Welcome back to Moscow! There is just one day to go to the start of the opening day of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013! Today is the final day of training for the men's teams who begin tomorrow, while the women's teams have two full days of training action before they begin on Saturday. Follow us live here all day as we bring you the best of the news from around the teams and the training grounds!
Final part behind the scenes with @irfurugby women's 7s team - http://t.co/2e2QjtdFIt @jennymurphy045 @nikkicaughey92 @BaxterAshleigh— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 27/06/2013 15:38
@BSMULAVI @ayumbayodi its warm here about 30 degrees. Boys relaxed and in good spirits waiting for tomorrow.— Mike Friday (@Mike Friday) 27/06/2013 15:23
@VA_rugby meets @AUSWomens7s @RebeccaTavo @CheechBarker and @aimzturner http://t.co/MAFqbb2C2h— Rugby Union Russia (@Rugby Union Russia) 27/06/2013 15:23
RT @WelshRugbyUnion: Here's our earlier interview with Wales 7s captain @timmytant1 http://t.co/ZDvw1J19l2 #RWC7s— kerry williams (@kerry williams) 27/06/2013 15:10
Stadium walk through today!! World Cup starts tomorrow... Time to show up, let's get it #RWC7s… http://t.co/KQgxMU1U2V— Brett Thompson (@Brett Thompson) 27/06/2013 14:41
Below is a tweet from Russian player Denis Simplikevich
It's a picture of his daughter and the words: "Daddy, I believe in you ..."
RT @simplikevichv: Анита любит папочку) и верит в успех его и нашей сборной ) http://t.co/4sbhKVNiHt— Russian Rugby (@Russian Rugby) 27/06/2013 14:31
Hottest day in Russia in 100 years, they must've known I was coming #boiledlobster #RWC7s— Huw Stark (@Huw Stark) 27/06/2013 14:31
RT @IRBSevens: Time to look at the pools. Which 8 sides do you think will qualify for the qfs in Moscow? Use #RWC7s and let us know http://…— Agustín Vergara (@Agustín Vergara) 27/06/2013 14:28
RT @IRBSevens: FINAL SQUADS for #RWC7s now announced! Some interesting players selected, find out who here: http://t.co/ySbW14JR7V— Ben Ryan - England7s (@Ben Ryan - England7s) 27/06/2013 14:27
Stephen Gemmell, Scotland Men's coach, on the team's preparations:
“The week here in Moscow has gone really well and our accuracy and intensity has lifted everyday as we approach tomorrow’s opening match v Japan.
“We’re ready to go and are in a good place. The players know what they need to do. They know the calls, they know the passages of play and they know how they’re capable of performing.
“All that is left to do is go out there at 7.36pm (local time) tomorrow and apply ourselves.”
RT @irbwomens: Great shot of Canada's @HeatherMoyse in a training game v Spain today! #RWC7s http://t.co/dzcYikPyiA— Guardian Sports (@Guardian Sports) 27/06/2013 14:17
Our #MissionMoscow photo-album for the #BlitzBokke is growing nicely. Have you had a squizz? >> http://t.co/Ml5mwGjAuz #RWC7s— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 27/06/2013 14:18
Earlier we showed you part 1 behind the scenes with @irfurugby women's sevens team. Here's part 2 - http://t.co/EFEsiklv2U— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 27/06/2013 13:46
Put a face to a name! Here are the commentators taking part at #RWC7s in Moscow...
Today touch rugby @ferugby vs @RugbyCanada Enjoying playing&great to have some feeling against a strong squad #RWC7s http://t.co/owQFaTtQjg— Maria Ribera Garcia (@Maria Ribera Garcia) 27/06/2013 13:19
FINAL SQUADS for #RWC7s now announced! Some interesting players selected, find out who here: http://t.co/ySbW14JR7V— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 27/06/2013 13:14
Uruguay in training ahead of #RWC7s in a hot and humid Moscow. 34 degrees! http://t.co/MlUxs9nlTL— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 27/06/2013 12:56
Fantastic spirit between the teams here at the Luzhniki stadium as Brazil and Japan train together...
Kyle Brown, returning from injury to captain South Africa: "It is very impressive here, it is an incredible setting. It's been frustrating watching the team this season. I spent so much time on my couch screaming at the team, but I am hoping I can join the team and add a bit of value to it. It is going to be a physical tournament, but it is more about the mental strength to be able to perform on demand, three days in a row."
