Wales Lose Out To Eventual Winners In Hong Kong Sevens
26 March 2002 16:17pm
Wales were narrowly defeated 19-12 by England in the IRB Hong Kong Sevens semi-finals and saw their victors go on to win the tournament, this weekend.
The England Sevens made history, winning the tournament for the first time when they beat Fiji 33-20 in the Final.
Gloucester's James Simpson-Daniel weighed in with a hat-trick and Cambridge University's Simon Amor contributed 13 points including a 50 metre solo try.
It's the first time England have won the prestigious tournament, and only the second team from the northern hemisphere to have won it after the Barbarians in 1981.
In the semi-final Fiji had slogged out a tough victory over bitter rivals New Zealand with moments of brilliance from Waisale Serevi. In the other semi-final England accounted for Wales.
The win for England means that five different countries have won tournaments in the World Sevens Series, making this year's competition the most open since it began back in 1999.
The Fijians were the hot favourites to win after sending New Zealand packing in the semi-final.
South Africa, surprise departures from the Cup, smashed Scotland in the plate final while Morocco just beat Chinese Taipei to win the bowl.
The semis of the cup saw two sets of "old enemies" in action when New Zealand met Fiji and England met Wales.
The results of the knock-out rounds on Sunday:
New Zealand vs Argentina, 24-0
Fiji vs Australia, 33-17
England vs Samoa, 19-5
Wales vs Canada 21-0
South Africa vs Papua New Guinea, 40-0
France vs Korea, 28-26
Scotland vs Portugal, 12-7
USA vs Hong Kong, 34-12
Singapore vs Japan, 19-17
Chinese Taiwan vs Russia, 10-5
Morocco vs Sri Lanka, 14-5
China vs Thailand, 38-17
Fiji vs New Zealand, 10-7
England vs Wales, 19-12
South Africa vs France, 26-5
Scotland vs USA, 14-10
Chinese Taiwan vs Singapore, 41-0
Morocco vs China, 33-5
England vs Fiji, 33-20
South Africa vs Scotland, 48-7
Morocco vs Chinese Taiwan, 15-12
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.