• A brilliant first day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens here in Moscow
  • Results go as expected with no upsets as temperatures soar over 30 degrees
  • Women's tournament kicks off on Saturday morning. For more info click here
  • Men's tournament resumes at 09:00 tomorrow morning with Samoa taking on the Philippines



That brings us to the end of a brilliant first day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens here in Moscow. Temperatutes soared over 30 degrees as the players soared over the tryline. All the favoured teams triumphed with South Africa, New Zealand, Kenya, Fiji, Wales, Argentina and France especially impressive. Scotland just squeaked past Japan in the last match of the day. Thanks for all your great tweets and keep them coming tomorrow. We'll be back live here in Moscow from 8.30am with matches in both the Women's and Men's tournaments kicking off at 9.00am Moscow time. See you then!


Ed Jenkins, Australian captain after the 21-0 win over Spain: "Yeah it was a good win but in saying that I am not sure we were where we wanted to be. We kept them to nil though which was pleasing. It is great to have them (Super Rugby stars Matt Lucas, Luke Morahan and Bernard Foley) back at the squad, and they all played their part today but Shannon Walker deserves a mention for that try-saving tackle. I think tomorrow comes down to defence, we can score tries and are not worried about that, so that is where the key is."


Another try to Japan to Kosuke Hashino and Japan trail by just two points - 19-17. Katsuyuki Sakai has a chance to snatch a draw with the last kick of the game. But his conversion is short and Scotland hold on for a 19-17 victory.


Lote Tuqiri steps through a tackle and sets up a long range try to Shota Emi. Conversion is good and it's Scotland 19 Japan 12 - could we be heading for our first big upset of the day?


A beautiful pass to Lote Tuqiri finishes a superb try for Japan. Lote shares his name with the former Wallabies superstar but they are definitely two different people!


Scotland lead 12-0 at half time and they start off the second half the same way with a long range try to speedster Michael Fedo. Scotland lead Japan 19-0.


And Scotland are in for a second try, well taken by Andrew Turnbull after some flowing ball movement. Captain Colin Gregor converts and the Scots are up 12-0.


Now it's Scotland vs Japan in the final game of day one. The Scots are off to a strong start through a try to Chris Dean and lead 5-0 after three minutes.


Another try to Seabelo Senatla, fresh from starring for South Africa at the Juniour World Championship, and the Blitzbokke run out 31-0 over a game Russia. Senatla is such a dangerous player and other teams will need to make a plan to stop him.


Russia begin the second half in the same manner as they finished the first, they're putting some pressure on South Africa and spread it wide but a forward pass lets them down!

South Africa still loking threatening though and after a fantastic try saving tackle from Russia, eventually Seabelo Senatla goes round the Russian defender to extend the score to 24-0 with 3mins left.


Russia are getting tied in to the rucks and that allows Branco du Preez to use his pace and cross the line. He converts his own try to add the extra 2 points.

The hosts hit back positively from thte re-start but are unable to convert that pressure in to points. South Africa lead comfortably 19-0 at the break.


Cornal Hendricks scores South Africa's second try of the game. He broke through the defencive line, beat 2 defenders and touches the ball down between the sticks! They lead 12-0


Stephan Dippenaar opens the scoring for South Africa going over in the corner, a fantastic solo effort for his first ever try in RWC. Conversion is missed, they lead 5-0.


A very proud moment for the hosts Russia as they run out on to the pitch alongside South Africa. 


France spread the ball from flank to flank with a fine display of passing that see's Jonathan Laugel go over in the corner. The conversion is missed. However there is some consolation for Tunisia as Chemseddine Khalifa tscore a beaufitul solo effort running in from 60m! France win 24-7.


A beautiful break by Steeve Barry, he beats three defenders and scores between the posts. That's the third try for France and they now lead 19-0 with jsut over 2 mins to go.


France are looking comfortable at the break here and lead 12-0.


Julien Candelon opens the scoring for France in their match with Tunisia. There's been some great action today and while there's only two more matches left after this, there are two more days and a women's tournament to ook forward to!