What are your thoughts on Moscow so far? Here's what Magali Harvey thinks...
Loving Moscow. Nice weather, good food, well surrounded and an amazing weekend up ahead. #RWC7s— Magali Harvey (@Magali Harvey) 27/06/2013 12:09
We caught up with USA star Carlin Isles...
Carlin Isles, USA: "Moscow is great, and I feel very happy and am very excited to get out onto the pitch at the Olympic Stadium and show what I, and what we as a team, can do. I can't wait,"
Final practice completed followed by a stadium visit - very impressive @RugbyCanada http://t.co/wm91HD4n9G— Geraint John (@Geraint John) 27/06/2013 11:46
A lot of the men's teams are taking some time today to visit the Luzhniki stadium ahead of tomorrow's action.
All looking good. Stadium doesn't look too bad either... #RWC7s http://t.co/2Fnsm5SDf0— Cameron Clark (@Cameron Clark) 27/06/2013 11:40
Time to look at the pools. Which 8 sides do you think will qualify for the qfs in Moscow? Use #RWC7s and let us know http://t.co/sT0HwGxWCW— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 27/06/2013 11:27
Final preperation for Alexander Yanyuskin the captain of the Men's Russian team, as he does some final kicking practice...
Last training and stadium visit today. Rugby 7s World Cup kicks off tomorrow. #Moscow #RWC7s http://t.co/TgWkKANQmk— Nate Hirayama (@Nate Hirayama) 27/06/2013 11:37
Game field! Amazing backdrop. @usarugby @usawomens7s @irbsevens #rwc7s #wrugby http://t.co/8TlhRKNlV7— Nathalie Marchino (@Nathalie Marchino) 27/06/2013 11:21
A little clip of Spain and Canada training together this morning at #RWC7s https://t.co/Ajm5dd2jI7 #wrugby— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 27/06/2013 11:08
Gemmell says: "Scotland 7s are in a good place and ready to go" for tomorrow's opening #RWC7s match v Japan @ 4.36pm (BST)— Scotland Rugby Team (@Scotland Rugby Team) 27/06/2013 10:22
Don't forget that tonight at 6pm GMT (9pm local) we have a live Twitter Q&A with Ireland women. Tweet us your questions using #askGIG— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 27/06/2013 10:30
Wallamina last sighted on a bus in Moscow. Do not approach. May be hungry & therefore dangerous #RWC7s #WheresWally http://t.co/gdXRXCf9be— Aussie 7s (@Aussie 7s) 27/06/2013 10:13
Philippines getting a team photo in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow 1 day before #RWC7s http://t.co/M3sPnOGSoZ— Brett Gosper (@Brett Gosper) 27/06/2013 09:24
Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in great condition 1 day out from #RWC7s ! https://t.co/tB7G0RbYtn— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 27/06/2013 09:18
#RWC7s kicking off Tomorrow in Russia, Luzhniki Stadium. @kenya_7s all the way to the final. We can do this!!!— Augustine Daniel (@Augustine Daniel) 27/06/2013 09:01
We caught up with Canada's @jen_kish ahead of the #RWC7s http://t.co/9u59yD9vN2— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 27/06/2013 08:33
Ahead of their Q&A tonight, Ireland's @jennymurphy045 has taken us behind the scenes! Part 1 of a day in the life...http://t.co/eQ26PwGMiq— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 27/06/2013 08:25
Australia women's coach Chris Lane has been talking about the challenge of defendng their World Cup Sevens title.
This is almost a completely new squad to that which won it in 2009. We’ve been focused on this tournament for 18 months and we’ve put a squad together that we believe will be competitive. Everything over the past 18 months has been aimed at this tournament and we’ve seen our experienced players put their hands up and this new generation of players grab the opportunity that’s been given to them.
