji||Fiji TV||All matches 1-44 LIVE|
|France||Eurosport France||Live matches 39-44|
|Hong Kong + China||TVB||26 mins highlights tape|
|In-flight||Cathay||Wellington Rugby 7s 2011 – 26 min highlights|
|In-flight||Air New Zealand||Wellington Rugby 7s 2011 – 26 min highlights|
|In-flight||BA||Wellington Rugby 7s 2011 – 26 min highlights|
|In-flight||Emirates/Sri Lanka||Wellington Rugby 7s 2011 – 26 min highlights|
|Israel||Ananey||26 mins highlights tape|
|Italy||Dahlia||In negotiation for the 26 mins highlights show|
|Japan||J Sport||26 mins highlights tape|
|Latin America||ESPN Sur||All Argentinean matches plus 39-44 + 26 mins highlights tape|
|Mexico||PCTV||In negotiation TBC|
|Middle East||Dubai Sports Channel||Matches 39-44 delayed on DSCH2. (Terrestrial and Satellite channel)|
|Middle East||Showtime||Matches 39-44 delayed live|
|New Zealand||Sky NZ||18 hours live from Match 1 to 44 over the 2 days|
|New Zealand||TV NZ||18 hours live from Match 1 to 44 over the 2 days|
|Niue||Niue Broadcasting||All matches 1-44 LIVE|
|Pan Asia||STAR TV||26 mins highlights tape|
|Pan Europe||Eurosport||Matches 39-44 live excluding the UK and Portugal|
|Papua New Guinea||PNG||All matches 1-44 LIVE|
|Portugal||Sport TV||Live Matches 21-24 and matches 41-44|
|Republic of Ireland||Setanta||Matches 39-44 plus half hour highlights|
|Russia||Sport TV||26 mins highlights|
|Samoa||Samoa Broadcasting Corportation||All matches 1-44 LIVE|
|Solomon Islands||Solomon Broadcasting||All matches 1-44 LIVE|
|South Africa and Pan Africa||MNET + Supersport||18 hours live from Match 1 to 44 over the 2 days plus 26 mins highlights programme|
|Tonga||Digicel||All matches 1-44 LIVE|
|UK||Sky News||3 mins news – 5th Feb 2013|
|UK||Sky Sports||Live on Skysports 2 Matches 39-44, then producing a 2 hour highlights on Sunday evening|
|UK||News 24||3-5 mins news – 5th Feb 2013|
|USA||NBC Universal||Matches 29-44 Live|
|Wales||S4C||26 mins highlights tape|
|Worldwide||Transworld Sport||3-5 mins news –5th Feb 2013|
|Worldwide||BBC Worldwide||3-5 mins news – 5th Feb 2013|
|Worldwide||Reuters||3-5 mins news – 5th Feb 2013|
|Worldwide||SNTV||3 mins news – 5th Feb 2013|
|Worldwide||EBU||3 mins news – 5th Feb 2013|
Hertz Wellington 7s - Weather Update
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Hertz Wellington 7s 2013 - Background Information & Articles
In the News and On the Web
OVERCOMING THE ODDS AT WELLINGTON SEVENS
The Fiji Times - Jan 28, 2013
Timoci Wainiqolo's second attempt as national sevens team coach is expected to be a lot tougher in Wellington compared to Gold Coast.
But if he does win, as the whole of Fiji expects him to, it would be poetic justice because the two countries are not allowing players with connection to the military to come over and play, preventing us from sending our best teams.
Winning would be like rubbing salt to the wound because they would be losing to a lesser team.
On the other hand, it is a blessing in disguise as it gives assistant coach Wainiqolo as well as a wide selection of players to get a chance to prove themselves.
Let's face it, the competition will have gone two notches up since last October in the fitness and well-preparedness of teams and combinations.
Another factor is that he is without two key players in that team.
ALL BLACKS SEVENS SQUAD STRONG FOR WELLINGTON
TVNZ One News - Jan 25, 2013
The All Blacks Sevens squad has been named for next weekend's Wellington Sevens with the final 12 to be named on Monday.
Counties Mankau flyer Sherwin Stowers played no part in the Port Elizabeth tournament in December because of a hamstring injury but has been included in Gordon Tietjens15-man squad.
Stowers pace will be a vital ingredient as World Series leading New Zealand look to win their third successive home title.
DJ Forbes will again captain the team with experienced lieutenants Tomasi Cama and Lote Raikabula ably by his side.
FIJI TO NAME BEST AVAILABLE PLAYERS FOR WELLINGTON 7s
The Fiji Times - Jan 25, 2013
While not revealing much on the Digicel Fiji 7s team naming for the Wellington 7s today, assistant coach Timoci Wainiqolo said they would name the best available players for the next two tournaments.
Experienced Setefano Cakau, Ulaiasi Lawavou, Manueli Laqai, Nemani Nagusa, Ilai Tinai, Joji Ragamate and Samisoni Viriviri are expected to be retained.
Benito Eremasi, Jasa Veremalua, Jone Vota, Josua Tuisova and Manasa Nayagi are the newcomers highly tipped to break into the 12-member national team.
3 REASONS WHY ENGLAND WILL GET BACK ON TRACK IN WELLINGTON
At The Sevens - Jan 21, 2013
The top try scorer from last season broke his leg at the Australian Sevens in November in a horror day where team mate Tom Mitchell also broke his leg and star forward Chris Cracknell suffered a bad leg injury after only just coming back from knee surgery.
Turner is the most complete player on the World Sevens Series and England aren’t the same without him.
Key forward Chris Cracknell and experienced outside Ollie Phillips are out with injury but England have Christian Lewis-Pratt and Turner back – and that should be sufficient to make the Quarter Finals (and possibly further).
LIMITED TICKET RELEASE ON SALE NOW
Hertz 7's - Jan 21, 2013
The Hertz Sevens have released an extra 500 tickets to the two day tournament which are now on sale through Ticketek. With less than two weeks until the tournament kicks off, a bulk of corporate returns have been made available to the public.
Hertz Sevens General Manager Steve Walters explains, “Every year we hold a set number of tickets for commercial partners, travel and hospitality and our tournament obligations.
"Now we have managed to confirm numbers there, we are able to offer 500 to the public which is great news for sevens fans. It’s not too late to get a costume ready either!”
Tickets to the event sold out within minutes in November and now those fans that missed out get another chance.
TWO OF FIJI SEVENS TEAM BARRED FROM NZ
Stuff.co.nz - Jan 21, 2013
Two members of the Fiji Sevens squad have been told they cannot enter New Zealand for next week’s Wellington Sevens.
Both Mosese Saunivanua and Emosi Mulevoro are serving officers in the Fiji Military Forces.
Since military commander Voreqe Bainimarama staged a coup in 2006, New Zealand has refused to let members of the military and their families into the country.
Fiji media reported that the two were dropped from the side because of the sanctions.
WELLINGTON GEARS UP FOR HERTZ RUGBY SEVENS 2013
KiwiRail Scenic Journeys - Jan 2013
Wellington city is already beginning to buzz with anticipation as it gears up for one of the most popular sporting events of the entire year - the Hertz Rugby Sevens!
Rugby Sevens is a variation of New Zealand's national sport, Rugby Union, in which teams are reduced to seven men a piece (hence the name) and games are less than 20 minutes long!
That means fans are treated to a non-stop thrill ride of action and excitement, with more than 20 games played each day!
Costumes are popular, with ticket holders often choosing to dress up in elaborate outfits. The result is a party atmosphere unlike anything else in the world, and it's well worth attending if you are in town.
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