Despite a 27-24 win by the All Blacks, the Australia Rugby Sevens team was in great shape for the Sydney stop on the HSBC World Sevens Series 2015-16. This is the first time that an HSBC World Sevens Series leg has been played in Sydney, with past matches having been played in Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast instead. It could not have come at a better time, with interest in Sevens Rugby at an all-time high in Australia.
International Rugby Sevens continues to be dominated by the New Zealand side, who thrashed Australia in the Sevens World Cup last year at 34-17. The Australian team were desperate to prove their worth against the All Black Sevens team on their own soil for the first time in Sydney but were defeated by a narrow margin.
The HSBC World Sevens Series is as popular as ever in Australia, and tickets sold out a month before the February 6th game. The event was played at the Allianz Stadium, which has a capacity of 45,500 people.
Rugby Sevens has been increasing in popularity with rugby fans and players alike. Both the series and the World Cup have proven to be a great area of growth for young players hoping to enter the Australia XV team. Sevens is thought to help players gain experience playing on an international level and touring.
In Rugby Sevens, there are only seven players on each side, and players benefit from a shorter game period. Just like daily rugby drill exercises such as those found on http://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby/Defensive-Patterns/Flat-Defence-Straightline.jsp, Rugby Sevens is a great way to improve your rugby skills.
Rugby Sevens Outlook
Australia have not won a Sevens Series game on their own soil for 15 years. Despite pulling out all the stops for their Sydney debut, the All Blacks still prevailed. Players to watch for in the longer term on the All Blacks Sevens side include Arude Savaea, younger brother of New Zealand Sevens hero Julian Savea, and the young Rieko Ioane.
Rugby Sevens will see yet another debut this year as it features for the first time at the Rio Olympics, with experts suggesting that some rugby players may even end up focusing more on Sevens success than World Cup success in the future.