looking forward to #RWC7s i know #TeamKenya will do good :)— FeelinGoodHasAName (@FeelinGoodHasAName) 27/06/2013 07:38
Scotland 7s head to the Luzhniki Stadium, for the last time before tomorrow's game v Japan 7s, for their #RWC7s captain's run! #backingblue— Scotland Rugby Team (@Scotland Rugby Team) 27/06/2013 07:53
It's been a busy day here in Moscow with 40 teams turning out at Red Square for the captains' photo and we've also had two Twitter Q&As with the hosts Russia and USA. We'll be back tomorrow, as we edge closer to the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens
This is going to wing it's way to @stopasyougo who had his question chosen as the best by the @USARugby guys! http://t.co/bDcLjlcbwU— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 26/06/2013 16:39
RT @vanesh33: Attending the welcome dinner for #RWC7s ...fancy @USAWomens7s @irbwomens http://t.co/FHXWBdlSZH— USAWomens7s (@USAWomens7s) 26/06/2013 16:51
Good to see @mdrfccom have got their tickets for #RWC7s http://t.co/z6s1yV7JD2— Rugby Union Russia (@Rugby Union Russia) 26/06/2013 16:04
Get your questions in now to the USA 7s lads. The hashtag to use is #ASKUS7s
@Carlin_Isles @ZTesty5 @polarbearkzn @HawleywoodFrizl answering ques now! Use #ASKUS7s http://t.co/Ihl3dF4aQd— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 26/06/2013 16:00
30 Minutes to go...best tweet as chosen by @Carlin_Isles @ZTesty5 @polarbearkzn and @HawleywoodFrizl will win signed shirt! Use #ASKUS7s— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 26/06/2013 15:29
#Rugby7Bears captain @yanik1917 poses with #RWC7s tournament mascot @Mishka_Mascot http://t.co/KFu7vawHqV— Rugby Union Russia (@Rugby Union Russia) 26/06/2013 15:32
@RugbyCanada aren't the only team with their mascot at training. Here's @Aussie7s' @tianapenitani with Wally #RWC7s http://t.co/1xrwctK4Sd— Rugby Union Russia (@Rugby Union Russia) 26/06/2013 15:10
She's been a fiered oppoenent in the Women's Sevens World Series this seaon and she'll be appearing in the #RWC7s this weekend in Moscow...
Kyle Brown, South Africa (on being injured this season): "Incredibly frustrating, I told Frankie I spent so much time on my couch screaming at him and just being so incredibly happy for them, the whole season they have just shown some rugby they are able to play and I am hoping I can join the team and add a bit of value to it."
Have you got your ticket yet?
Kopiev: Over 43,000 tickets sold for first day of #RWC7s at Luzhniki— Rugby Union Russia (@Rugby Union Russia) 26/06/2013 14:49
Jen Kish, Canada captain: "We are not just coming here to compete. We are coming to win. We spent three years working towards this tournament so if you don’t want to win why would you be here. We have a good shot with the staff and the team we have here."
England captain Rob Vickerman said: "It is huge, we had Damian Hopley come in before we left for camp and just the whole legacy of it is outstanding thing to hear as a rugby player, let alone as an England rugby player, that there is this full history steeped, from 1973 with the likes of Andy Ripley playing for England in what was a kind of unofficial World Cup and then again 1993 with the likes of Harriman, Hopley, Dallaglio, Dawson, Nick Beal, these real big names of rugby that have gone on to bigger and better things almost saying that this is one of their true highlights playing in a World Cup. So for us, doing the maths on it, potentially it does weigh in our favour with 1973, 1993 and this year but it is something that is definitely in our mindset and also now on our sleeve which is a fantastic thing to see."
Nathan Hirayama, Canada captain: "It is really nice, a pleasure to be captain, an honour. We are really looking forward to this weekend, it's something we have been looking forward to since for the past year and a half since we qualified, so we are really excited to be here and hopefully we show up."
We caught up with some of the captains following the Rugby World Cup Sevens launch in the Red Square. Check out what some of them had to say...
Wise words below... the #RWC7s is not to be missed! It's going to be a fantastic spectacle as the best men and women players in the world compete against each other...
#RWC7s soon to get underway in Russia itself. Jealous of people who get to see this, hell of a show of athleticism https://t.co/FSccxKBV2i— RuckingGray (@RuckingGray) 26/06/2013 13:58
What a colurful photo this is, great to see the men's and women's captains together...
RT @gemmacrowley: Men's and women's captains #IrishRugby #RWC7s http://t.co/dgSyhMRc5i— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 26/06/2013 13:32
Certainly agree with you....
This weekend is goin to be big #RWC7s— Hammerhead (@Hammerhead) 26/06/2013 13:12
The men were out and about in Moscow...
The #BlitzBokke visited Moscow Red Square earlier today http://t.co/Gvr9n8FDng #MissionMoscow— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 26/06/2013 12:57
Whilst the South African women's team were training...
