New Zealand win both the men's and women's titles at RWC 2013!

  • New Zealand defeat England 33-0 in the Men's Final
  • New Zealand beat Canada 29-12 in the Women's Final
  • Hosts Russia win the Men's Bowl Final against Japan

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Gordon Tietjens, coach of the victorious All Blacks Sevens: "It is awesome, a long time between drinks since 2001. We started slowly but we got that buzz going today. We talked about this buzz and we adapted to the conditions well, and the game plan was executed so well. It was an awesome performance. I am in a bit of disbelief really, we won the World Series and have backed it up here which we haven't won since 2001. A lot of pressure on one tournament, but to get up the way we did, was great."


DJ Forbes, All Blacks Sevens captain, after their stunning victory: "I am so proud, a special moment, especially for me being injured this year and to come back and do this, at a Rugby World Cup with this pressure, this is really special. The conditions were hard, we thought we were playing cricket for a minute, getting rained out in the semis. But they were tough, we stuck to our guns though and came out with the win. This is huge, for some of us the last Rugby World Cup we play. In terms of ticking boxes I have done almost all of it, except the Olympics, but I have had a good career and this is a special team to be part of."

New Zealand crowned Women's 2013 RWC Sevens champions in Moscow. (Photo: Martin Seras Lima)


Portia Woodman, the top tryscorer of the tournament with a record 12 tries! (Photo: Martin Seras Lima)



New Zealand Women's captain Huriana Manuel after their superb victory: “It feels amazing to be World Champions. We have worked so hard for each other and we left it all out there on the field. I am so proud. The weather conditions were hard but we expected to have to be able to cope with it. We have something special in our team. It is more than rugby – we play for each other and that is all that matters. If we do that everything else flows.  We are sisters and we love playing for each other. We expected a really hard game from Canada and that’s what they gave us.”


Canada Women's captain Jen Kish after their brave loss in the Final: “It is the first time any Canadian side has raached a final. I am so proud of my team – we gave it everything. It shows how much rugby is growing in our country. We would not be considered a rugby nation and now we are because we compete with the other big rugby nations. We had no easy games today and every game felt like a final. New Zealand capitalised on our mistakes. They are a world class team. Next year we are going to centralise again for our Sevens programme but we have to look ahead to the (Fifteens) Rugby World Cup in 2014. The Sevens progress is so exciting with the teams developing so brilliantly. Look at Fiji this weekend, they are beating top teams. Spain are up there too, so are Russia and Ireland getting really good. We all want to be part of that.”


The Women's and Men's teams have performed powerful hakas to a joyous crowd. An amazing end to an extraordinary tournament!

New Zealand men and women celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima



New Zealand are now the world champions in Men's and Women's Fifteens and Men's and Women's Sevens. What an amazing effort from this great Rugby nation! Congratulations to all the champion teams!


Another superb try to New Zealand to finish off a five star performance. Waisake Naholo charges down the touchline and completes a world class effort from the All Blacks Sevens. The conversion is missed, just to prove they are human, but New Zealand win 33-0!


Both teams trying to get field position with strong kicks. England have a chance but the ball goes loose and now Gillies Kaka goes in for another try. New Zealand lead 28-0. Perfect Rugby from this brilliant team.


Portia Woodman, New Zealand women's star and top tryscorer for the tournament: "It is amazing. I can’t explain it. A year ago I never thought I would be here. It’s great to score tries but I didn’t even notice how many. That is my job. The forwards get me the ball and it is my job to finish it. Canada gave us a great game and they are a great team.  We have worked really hard on our defence and we have played in this kind of weather so it was no problem. Canada threw stuff at us that we never expected but we coped really well and it’s amazing.”


Tim Mikkelson goes in for his second try of the Final and Cama converts again. Extraordinary skill. All Blacks Sevens lead England 21-0 at half time in the final.


DJ Forbes passes to Tomasi Cama and the two veterans combine brilliantly for a try to New Zealand. They now lead England 14-0 with Cama adding another superb conversion. How good are the All Blacks Sevens!


An injury break to England's Mat Turner but he gets up and runs back to his position. New Zealand holding the ball superbly in these conditions.


England defend magnificently but New Zealand just keep their composure and eventually work Sherwin Stowers into a gap. He criss-crosses with Tim Mikkelson and he races away to score. New Zealand lead England 7-0 in this RWC Sevens Men's Final.


The All Blacks Sevens run out for the Men's Rugby World Cup Sevens Final against England. New Zealand are now the RWC Champions in both Sevens and Fifteens in Women's Rugby and RWC Champions in Fifteens in Men's Rugby. They need just the Men's RWC Sevens crown for an historic quartet. Only England stand in their way. Can they stop them?


