London Sevens: Reaction

(IRB.COM) Sunday 12 May 2013
 
 London Sevens: Reaction
Frankie Horne marks his 50th consecutive World Series tournament

New Zealand head coach Gordon Tietjens: "We took it one game at a time. Kenya twice was very very hard, even Australia we knew was going to be a tough one. We work really hard and you get a lot when you work hard. We have got a great team here and a lot of young players. Tim Mikkelson was simply simply outstanding. There will be no easy games in the world cup and we will go there and give it our best shot thats what keeps us going."

Dan Norton, England Sevens, season top try scorer: "It's been up and down all year, but it is nice to finish on a high. Coming out of the first few tournaments we were down the bottom, so it is nice to have finished a lot higher. The players are there to help me get over the line, they create me the space and make it a lot easier for me."

Pedrol Leal, Portugal captain on re-qualifying as a core side:
"It means the world for us, it is a dream. I am proud of the boys, but we played well and deserve to be back on the Series next season. We need to improve, for us it is difficult because some players play 15s and Sevens but it will be a big year next year."

Setefano Cakau, Fiji captain, Plate winners: "I thank the boys for their hard effort, we want to win the Cup but we couldn't make it. We learn from our mistakes but we will regroup ready for the next tournament. After this tournament we made a lot of mistakes and I know the coaches will analyze that and when we get home we will make it better for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow."

Adam Thomas, Wales captain, Bowl winners: "I am so proud, we had a bad day yesterday with two losses, but we said we'd bounce back and win the bowl today so fair play we stood up and that's what we did. We go into camp in two weeks to build up to Moscow but hopefully we'll go there flying."

Colin Gregor, Scotland captain, on qualifying as a core side: "We are delighted, we normally talk about enjoying our rugby but today that's not been possible. But we rose to the occasion and we are back on the Series. It is horrendous being down here so we need to make sure we start the season properly, so tough summer ahead of us with the World Cup and then September, October, we're flying."

Spain captain Pablo Feijoo on his side's core qualification: "It's amazing, I think that this year has been hard for us, we lost many games and tried to fight every game. Portugal are a great team. The boys did really well and thank you to all the fans, thanks for trusting us because we are going to keep fighting."

Humphrey Kayange, on Kenya's first victory against Fiji: "Great win, we haven't beaten Fiji in the Series so this was really special for us. We are now psyched up for the match with New Zealand."

Lote Raikabula, NZ Sevens, on his 100 career tries:
"It's awesome but the team work is important, they hook me up and I am just there putting the ball down. I can't remember my first but i think it might have been against the Cook Islands. I didnt think I'd score 100. It is so tough, the training is so tough, you just have to work hard keep fit and hopefully keep going."

DAY ONE REACTION

Frankie Horne, SA Sevens captain, on 50th tournament: "I am just playing for the guys. We have structures which is sometimes hard to keep up with, but you have to to keep the next generation of stars coming through."

Kyle Brown, former SA Sevens captain: "It's inspiring to have a soldier like him in the team, not just for the youngsters, but also for some of the senior guys. When times get tough and the bodies are aching he has written the handbook on how to deal with it - head down, team first and march on. He has very little sense of self-preservation at tournament time and will leave it all out there for the jersey and the men around him."

Jamie Roberts, British and Irish Lions:
"The Sevens is very special, I've never seen anything like it, I can't even hear myself think. I had the chance to play in a few tournaments in Hong Kong, Adelaide, George, but this is trumping them."

Gordon Tietjens, NZ coach, at end of day one: "We have a lot of new young players that have come into the side and they want to go the Rugby World Cup Sevens so they want to do well. Every time we wear the black jersey we don't want to lose so there is a lot of motivation to do well. We believe we can win the tournament so we want to go for it."

Mike Friday, Kenya coach: "It has been surreal, I haven't been back as a coach since 2006, it is a fantastic tournament, to be pitch side it gives you a buzz, sense of passion and England are putting on a fantastic show."

Matt Hawkins, USA sevens captain, after reaching Cup quarters
: "England is the home of Rugby, it is a very special place, especially coming from the US where not a lot of people know about Rugby, so for us to come here and play the rugby we do is great. It is a great stage for us to put on a performance."

Ben Ryan, England coach, after victory over Fiji in opening match:
"We have a plan this weekend and it is all around the basics and you have to execute against a side like Fiji. They are an excellent side but we just played very well in that first game. We are worried about our second game against Samoa, but everything will look after itself if we put in 14 minutes like that."

London Sevens

Round 9
16-17 May 2015
Venue: Twickenham
City: London
Capacity: 82,000

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
ENG39
NZL37
ARG35
WAL33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
SAM39
KEN36
CAN36
USA33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
AUS39
FIJ37
ESP35
JPN33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
FRA37
SCO35
POR33
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Photos
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: The New Zealand team perform a Haka in front of the two trophies during Th
  • New Zealand celebrate
  • Jamba Ulengo