IRB RUGBY SEVENS.... heading to Las Vegas, USA NEXT WEEK!
New Zealand won top honors in Wellington Saturday. The posed for the cameras with the cup... and walked the field in a victory circle doing a few impromptu Hakas:
What, you've NEVER heard of Rugby 7s? Well, until I met and married a kiwi bloke, neither did I. 7s is a shortened form of Rugby Union (eg NZ All Blacks).
7s and regular union are not to be confused with Rugby League (NZ Warriors). My bloke has been an avid Warriors supporter since that team first started.
Back to 7s: this weekend's festivities was held in Wellington, NZ. Various teams from all over the world come down to compete. There are 4 divisions to try to win the Cup (top teams), Plate, Bowl or Shield (not sure of the order). NZ plays in the top division - beating England to win the Cup. America won in their division.
All the teams will travel around the world to various venues to continue playing weekend 7s tournaments - next weekend: Las Vegas, USA baby.
NBC will be broadcasting some (all?) of the games. This is apparently a FIRST for American television. So get a costume (what?) if you dare (see what they wear in NZ - the crowd goes ALL out!) and head to the 7s in Vegas.
The other countries will have to watch out for those 7s kiwis, including rising new star Declan O'Donnell:
NZ will be the team to beat (as usual!)... Go NZ! Go USA!