Canada battle to the end but the ball is kicked out after the siren and New Zealand are the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens Women's champions defeating Canada 29-12. Portia Woodman sets a new record with 12 tries in the tournament, the most ever scored in a Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens.


Now Portia Woodman sets up a try to Kayla McAlister. Astonishing skills in these conditions. Canada have been so brave but New Zealand have simply been better. They lead 29-12, thirty seconds left.


Unbelievable skill from New Zealand and the ball is scooped up to Portia Woodman who runs away to score her 12th try of the tournament. Incredible Rugby … is she human? New Zealand now lead 24 - 12.


Now Canada have a scrum metres out. They launch a superb attack and it ends with a try to Ghislaine Landry. The conversion is good and Canada trail New Zealand just 17-12. Can they do it?


Canada are defending bravely but how long can they hold out against this superb New Zealand side?


But New Zealand hit back straight away. Both teams playing superbly in these wet conditions. A try to Honey Hireme and they lead 17-5 at half time.


An amazing run from Mandy Marchak sets up a superb try to Arielle Dubissette-Borrice and Canada now trail 12-5 in this Women's Cup Final.


A great try to Kelly Brazier and New Zealand are already in control at 12-0 over Canada. Can Canada come back?


And Portia Woodman goes over for her 11th try of the tournament, extending her new record. New Zealand lead Canada 7-0 in this Women's Cup Final.


One final try to Fiji to Ilai Tinai and Fiji have won this third place play-off 29-5. A great performance in difficult conditions. Congratulations on collecting the bronze medals Team Fiji!


Another brilliantly taken try to Watisoni Votu and Fiji lead Kenya 24-5. Fiji will be wishing they played like this in the semi-final.


The rain begins to fall again as Samisoni Viriviri puts a grubber kick through and scoops it up on the run to score. A superb piece of skill and Fiji now lead 17-5 in this third place play-off in the men's tournament.


USA women's captain Vanesha McGee reacts to USA finishing third: “We are really excited. We wanted to be in the final but third place feels really good. We play in rain sometimes from other tournaments but it was very slippery and the ball was pretty loose. Third place is huge for us. We are building for Rio and hopefully this will give us a good platform for that.”


Willy Ambaka scores for Kenya, his fourth try of the tournament, and Kenya now trail Fiji 12-5 at half time in this third place play-off.


Metuisela Talebula scores for Fiji. It's his sixth try of the tournament and he is now the equal top tryscorer. Moments later he scores again. His seventh try and he is now the lone top tryscorer. Fiji lead 12-0 after four minutes.


The temperature has dropped here as we await the third place play off in the men's tournament between Fiji and Kenya. The USA women's team are just accepting their bronze medals after winning the third place play-off in the Women's tournament.


Vanesha McGee scores the crucial sudden death try to ensure that USA win the women's 3rd place playoff, defeating Spain 10-5.


Spain create an overlap and show good handling in tricky conditions to set Angela del Pan free. She sprints in to score and make it 5-5 at full time against USA.

We will go into sudden death extra time in the women's 3rd place playoff!


No score so far in the second half of the women's 3rd place playoff between Spain and USA. USA still lead 5-0.


Spain's Berta Garcia looks like she is in for the equalising score, but Victoria Folayan comes up with a great cpvering tackle to deny her. USA lead Spain 5-0 at half time in the women's 3rd place playoff.


USA have been in the Spain half for the first three minutes of this match and their greater bulk tells when Emilie Bydwell powers through the Spanish defence to score. USA lead Spain 5-0 in the women's third place playoff.


Here's a good fact for you - Canada men only lost one match all weekend - to New Zealand.


Back to the women now and it's the Plate final between USA and Spain! The teams are on the pitch. USA to kick off.


Reaction from the women's tournament...

Australia coach Chris Lane: "The tournament has been a huge success for women's rugby, that's for sure. Obviously disappointing to be taking the Plate home instead of the Cup but that is the way it goes.

"We have got a young squad here and we will be a lot better for these experiences."


Finally Samoa get on the scoreboard. Lio Lolo dummies and skips past a couple of Canada tackles to slide over the try line. Seconds later Lolo repeates the trick, but it is too late as Canada claim the men's Plate Cup final, defeating Samoa 19-12.

Russia won all three of their matches on day three at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima



Hirayama HAT TRICK! Samoa's Afa Aiono is sent to the bin for striking a Canada player. Hirayama pounces from the penalty tap to score his third try of the match and stretch Canada's lead to 19-0.

Scotland and Canada compete for the ball over the try line area at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. Photo: Judy Teasdale



We're underway again in the men's Plate final between Canada and Samoa. Canada lead 12-0.

