London Sevens: Day one reaction

(IRB.COM) Saturday 10 May 2014
 London Sevens: Day one reaction
Spain will be relegated from the HSBC Sevens World Series and replaced by Japan as a core side

A disappointed Spain captain, Angel Lopez, after being relegated as a core side: “The experience a lot of players we have taken to our homes has been amazing. But we know to be competitive you have to be full time and the training you have to do is perfect. We haven’t found a way to do that. We have the first European tournament in Lyon next week and we know we need to go to Hong Kong next year and do as well as we can with a better plan.”

Spain's Matias Tudela on Japan's challenge next season: "It's going to be really hard, good luck to them. We hope to return soon."

England captain Tom Mitchell, on beating New Zealand: “Really pleased, New Zealand have been consistently good this season and it is never an easy game. The boys did really well to come through that game. The atmosphere is hard to ignore, and it is an amazing opportunity to play in front of a home crowd like this."

DJ Forbes, NZ captain, on claiming a 12th Series title: “That was our main goal, but disappointing in front of 75,000 here to lose that last match. A few things didn’t go our way and we let England off the hook but in saying that they played some smart rugby. We have drawn the hard side of the draw now so it will be a tough road to win but the bonus is we have done the World Series. Another bonus would be to win here and top it off.” 

New Zealand's Tomasi Cama on becoming the second man in history to score 2000 HSBC Sevens World Series points: "It's a privilege to achieve that. I've been off for a while doing a lot of rehab with my injury, I'm so happy to be out with the boys, and to play in a stadium like this is an honour."

Portugal captain Pedro Leal on maintaining core team status, and scoring his 1000th Series point: “It was important for us, but we have to be better for next season. This year Portugal put a lot into qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2015, but hopefully next season we will put everything into Sevens and the best players can be here because this is the best thing in the world. To have experiences like this it is what we need, and play more games of this quality."

“For me I knew (about scoring 1000 points) but it doesn’t matter, because we lost. I prefer to win when I score points. We played badly today and we need to do better tomorrow.”

Viliamu Punivalu, an emotional Samoa coach on reaching the Cup quarter finals: “It was a shocking result last week, we just didn’t click. It is amazing how we can put this together in one week, we just looked at the micro stuff and the mindset which seemed to work. Day one is over for us we now just need to have a regroup and await New Zealand or Fiji.”

Canada coach Geraint John: "Game one [against Samoa] was really disappointing, as was the first half against USA. Our goal is to get to the top four as everyone talks about the fourth Olympic spot [the top-four teams in next year's tournament qualify automatically for the Rio 2016 Games] and there's a huge rivalry between us and the USA."

London Sevens

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

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
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