Australia score one further converted try to win 21-0 against Spain.


A brutal first half defensive display by Australia is topped by a try to NSW flyhalf Bernard Foley on the siren. Australia lead 14-0 over Spain at the break.


A huge tackle by Sean McMahon for Australia sets the tone against Spain early on. Then on three minutes Reds winger Luke Morahan makes a break before passing inside to Tahs scrumhalf Matt Lucas who does brilliantly to score. Lucas converts and Australia lead Spain 7-0.

Colin Hawley of the USA being interviewed after the Eagles victory over Georgia at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. (Photo: Judy Teasdale)



Bernard Lapasset, Chairman of the IRB, opens the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow: "Rugby is breaking new frontiers around the world and Russia has dreamed for many years about welcoming the world’s greatest Rugby Sevens players to this iconic stage. This weekend that dream comes true.

This great city and its wonderful people will be the most exceptional hosts of an event that Russians and Rugby fans alike will be proud of and an event that will showcase our wonderful sport and its character-building values ahead of our Olympic Games return in 2016.

Our thanks go to the Rugby Union of Russia and the City of Moscow for their vision dedication and hard work.

I would like to wish all the teams the very best and to everyone here and around the world enjoy the skills of these magnificent athletes. Enjoy the festival.

And now iit is my honour and privilege to declare Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 officially open!"

Zach Test of the USA scores under the posts during the Eagles' 26-19 victory over Georgia at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. (Photo: Judy Teasdale)



Great moment at the "space themed" opening ceremony of the RWC Sevens in Moscow as a special message is delivered by three Russian astronauts live from the space station!

Fiji were impressive in their first game, running out 45-0 winners over pacific rivals Tonga. (Photo: Judy Teasdale)



We are now two-thirds of the way through the games on day one of RWC7s 2013 here in Moscow and so far all results have gone with the favoured teams. No upsets - yet! Now it's time for the opening ceremony - so sit back and enjoy some great Russian style entertainment. #Not what you might expect!


Another try to Facundo's brother, Anibal Pancreya Garrido, as the brothers Garrido push Argentina out to a 26-7 lead. Los Pumas go berserko in the last two minutes and load on three more tries to Jeronimo de la Fuente, Diego Palma and a second to Francisco Merello to race away to a 47-7 victory. Hong Kong did not deserve to lose by that scoreline. It just goes to show how fast thing happens in super speedy Sevens!


A big palm from Francisco Merello and he goes over for a try to put Argentina out to a 19-7 lead over a plucky Hong Kong.

England women's team train in over 30 degree heat in Moscow as they prepare for the opening match of the RWC7s tomorrow. (Photo: Judy Teasdale)



We're locked in a tight tussle between Argentina and Hong Kong who are tied 7-all with less than two minutes till half time. Argentina's try was scored by Facundo Pancreya Garrido which was cancelled out by Hong Kong's Jamie Hood. But right on half time Nicolas Bruzzone runs away to score and the Pumas lead 14-7.


Vladimir Putin, the Russian President on the joy of hosting the Rugby World Cup Sevens: “This spectacular, fascinating sport appeared in Russia more than 100 years ago...
“It is pleasing to note that there is a new page in the history of Rugby and it is coming back into the programme of the Olympic Games
“I am sure that holding RWC Sevens will become an excellent boost for Rugby in Russia and attract talented young people to the sport.”


A well worked try to England through Tom Mitchell and they have this one closed up at 21-7. All credit to Portugal who gutsed it out but were simply outclassed in the end.


Paul John, Wales coach, after the defending champions 33-5 victory over Uruguay: "It is a one-off tournament but the thing is with the pool, every little thing matters because you aren't guaranteed to go through if you finish top two. If a decision goes against you, or miss a conversion, points difference is huge. That is the nature of a 24-team tournament."


Portugal hold out courageously but finally John Brake breaks through for his second try. England lead 14-7.


Alex Magleby, USA coach after the hard fought 26-19 victory over Georgia: "We had some opportunities to run up some points which will be important for our pool. We got the win and now we get to play against Canada who are a neighbour of ours so that will be a lot of fun. I have never been to Moscow before and to see all the culture here is great."