Russia win the Bowl after going unbeaten on day three at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima



Nathan Hirayama scores his second in the space of two minutes and Canada have a 12-0 lead over Samoa at half time in the men's Plate final.


It's a slippery affair between Samoa and Canada, typified by the first try. Canada's Nathan Hirayama rides his luck and a favourable bounce of the ball to score the try.

Canada lead Samoa 7-0 in the men's Plate final with two minutes of the first half remaining.

Before the rain came....New Zealand and Fiji contest a scrum before the storm arrived in the Cup semi final at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. Photo: Judy Teasdale



Next up, we're back to the men's tournament and the Plate final between Samoa and Canada. Who is going to win? Let us know #RWC7s and @irbsevens NOW.


But eventually Sharni Williams finds a gap and powers through to score. Australia defeat England 14-5 to claim the Plate in the women's competition. Well done Australia!


Both Australia and England women are extremely tired now. The heat has been replaced by an extremely wet pitch. Australia have the possession, but cannot make any headway through the England defence. 


Reaction from the men's tournament...

Vasily Artemyev of Russia, winners of the Bowl: "It is amazing for us to get some silverware on home soil, it is the first time such a rugby tournament took place in Moscow. I hope it is a sign of things to come as well and it is a great thing to be up there and to be greeted by your own fans

"Hopefully we have done enough on day three to redeem ourselves in the eyes of our fans, show that we can play rugby. We are nearly there, we will be there soon and there are loads of us to come in the future."


England much better at the start of the second half in this women's Plate final. Rachael Burford snipes away from the back of a ruck and touches down. The conversion is missed so Australia lead 7-5 with four minutes to go.


Australia lead England 7-0 in the women's Plate final. England yet to get into the game and Australia have had all the possession and territory. 

The Fiji women's team rejoice after beating the Netherlands to win the Bowl at the 2013 RWC Sevens in Moscow. (Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima)



You can almost sense a lull in the crowd after Russia men's Bowl victory. But Australia's Katrina Barker livens them up with the first try, scoring under the posts and sliding on to the back of the dead ball area. Australia lead England 7-0.


The USA women's team emerge from the tunnel for their warm up ahead of their third place playoff against Spain. No score in England v Australia yet.


The rain looks to have abated, but the pitch is still very wet in places.


We're off in the women's Plate final between England and Australia.


Fiji women’s coach Timoci Wainiqilo was delighted after his new looking side won the Bowl title:  “I am really proud for all of our girls. They showed real power and we know the weather was tough but we dug in. We played with a lot of hunger and we are going to get better. We only have a small number of Clubs in Fiji and we are working on that. We would love to play more tournaments and we look forward to that.”


Vladislav Lazarenko races away to score for Russia and they now lead 22-5. Denis Simplikevich scores another try after the siren and Russia have won this Men's Bowl Final 29-5.

Kurt Baker helped New Zealand reach the final at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. (Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima)



Russia go in again through Alexsandr Ianiushkin and they now lead 15-5 over Japan in this Men's Bowl Final. The chant goes up: "Russ-i-ya! Russ-i-ya!"


And now Vasily Artemyev goes over to increase Russia's lead to 10-0. But Japan hit back immediately through Lepuha Latuila and at half time in this Men's Bowl Final Russia lead Japan 10-5.


Alexsandr Ianiushkin follows up a grubber kick and skids over to score. Russia lead Japan 5-0 in the Men's Bowl Final.

Dan Norton of England slides in the rain at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. (Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima)



A huge roar as the hosts Russia take the field in the Men's Bowl Final against Japan.


Fiji are now beng presented with the Women's Bowl - a piece of silverware on their RWC Sevens debut!


Netherlands attack after the full time siren but Fiji hold on and claim the Women's Bowl Final 12-10.  A great result for Fiji.


The Men's Cup Final will now be played at 9.28pm Moscow time. The Women's Cup Final will be at 9.00pm Moscow time.


Great work from Fiji and they go in for a try through Priscilla Sauvavi Siata. The conversion is good from Rusila Nagasau and Fiji lead 12-10. 82 seconds left.


Netherlands race away to score through Annemarije van Rossum and Netherlands lead Fiji 10-5 in this Women's Bowl Final.


It's 5-5 here in the Women's Bowl Final between the Netherlands and Fiji. A try to Kelly van Harskamp for the Netherlands was cancelled out by a runaway try to Fiji by Viniana Naisaluwaki Riwai.


Now we have the Women's Bowl Final between the Netherlands and Fiji.



Kenya race away but Dan Norton pulls off a try saving tackle and England win 12-5. England will play New Zealand in the Final.


England are penalised for pushing Kenya off the ball. One last chance for Kenya.


Kenya have the ball on the halfway line. They chip ahead. England kick into touch. Kenya line out 22 metres from England line. Rain teeming down. 


