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 Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
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'.