But Portugal hit back through a bulldozing try to Rafael Simoes, converted by Pedro Leal. At half time England and Portugal are all tied up at 7-7. Great game!


Portugal defend magnificently but finally Dan Norton breaks through for England and sets up a try for John Brake. Christian Lewis-Pratt converts and England lead Portugal 7-0.


A hard fought second half deadlock is finally broken by a long range try to Wales through James Davies. Alex Webber crosses for a final try on full time and Wales run out winners 33-5 over a tenacious Uruguay. Now its Portugal vs England.


A second try by Chris Knight, converted by Adam Warren sees Wales lead 19-0. But right on half time Felipe Berchesi pops up for a try for Uruguay. Half time Wales 19 - Uruguay 5


Wales, playing in unfamiliar black and fluoro green, get on the board through a try to Chris Knight. Adam Warren scores a minute later and Wales lead Uruguay 12-0.


A commanding second half performance from Fiji with five tries: two to Watisoni Votu, one to Joji Raqamate and Ilai Tinai and a second to Metuisela Talebula to take them to an impressive 45-0 victory over Tonga. Now up the reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens champions, Wales, vs Uruguay.


Some tight defence is broken eventually by a try to Metuisela Talebula, converted by Joji Raqamate, and Fiji lead Tonga 14-0 at half time.


A bruising start broken by a try to Fiji through Waisea Nayacalevu. Converted by Joji Raqamate, Fiji lead Tonga 7-0.


A well worked try to Revaz Gigauri and the final score is USA 26 Georgia 19. Now the all island clash of 1997 and 2005 champions Fiji and Tonga.


Great try to Georgia by Shavleg Makharashvili after sustained lead up. Conversion is missed and US lead 26-12 with three minutes left.


Three quick tries to USA to close out the half. Five pointers to Nick Edwards, Zach Test and Folau Niua see the US lead Georgia 26-7 at the break. Eagles flying high!


Colin Hawley runs away for a try and USA lead 5-0. The conversion is good from Shalom Suniula and USA lead Georgia 7-0. But Georgia hit back straight back through a converted try to Merab Sharikadze. It's 7-all after four minutes.


32 degrees here at a sweltering Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow! Real test of teams fitness.


Some good build up by Canada but the ball comes loose and Gillies Kaka sprints away to score. He converts his own try and the full time score is All Blacks Sevens 31 Canada 12. Next up United States vs Georgia.


Canada hit back with a try to Nanyak Dala, converted by Nathan Hirayama. 24-12 with 90 seconds to play.


Another try to Sherwin Stowers and the All Blacks Sevens ease out to a 24-5 lead.


Try to Harry Jones and Canada are back to 19-5.


The All Blacks Sevens look impressive here. A third try to Sherwin Stowers and they lead a shell shocked Canada 19-0 at half time.


Mike Friday, Kenya coach after the 45-5 first up victory over the Philippines: "We stuck to our task there, the Philippines side made it difficult for us for the first three or four minutes. When we found ourselves we got hold of the ball a little more, looked a little bit more comfortable. First and foremost happy to get the win, everyone got on the park, but we know points difference is all-important here."


Great try to New Zealand. Pita Ahki makes a long run down the left touchline before passing inside to Kurt Baker to score under the posts. Gillies Kaka converts and the All Blacks Sevens lead 7-0. Moments later Ahki scores himself and Kaka adds the long range conversion to make it 14-0.


Now our chance to see one of the favourites for RWC7s 2013 - the mighty All Blacks Sevens up against the impressive Canada with their trump card Sean Duke.


Two quick converted tries to Humphrey Kayange put Kenya out to a comfortable 28-5 lead.


Afa Aiono, Samoa captain after their 21-14 victory over Zimbabwe: "It is pretty hot, similar to the weather back home. We had a slow start, but it was a good effort. We have to set our standard today and continue playing tomorrow which is the real day."


A second try to Kenya scored by Felix Ayange and converted by Biko Adema. But in the final minute before half time the Philipppines score through Gareth Holgate. Half time - Kenya 14 Philippines 5.