The Springbok Women7s warming up for first training session #MissionMoscow http://t.co/2xgwv4undA Let's Follow @LadyBlitzBokke— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 26/06/2013 12:56
RT @IRBSevens: 24 men's captains gather at #redsquare for launch of #rwc7s http://t.co/5t48k4IO3d— Irish Rugby (@Irish Rugby) 26/06/2013 12:09
RT @PienSelbeck: Russia day2! Training was great!! Now rest up! #RWC7s #wkoranje @irbwomens @PaulaCrebas @Nicole_Kwee http://t.co/VH3xkUrmuO— Annemarije v Rossum (@Annemarije v Rossum) 26/06/2013 11:47
France women's sevens player Jade Le Pesq after training this morning: "We worked together for four weeks and played in London after Amsterdam. We can see a big difference from the first tournament at the start of the season and the last one.
"We don’t have an easy pool but I think we can do very well. We’ve worked hard over the last two months so we’re just going to play our game, have fun and do our best."
On the bus on the way to the capt's photo in Red Square - Fiji captain Lepani Botia: "I am very happy with my team, I love the boys. We know Fiji won in 1997 and 2005 and we have won this year on the Series in Australia and Hong Kong. We are always looking forward though and we hope to win."
Spain's men's captain Pablo Feijoo, who has played this "long World Series with a lot of pressure is looking ahead to a knock out tournament where they can enjoy rugby. It is not about points, it is a one off tournament and anything can happen!"
The captains of all 40 teams competing in the men's and women's tournaments at RWC Sevens are on their way to Red Square in the centre of Moscow for a photo shoot. Photos coming soon!
@VictorVito1103: Best of luck to NZ men's and woman's Sevens teams over in Moscow!! Right behind you guys.... #nz7s #rwc7s 😁👍— cristian munoz (@cristian munoz ) 26/06/2013 11:07
@IRBSevens 2 days to go till the #RWC7s ,This years its Fijis! I can feel it in the air! #GoFijiGo #IRB7s— Pra234 (@Pra234) 26/06/2013 10:52
The @FranceRugby7s women's team warming up ahead of a difficult session in the sun #RWC7s http://t.co/Y9BA6P623t— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 26/06/2013 10:54
Speaking at #RWC7s launch Rebecca Tavo said: We have some fantastic young talent in our squad and I am impressed with their skill level— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 26/06/2013 10:39
China women's sevens Liu Yan after training today: "It was fantastic to host the third round of the women’s sevens world series in Guangzhou but we were disappointed with our performance and we had a few injuries to key players.
"It’s going to be a very competitive tournament and we’ll be targeting the bowl final. We’d be happy with that."
We'll have pics and the full article soon...
Brett Gosper, IRB CEO at the RWC Sevens press conference: "One of the great things about RWC Sevens in the past has been its extraordinary level of competitiveness. There are many genuine contenders in the men’s and women’s competitions. It will be compelling viewing."
@leewills14 Looking forward to #RWC7s. Experience so far has been great. We've been working hard & Hopefully we can retain the World Cup— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 26/06/2013 10:22
Rebecca Tavo speaking at today's #RWC7s launch: Winning on 09 is something I will never forget. It all came together for us.— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 26/06/2013 10:21
Here We Stand United & Strong at #RWC7s http://t.co/44FzEDT7xn— Jen kish (@Jen kish) 26/06/2013 10:22
Brett Gosper, IRB CEO at the RWC Sevens press conference: "Our sincerest thanks go to the RUR, Russian Government, City of Moscow Government for their superb organisation of this event.
"Also the participating teams, match officials, fans from all corners of the world, commercial partners (Bank Zenit, AIG, Jeep), media and last but by no means least the volunteers for playing their part in what will be remembered as an outstanding Rugby World Cup Sevens."
Eagles at Red Square yesterday--watch the video and join us for a live Twitter Q&A at 10 AM ET! http://t.co/1W1jyCPurV #RWC7s @IRBSevens— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 26/06/2013 10:19
And don't forget too that the USA men's team are doing a live Twitter chat at 6pm Moscow time / 10am EDT / 7am Pacific today! Hashtag to follow soon. Keep up to date on Twitter @irbsevens
Don't forget that we will be doing a live Twitter chat with Ireland women's sevens tomorrow at 6pm Irish time. Keep a look out on Twitter @irbwomens for pics and videos of their day today and get ready to send in your questions. hashtag announced later!
