Japan women improve to win Asian Games rugby gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's women's rugby sevens team gave itself a timely boost two years out from the Tokyo Olympics when it beat China 7-5 and won the Asian Games final for the first time on Saturday.
While Japan's men have dominated Asian sevens for years, the women have struggled to stay ahead of their regional rival.
Japan was beaten by China in the last Asian Games final four years ago, and recently lost its spot to China as a "core" team in the world sevens series.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Exhilarating, compelling, instantaneous — women's rugby sevens made its long-awaited debut at the Commonwealth Games.
Sevens is an ideal modern-day sport, each 14-minute match features back-to-back action and plenty of tries.
And the inclusion of the women's event hit a sweet spot for organizers of the Commonwealth Games, with tickets to Super Sunday — rugby's medal round — having sold out long ago for the 27,500 capacity Robina Stadium.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — As Australia's gold-medal favorites were readying to return to the Commonwealth Games village from their self-imposed training bubble, the quarantined New Zealand women's rugby seven squad was sending a mumps-affected player home.
Pakistani women take key first step in rugby sevens debut
ISLAMABAD (AP) — They won only once at the Asian Women's Rugby Sevens in Laos last weekend but for the Pakistan women it was a dream debut at an international event.
"That's a big deal that women are playing rugby," player Mehru Khan said. "And secondly, that we are getting a platform to come and perform to represent our country."
Pakistani women in memorable rugby sevens debut
They might have won only one match at the Asian Women's Rugby Sevens in Laos on the weekend, but for the Pakistan team — which formed only a year ago — it was a dream debut at an international event.
"For everyone it's a huge deal that the women are playing rugby," said Pakistan player Mehru Khan.
"First, that's a big deal that women are playing rugby. And secondly that we are getting a platform to come and perform to represent our country."
Rugby couple put respect in front and center in Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Isadora Cerullo has become a celebrity around Rio, more for what happened on the sidelines of the Olympic rugby stadium than for her performances on the pitch.
The stadium was largely empty after the women's rugby sevens tournament — the first in Olympic history — when venue manager Marjorie Enya walked onto the grass to ask Cerullo, her girl-friend, an important question: "Will you marry me?"