Oscar Ouma races away to score for Kenya, converted by Biko Adema. Kenya lead Philippines 7-0.


Fortune Chipendu races away for Zimbabwe to try and score the leveller but he is brought down in a try saving tackle by Samoa and Samoa hold on to win the first game of RWC7s 2013 21-14. Next up Philippines vs Kenya!


Samoa start the second half at lightning speed and converted tries to Afa Aiono and Faatonia Autagavia put Samoa up 21-14 with three minutes remaining.


Samoa hit back through a try to Alastasi Tupou, converted by Lolo Lui, to make it 7-all. But right on half time Gardener Nechironga puts through a clever grubber to score for the Cheetahs. The conversion by Tangai Nemadire is good and Zimbabwe lead Samoa 14-7 at half time. Are we going to see our first upset of the tournament?


Zimbabwe are the first scorers of the RWC7s 2013. After some spirited defence the Cheetahs turn the ball over and captain Jacques Leitao sprints away to score. Tangai Nemadire lands the conversion and Zimbabwe lead Samoa 7-0!


And the teams are taking the field for the first fixture of #RWC7s 2013 - 1997 and 2009 semi-finalists Samoa vs Zimbabwe.


The fifth Rugby World Cup Sevens was played in Dubai in 2009 with Wales defeating Argentina 19-12 in a surprise final.


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The fourth Rugby World Cup Sevens was held in Hong Kong in 2005 with Fiji winning the Melrose Cup for the second time, defeating New Zealand 29-19. Fiji are the only country to have won the Rugby World Cup Sevens more than once.


The third Rugby World Cup Sevens was played in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2001 with the mighty All Blacks Sevens defeating Australia 31-12 in the final to claim their first and only RWC Sevens crown to date.


Ten minutes till our live coverage starts here of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens!


The second Rugby World Cup Sevens was played in Hong Kong in 1997 with Fiji defeating South Africa 24-21 in the final.


The first Rugby World Cup Sevens was played in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1993 and the final saw England defeat Australia 21-17 to be crowned the first ever RWC Sevens champions.

England women train in Moscow ahead of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013.
Photo: Judy Teasdale
The final squads of all 16 women's teams at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 are declared 24 hours out from kick-off in Moscow.
Twelve years have passed since New Zealand won their only RWC Sevens title, something they hope to put right in Moscow.

Less than two hours to kick off of the #RWC7s here in Moscow and the excitement is building!


Meanwhile as the women’s sides have their final training sessions today ahead of the start of the women's tournament tomorrow, we met Tunisia women’s rugby captain Ikhlas Abida who says:
 “Women’s rugby is still very new in Tunisia and for us to be here in Moscow competing with the best teams in the world is a huge opportunity for us. In Tunisia, women’s rugby is progressing and we are working really hard to grow the game. We are starting programmes to get younger girls into women in schools and that will be a huge way for us to drive player numbers.” We will have a full interview with Ikhlas on the site later!

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will be broadcast to more territories than any previous RWC Sevens event.
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The magnificent Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the home of the 1980 Olympic Games and the host venue of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.


The All Blacks Sevens team getting to grips with the Luzhniki Stadium, ahead of the kick off of the RWC Sevens in Moscow today. (Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima)


The final squads of all 24 men's teams at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 are declared 24 hours out from the tournament in Moscow.
With an Olympic gold medal already safely secured, Canada’s Heather Moyse is on the hunt to add a World Cup title to her collection.

Superb conditions here at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, home of the 1980 Olympics. It's currently 27 degrees with a high of 31 degrees forecast. Also the possibility of rain which is no problem at this magnificent stadium as all seats are undercover.


The spectacular opening ceremony is currently being rehearsed in the main stadium. Very cool Russian chic! Check it out at 17:58 after the Argentina vs Hong Kong match.

Japan captain Katsuyuki Sakai will be looking to get his team off to the perfect start at #RWC7s when they open their campaign against Scotland at 19:36.
 (Photo: JRFU)


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