Irish women's team off for their first training session in Moscow #RWC7s #finalprep #Irishrugby— Gemma Crowley (@Gemma Crowley) 26/06/2013 10:10
Wales 7s captain @timmytant1 will taking over this account tomorrow ahead of #RWC7s finals this weekend. Send in your questions #askadam— Welsh Rugby Union (@Welsh Rugby Union) 26/06/2013 10:05
Superb morning training for Women's Eagles. Press conference now, followed by Captains photos at Red Square! #RWC7s http://t.co/dBUA30YXue— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 26/06/2013 10:05
@kit_mcconnell and @brettgosper on the top table for launch of #RWC7s http://t.co/xUOjrIBeqY— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 26/06/2013 10:06
China have been out on one of the many training pitches this morning and going through some calls... #RWC7s http://t.co/pF42Ofha6F— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 26/06/2013 09:50
Something really stood out for me today. Coach @johntaitrugby talked about the girls back home & how we Succeed as a whole #connected— Mandy Marchak (@Mandy Marchak) 26/06/2013 09:32
RT @Aussie7s: Youngest member of the team, 17yr old @tianapenitani gets up close and personal with Wally #RWC7s #MissionMoscow http://t.co/…— Tiana Penitani (@Tiana Penitani) 26/06/2013 09:13
Today is a busy day of preparation. The team managers' meeting has already taken place. Later on there will be a press conference, followed by the captain's photo in Red Square.
That's in addition to the 40 teams fitting in training and gym work.
RT @bengollings10: @russiarugby looking forward to being in Moscow later today #RWC7s. Stadium looks awesome.— Oliver Keeling (@Oliver Keeling) 26/06/2013 09:08
That's the end of our coverage on 25 June. We'll be back on 26 June for more live buildup to #RWC7s
Some of the teams have been enjoying a day off from training today, others have been in the gym, the pool and training with other nations. It's a wonderful atmosphere here in Moscow at the moment and we're all as excited as the players for the start of the tournament on Friday! Join us tomorrow for more from Russia....
RT @vanesh33: Awesome day exploring Moscow/Red Square with #teamUSA :) @USAWomens7s @irbwomens http://t.co/2hFLwUgqCX— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 25/06/2013 15:01
Carlin Isles, Rugby's fastest player is apparently not as fast in the pool: "Haha, that was supposed to be a secret."
Segunda sesión del día, partido con Argentina. A buscar buenas sensaciones de cara al fin de semana... #RWC7s http://t.co/Mfb37dEJDU— España 7s (@España 7s) 25/06/2013 14:27
Pool session for the Men's Eagles in Moscow. @Carlin_Isles not as fast in the water! @IRBSevens #RWC7s #WorkForIt http://t.co/3ffdp4pqOY— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 25/06/2013 14:35
The @dutch7sladies are in Moscow and have started their training for #RWC7s http://t.co/FM0OPRPTtr— IRB Women's Rugby (@IRB Women's Rugby) 25/06/2013 14:14
Dutch team training over on pitch number five at the moment here at the Luzhniki Stadium. It's been a busy day with nearly all the teams having a hit out ahead of the weekend. And here they are....
It certainly is hot in Moscow at the moment! But there was also some thunder and lightning earlier on today. Conditions set to be great for the weekend!
If you want a reminder of the nominees, here they are. There are eight mens nominated:
William Ambaka, Afa Aiono, Cornal Hendricks, Frankie Horne, Gillies Kaka, Tim Mikkelson, Dan Norton and Joji Raqamate
And in the women's....
Kelly Brazier, Jen Kish, Kayla McAllister, Emily Scarratt and Kelly van Harskamp
Don't forget you can still have your say on who you think should win the IRB Sevens and IRB Women's Sevens Player of the Year awards which will be presented this weekend! Head over to facebook.com/irbsevens and facebook.com/irbwomens to vote on the polls!
Michael Letts who spoke to us after the Philippines hit out agains the New Zealand Sevens: "We like the underdog status so we will go out there enjoy it, have a crack and go down swinging."
What makes @HawleywoodFrizl so good at planks? Ask him tomorrow at 2pm GMT in our live Twitter Q&A # to be revealed http://t.co/0ixEC2NSZo— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 25/06/2013 13:39
AB7s attracted heaps of attention in Red Square. What a place! http://t.co/PJjZKkdL9L #rwc7s— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 25/06/2013 13:59