Now the ball goes loose in England's 22. Kenya on the attack. Line out to England 25 metres out from their line.


And Kenya are in to score through Andrew Amonde. Kenya are back in it at 12-5.


Kenya knock on again. They just can't hold on to the ball in these wet conditions. Play is in Kenya 22. England on the attack.


Kenya trail 12-0 at half time as the rain continues to tumble down. They have a lot to do in this second half.


England kick ahead again and Kenya  just win the race for the ball to save the try. England lead 12-0 at half time.


Kenya have a penalty and attack from 60 metres out.


Two and a half minutes to go in the first half. Kenya must score to get back in the match but there is so much water they can't keep hold of the ball.


Kenya knock on from the kick off and Dan Norton kicks it ahead. He chases and touches down to score. England lead 12-0.


Kenya knock on again and Dan Norton sprints away to score for England. Conversion is good and England lead 7-0.


England kick off and Kenya knock on. England spread the ball wide from the scrum but Kenya stop them five metres out.


Kenya and England are on the field. Rain pouring down again.


Fiji almost go into score but the ball floats out of reach. New Zealand hold on and they win the first Cup semi-final 17-0. They will now face the winner of Kenya and England, who are up next, in the Cup Final.


Unfortunately we have lost the live stream at the moment but it's still New Zealand 17 Fiji 0.


If New Zealand go on to win both the Men's and Women's Tournaments here, which looks likely, they will be the world champions in both Men's and Women's Fifteens and Men's and Women's Sevens. Who can stop the All Blacks machine?


New Zealand go in for another try through Bryce Heem and they now lead 17-0 at Half Time as the rain comes down again.


And we are ready to re-commence in the first Cup semi-final. New Zealand lead Fiji 12-0 with three minutes left in the first half.


A big cheer as Kenya come out to warm up. They are up in the second Cup semi-final against England, due up after Fiji and New Zealand.


Fiji are back on the field warming up as we get ready to re-commence play here in Moscow at the RWC Sevens 2013 after the thunderstorm interruption.


There has just been another lightning bolt and thunder clap, so we may be delayed a little longer still.

Just to recap where we are.....

New Zealand were leading Fiji 12-0 in the middle of the first half of the first men's Cup semi final when the storm arrived.

Whenever we get the go ahead, the teams will return to the pitch to complete the match.

Then England and Kenya will take to the field for the second men's Cup semi.

Worth waiting for, we hope you agree!

Portia Woodman of New Zealand on her way to setting a new record for most tries ever scored in a Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens with ten tries in the tournament. (Photo: Martin Seras Lima)


Willy Ambaka dives in to score the crucial sudden death extra time try in the men's Cup quarter final against France, on day three of RWC Sevens 2013. (Photo: Ludmila Bochkova)


RWC Sevens women: day one highlights
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 And here's some of the great moments of day one from the women's tournament.

RWC Sevens men: day two highlights
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While we wait for the storm to pass here's some highlights of day two of the men's tournament.


Spanish women's captain Marina Bravo was proud of her side’s efforts in Moscow: “Getting to the semi finals was a big achievement. We felt we could beat Canada but we made too many errors and we couldn’t get the score we needed. There are a lot of positives for us. We are really excited to be in the World Series next season and I am so proud of my team for all of the effort they gave. Beating Australia in the final play was a great result for us and we never give up.”


And now DJ Forbes scores. The classy All Black Sevens are simply squeezing Fiji out of the game. There is nothing Fiji can do. An amazing conversion by Tomasi Cama and New Zealand lead 12-0.


New Zealand are out to a 5-0 lead through a try to Tim Mikkelson brilliantly set up by Tomasi Cama. The try greeted by a huge clap of thunder!


We're off in the semi-final of the Men's tournament. There's thunder around the stadium and thunder on the field too as New Zealand meet Fiji.


Ghislaine Landry scores her second try for Canada and they go on to win this second Cup semi-final 10-0 over Spain. They will now play New Zealand in the Final of the 2013 Women's RWC Sevens here in Moscow.


USA Women's head coach Ric Suggit spoke to us after the loss to New Zealand: “The girls showed their courage and I am really proud of them. New Zealand are a team to beat, they are incredibly skilled so credit to them. We lost a bit of our composure early on but in the second half we took it to them. We will go home and rest up – they will get three weeks off to recover and we will start to build for what is going to be a fantastic season next year that the IRB are putting together for us.”


Amazing tackle from Barbara Pla of Spain saves a certain try and scores are locked up at 0-0 thirty seconds before half time. But finally Canada go over through a try to Ghislaine Landry. The conversion is unsuccessful and Canada lead Spain 5-0 in this Cup semi-final of the women's tournament to see who will go through to face New Zealand in the Final.

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