VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Winger Angelo Davids two tries in the opening five minutes to lead South Africa to a 28-5 win over Kenya and the Vancouver Sevens men's title.
The pair of tries in the final were among 10 that Davids, who has also played 15-a-side Super Rugby with South Africa's Stormers, scored in six matches in the two-day sevens tournament.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — South Africa and the U.S. both went undefeated through the group stage and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Vancouver Sevens World Series tournament on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The captain of Fiji’s Olympic-champion rugby sevens team, Jerry Tuwai, says he doesn’t expect to lead the team in its attempt to win a third consecutive gold medal at the 2024 Paris Games.
TOKYO (AP) — At the Tokyo Games, athletes have taken to social media in trailblazing ways — with high-profile results. Several Olympians from niche sports introduced themselves to America through viral videos, with TikTok the preferred platform.
SYDNEY (AP) — Rugby Australia said Wednesday that three players will not be considered for selection in Saturday’s opening Bledisloe Cup test match against New Zealand after a breach of team protocol for drinking after a team-imposed curfew.
TOKYO (AP) — Little girls have been watching for decades as the boys in villages across Fiji's scattered islands endlessly honed the skills that would ultimately earn them a living by playing a game they love.
TOKYO (AP) — A roundup of gold medals from Saturday, July 31, at the Tokyo Games:
TOKYO (AP) — After five long years, Portia Woodman has finally been able to shake the mental image of herself in tears, standing under the goalposts.
It was like grief for something lost, but it's been supplanted now by memories of happiness, hugs and, of course, a haka.
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic title defense looked shaky for Australia in a group-deciding loss to the U.S. team. It was over in a surprising quarterfinal loss to Fiji.
A run of upsets on Day 2 of the women's rugby sevens competition ended with top-ranked New Zealand as the only team from the 2016 podium to reach the semifinals in Tokyo.
TOKYO (AP) — Reputations and rankings meant nothing when Fiji upset Canada and Britain raced to a 21-point lead against New Zealand on Day 1 of the Olympic women's rugby sevens competition.
The lack of international competition during the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for every team.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Emerging gingerly from their homes in a nation under curfew, Fijians cheered, sang hymns and danced in the streets Wednesday to celebrate the victory of their rugby sevens team at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO (AP) — There's only one player who can really compare the elation of winning Fiji's first Olympic gold medal with the emotions of defending the rugby sevens title.
For Jerry Tuwai, the world sevens series player of the decade and captain of Fiji, the gold medal draped around his neck after Wednesday's 27-12 win over New Zealand meant more than the celebrated prize he took home from Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
TOKYO (AP) — For rugby sevens veterans like Perry Baker, competing in the Olympics can involve a fine balance between gamesmanship and showmanship.
Gamesmanship because his U.S. team is full of talented, athletic players, has been ranked as high as No.
TOKYO (AP) — Other teams worried about a lack of competition to prepare for the Olympics. That’s not how rugby works in New Zealand.
Alan Bunting, co-coach of the New Zealand’s women’s sevens team, was more concerned about his Black Ferns getting too much.
TOKYO (AP) — Siviwe Soyizwapi and his beleaguered Blitzboks arrived at the Tokyo Olympics without their head coach, and they'll be leaving without a medal.
The South Africans won the bronze medal when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut at Rio de Janeiro five years ago, finishing behind champion Fiji and Britain.
TOKYO (AP) — Joe Webber is a good illustration of the difference between New Zealand's opening days in the Olympic rugby sevens tournaments in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. And it's not just the hair.
By his own calculations, Webber lasted one tackle before he was sidelined in 2016, when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut and highly-ranked New Zealand was upset by Japan in its opening game, eventually missing out on a medal.
TOKYO (AP) — They’ll wear their masks and keep their distance in public, until the tackling and rucking starts.
This is one sport where COVID-19 restrictions cannot separate 14 humans competing for a ball in 14-minute chunks of time, a dozen times a day.
TOKYO (AP) — Jerry Tuwai and his Fiji teammates turned up on a Monday in May ready for a five-day training camp to prepare to defend their Olympic rugby sevens title. By Friday of that week, it was clear they weren’t going to be seeing their families up close for several months.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — For six days, fit, strong Olympians hurled themselves at each other and at the try line in short, sharp bursts.
