Fixtures - Top Bar

Marcus Watson: Preparation the key so far in Rio for Team GB

Newcastle Falcons’ flyer Marcus Watson insists Great Britain’s meticulous Olympic preparations paid dividends in their rugby sevens openers, as they earned pool wins against Kenya and Japan in Rio.

A double from Dan Bibby and tries from Dan Norton, Phil Burgess and Mark Bennett gave Simon Amor’s men a 31-7 victory over the Kenyans, the only blip being a Billy Odhiambo score in the second half.
And they then followed this up with a tight 21-19 win over Japan which saw James Rodwell cross twice in the first half.
But it was Watson, who scored five tries for Falcons in Aviva Premiership Rugby last season, who was the match-winner as he wriggled free of three tackles to go over and ensure Great Britain finished the day top of Pool C and with one foot in the semi-finals.
Ollie Lindsay-Hague, who made four appearances for Harlequins last season, is also involved for Team GB in Rio.
Starting as fourth favourites to be crowned the first Olympic rugby sevens champions, Watson and company’s opening display will have informed their rivals that they mean business in Brazil.
And Watson believes his side can really improve throughout the tournament, after admitting there may have been a few nerves before kick-off.
“It was a great first day,” said Watson. “I think the boys were a little bit nervous but excited more than anything and I think that showed, it was good fun.
“We have almost tried to make it out to be just any other tournament. It is really, we are just playing rugby and that is what we are used to.
“It was a good start and we can hopefully push on. Kenya are a great team so it is great to get that out of the way but we want to keep building with every game.
“It’s an amazing experience, once in a lifetime so it is class to be here.”
There were a few shocks in the tournament's opening few fixtures on Tuesday as first France defeated Australia 31-14, before Japan caused a major upset by beating New Zealand 14-12 – Sonny Bill Williams also being ruled out of the rest of the Games with an ankle injury.
Watson meanwhile believes the camaraderie that has developed in the squad has made them a force to be reckoned with. 
“What is most special about this and playing for Great Britain is that we’ve got Welsh and Scottish boys playing alongside the English boys, we’ve made good friends that's the best thing about it,” he added.
“It’s great for us to come here. We can do well here, enjoy ourselves, and then take that confidence back to our clubs as well.”

Latest News

Match Report: Saracens 27 Bristol Rugby 9

Saracens overcame a slow first half to sign off their departing club legends in style with a bonus-point Aviva Premiership…

Late change to Northampton Saints squad

Tom Wood is a late withdrawal from today's Northampton Saints team that is playing Exeter Chiefs. Christian Day comes into…

Christian Day

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 16 Worcester Warriors 14

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold was left stunned and disappointed after Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Sonatane Takulua struck late…

Match Reaction: Harlequins 32 Wasps 13

Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans signed off from the Stoop with a majestic performance as he kicked 22 points against Wasps…

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 16 Worcester Warriors 14

Sonatane Takulua scored all of Newcastle Falcons' points - including a late converted try - to down a spirited Worcester…

Match Report: Harlequins 32 Wasps 13

Nick Evans capped a memorable final appearance for Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop by scoring 22 points as they downed…

Alafoti Faosiliva commits future to Worcester Warriors

Samoa international Alafoti Faosiliva will continue his Sixways career after committing his future to the Club. The 31-year-old arrived at…

Alafoti Faosiliva

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership action

It's the penultimate round of regular-season matches in the Aviva Premiership this weekend - Russell Hargreaves has the details.

Saracens name side to face Bristol Rugby

Saracens have named their team to face Bristol in round 21 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday at Allianz Park,…

Schalk Brits

Northampton Saints team news versus Exeter Chiefs

The Northampton Saints team has been named for the Aviva Premiership Round 21 trip to Exeter. Injuries to Louis Picamoles…

JJ Hanrahan

Garvey to start for Bath Rugby in West Country derby

Matt Garvey will make his first start for Bath Rugby since January in the West Country Aviva Premiership derby against…

Matt Garvey

Gloucester Rugby make just one change for trip to Bath

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that triumphed in La Rochelle last weekend, making just one…

Mariano Galarza

Exeter Chiefs side to face Northampton Saints

Rob Baxter says it’s vital his Exeter Chiefs grasp every opportunity afforded to them as they look to maintain their…

Gareth Steenson

Leicester Tigers team news for final home game

Graham Kitchener and Adam Thompstone will make their 100th starting appearances in a Leicester Tigers shirt in the final home…

Adam Thompstone

Team News for Bristol Rugby to face Saracens

Olly Robinson returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Rugby face reigning Premiership champions Saracens on Saturday (3pm KO). The…

Olly Robinson