Fixtures - Top Bar

Former Sale Sharks’ Premiership Rugby 7s player Dan Bibby seals Olympic semi-final spot for Great Britain

631436189JS00247_Rugby_Olym

Newcastle Falcons’ winger Marcus Watson came on in extra-time as Great Britain survived a rollercoaster clash with Argentina to advance to the Rio 2016 men’s rugby sevens semi-finals.

After beating New Zealand 21-19 to top their pool, Watson – who scored five tries in Aviva Premiership Rugby last season – and co were back in action on Wednesday to take on Argentina in the quarter-final.
 
And the wet and windy Rio weather – much more like British summertime – played its part as the teams were locked at 0-0 come full–time.
 
Despite the scoreline, the game was far from dull as James Davies was yellow-carded for a high tackle with just seconds left on the clock, only for Argentina’s Gaston Revol to miss his kick at goal for the victory.
 
That meant extra-time and next score wins, and although a long-range Tom Mitchell kick hit the post, Great Britain were celebrating less than a minute later as Dan Bibby scored the winning try.
 
Next up now is a semi-final with South Africa and match-winner Bibby who played for Sale Sharks in the 2011 Premiership Rugby 7s admitted their quarter-final would take some beating.
 
“I’ve never played a game of sevens like that,” he said. “I’ve played for three or four years now and I’ve never been in a 0-0 draw at full-time.
 
“It was very surreal, especially with two missed kicks at goal. It was absolutely amazing and fair play to Argentina.
 
“They stuck at it and worked us hard. We just kept our composure and ended up getting that crucial score so I’m very proud of the boys.”
 
Beat South Africa today and Great Britain are playing for gold, lose and they battle it out for bronze with Fiji facing Japan in the other semi-final.
 
Either way a historic first medal in the maiden Olympic sevens competition is within their grasp and Bibby is adamant squad togetherness has been a major factor.
 
“We have shown real Team GB spirit and regardless of where we are from, we have become a really tight unit,” he added.
 
“We have only been together ten weeks and we fought hard for each other in those final few minutes.
 
“That is what a true team is all about and it is great to be part of.
 
“For people watching all around the world, if that didn’t know what sevens is all about, they will do now and they will realise what a fantastic, exciting game it really is.” 

Latest News

Worcester Warriors sign Northampton Saints’ Ethan Waller

Worcester Warriors are delighted to announce the signing of Northampton Saints prop Ethan Waller. The loosehead will move to Sixways…

Ethan Waller

Calum Clark signs for Saracens

Saracens are delighted to announce that flanker Calum Clark will join the club. Clark will move to Allianz Park from…

Calum Clark

Ross Batty hopes hooking battle can help Bath Rugby push on

Bath Rugby hooker Ross Batty insists the competition across Todd Blackadder’s squad will help them continue to bounce back from…

Ross Batty breaks away for a score against Wasps.

Nick De Luca extends Wasps contract until end of season, before retiring from professional rugby

Scotland international centre Nick De Luca has extended his contract with Wasps until the end of the season, at which…

Nick De Luca

Aviva Premiership Rugby European Round-up: Saracens, Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs

Mark McCall praised his ‘phenomenal’ captain Owen Farrell after Chris Ashton’s brace helped Saracens come from from 22-15 down in…

LLANELLI, WALES - JANUARY 15:  Saracens fly half Owen Farrell breaks a tackle on his way to setting up the final Saracens try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Scarlets and Sarcens at Parc y Scarlets on January 15, 2017 in Llanelli, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Aviva Premiership Rugby European Round-up: Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Wasps, Worcester Warriors

Dai Young hailed his side’s spirit after Wasps fought back to secure a dramatic 17-14 European Cup victory over Toulouse…

(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Young referees get recognition at packed Franklin’s Gardens

Young referees from the East Midlands were centre stage at Franklin’s Gardens at the start of the New Year, as…

Northampton Saints referees

Bath Rugby contract extensions for front row duo

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that hooker Ross Batty and prop Max Lahiff have signed contract extensions that will…

Ross Batty

New Laws film as part of Ricoh Rugby Change Series

Global technology company, Ricoh has today launched the third video in their Rugby Change Series. The latest video, Laws, focuses…

New Laws Film

Challenge Cup – Benetton Treviso v Gloucester Rugby: kick-off delayed

The kick-off of today's Challenge Cup, Round 5 match between Benetton Treviso and Gloucester Rugby has been delayed until 17.00…

Aviva Premiership Rugby European Round-up: Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby and Newcastle Falcons

Todd Blackadder attributed Bath Rugby’s 57-22 victory over league rivals Bristol Rugby to entering the game with exactly the right…

semesarokodoguni17sb1111

Rugby clubs benefit from the Aviva Community Fund

Premiership Rugby is this season immensely proud to have helped raise awareness of the Aviva Community Fund, which offers support…

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Brad Barritt, Captain of Saracens, holds the Aviva Premiership Trophy, as the twelve Captains form a heart shape at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Season Launch at Twickenham Stadium on August 25, 2016 in London. The heart shape symbolises the Aviva Community Fund initiative which launches on 13 September 2016. The initiative lends a helping hand to local communities, including grassroots sports clubs, by offering funding of up to £25,000. during the Aviva Premiership Rugby 2016-2017 Season Launch at Twickenham Stadium on August 25, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Aviva)

Jonny May excited by free-scoring Gloucester Rugby’s potential

Gloucester Rugby flyer Jonny May admits the Cherry & Whites side that humbled Worcester Warriors last weekend in Aviva Premiership…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Charlie Walker raring to go for Harlequins’ crucial Edinburgh clash

Charlie Walker admits that every week feels like a must-win game for Harlequins but insists the team are raring to…

Charlie Walker has made two Aviva Premiership Rugby so far this season

Edinburgh 2017 finals kick-off times and key 2017/18 dates

With contenders for European silverware set to emerge from another tension-packed conclusion to the pool stages over the next two…

championscup17sb1111

Nathan Catt looking for 80-minute performance from Bath Rugby

Nathan Catt admits Bath Rugby have got to focus on executing for the full 80 minutes this weekend against Bristol…

nathancatt17sb1111

Tusi Pisi returns for Bristol Rugby

Tusi Pisi returns from a two-week suspension to start when Bristol host Bath in the European Challenge Cup on Friday…

Tusi Pisi returns for Bristol Rugby for their West Country Derby with Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints team news for Castres clash

The Northampton Saints team has been announced for Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup clash with Castres (KO 1pm). The Saints…

666710651_tm_0587_58cf7d2591f77d16702582da3f6d26d0.jpg

Tait returns for Leicester Tigers’ clash with Racing 92

Mathew Tait returns from injury to join the Leicester Tigers line-up for the European Champions Cup fixture against Racing 92…

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Tigers player Matthew Tait in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath Rugby at Welford Road on September 25, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Concussion Management Review Group convened

A Concussion Management Review Group panel will convene to examine an incident in the 30th minute of the Aviva Premiership…

Concussion Management Review Group convened