Australian gold. A sideline marriage proposal from a venue staffer to a player on the Brazilian team (she said ‘yes’).
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Famous athletes in sports like tennis and golf heading to the Tokyo Olympics will probably arrive in Japan at the front of the plane.
It’s a style to which the athletes of the Pacific Islands are unaccustomed.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rio de Janeiro gold medalist Jerry Tuwai will captain the defending champion Fiji men’s team in the rugby sevens tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.
Tuwai was a member of the Fiji team that won gold in the first-ever Olympic sevens competition in 2016.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Two-time world rugby sevens player of the year Perry Baker has recovered from a serious leg injury to earn his place in the U.S. Olympic squad announced Friday.
SYDNEY (AP) — Co-captains Shannon Parry and Sharni Williams are among five players returning to the defending champion Australia women’s rugby sevens side for the Tokyo Olympics.
Emma Tonegato, Evania Pelite and Charlotte Caslick are also returning for their second Olympics, with the major omission being renowned tryscorer Ellia Green.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks winger Caleb Clarke has missed selection in the 12-man New Zealand rugby sevens squad for the Tokyo Olympics.
Clarke was named Friday as one of three traveling reserves who will accompany the team to Tokyo but will not be eligible for a medal if he doesn’t take the field.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: The first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in rugby sevens went to the Australian women's team. The Aussies held off archrival New Zealand in the final, and Canada beat the British team for the bronze medal.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — Defending men's Olympic champion Fiji and the New Zealand women's side were both undefeated in six matches at the Oceania Sevens tournament, the last major tune-up for the leading teams heading into the Tokyo Olympics beginning next month.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand dominated the Australian women's side to hand the Rio Olympic gold medalists a 34-5 defeat at the Oceania Sevens rugby tournament on Saturday.
The New Zealand women turned back early Australian pressure and then turned its game over to a strong offensive attack, taking an early 22-0 lead.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — The defending rugby sevens Olympic gold medalists had winning starts Friday at the Oceania tournament.
Men's champions Fiji beat Australia 26-14 and the 2016 Rio gold medalists Australia defeated Fiji 31-10 on the first day of a three day tournament.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Women’s rugby sevens captain Sarah Hirini and two-time Olympic rowing gold medalist Hamish Bond will carry the New Zealand flag at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Nate Ebner won’t get to compete at the Tokyo Olympics between NFL seasons after withdrawing from contention for the U.S. rugby sevens squad because of injury.
The 32-year-old Ebner said he had surgery after playing for the New York Giants in the 2020 NFL season and hadn’t recovered in time to push for selection.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — Australia men's rugby sevens coach Tim Walsh has his squad up against some fairly strong competition in a warm-up tournament this weekend — 2016 Olympic gold medalist Fiji and perennially strong New Zealand.
MONACO (AP) — Ireland secured its place at the Tokyo Olympics with a 28-19 win over France in the men's rugby sevens qualifier final on Sunday.
France and Russia secured the remaining places in the 12-team women's tournament for the Tokyo Games with emphatic wins in the last-ditch repechage at Monaco.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ex-Wallabies center Samu Kerevi has returned from Japan to have a shot at making Australia’s rugby sevens team for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 27-year-old midfielder has been included in Australia’s team to play against Olympic champion Fiji, New Zealand and an Oceania Barbarians team in the June 25-27 Oceania Championship in Townsville, northern Queensland state.
SYDNEY (AP) — Emilee Cherry won’t be at the Tokyo Olympics to help Australia defend the gold medal it won in women's rugby sevens at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Cherry, a former women’s sevens player of the year, gave birth to a daughter in 2019 but made a return to rugby in pursuit of another Olympics.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's men's and women's rugby sevens teams both set themselves up as favorites for the Tokyo Olympics with commanding victories over Australia in weekend series.
The final of Japan’s Top League club competition on Sunday will mark the end of one of world rugby’s most distinguished and influential recent playing careers.
Japan winger Kenki Fukuoka will retire after the final between his Panasonic Wild Knights and Suntory Sungoliath, ending his playing career at its zenith to pursue a career as a doctor.