Rugby: All Blacks Sevens battle with Samoa players before Dubai match currently in honor of measles victims

All Blacks Sevens, along with the Samoan Seven team, are in a gesture of solidarity following the tragic measles outbreak in Samoa that killed 63 people.

The New Zealand team took a knee as in a hug with Samoa before their pool game in Dubai overnight to reflect on the tragedy of the small Pacific nation.

It comes after Samoa took the field alone yesterday before their opening match of the tournament in a minute's silence with respect for the victims.

Samoa also wears black bracelets throughout the tournament.

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The All Blacks Sevens ended the game 40-7, topping Pool C after beating Canada 31-7 earlier in the day.

New Zealand takes the United States into the quarterfinals tonight at 1 p.m. 20.35.

The seventh team was the latest in the rugby community to offer their support to the families affected by the outbreak of measles, with Sonny Bill Williams and other rugby stars raising money through a Givealittle side & # 39; Alofa mo Samoa & # 39; .

Joining Williams are a number of past and current rugby stars, including Jerome Kaino, Ardie Savea, Patrick Tuipulotu, Michael Jones, Ofa Tuungafasi and Quade Cooper, who combined to donate an initial $ 30,000.

"The brothers and I have started the $ 30,000 givealittle page," Williams wrote on Twitter. "The link can be found in my movie theater if you want to share & donate. Love & blessings fam."

The measles tragedy has claimed 63 lives, the majority of which are children four years or younger.

Residents of Samoa are urged to stay inside their homes as the government tries to control the situation.



Dubai: the Blues crush Japan – Wire Info – XV of France

Victorious in the pain of Argentina on Friday for their entry in the running, the Blues have not trembled this Friday at the Dubai tournament against the Japanese. The men's French 7 team won 41 to 5 against the Japanese team. A big success that opens them the door of the quarter-finals. Next meeting at 16:02 against the Fijian Olympic champions.


The landing of the All Blacks in the Metropolitan




The Classic All Blacks they will face the Spanish rugby team the next May 29, in a friendly match for charitable purposes in which they hope to bring to Spain the "values" of this sport and take to the chosen stage, the Metropolitan, to a "new level" with its traditional 'haka', before an opponent who has "greatly improved in recent years."

The team formed by big stars already removed from New Zealand or that they are still active but not internationally and the 'XV del León' will face each other in the fief of the Athletic for the first time, in a match where part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the project 'Rugby free' of the Spanish international Patricia Garcia and which aims to promote rugby and its values ​​as a means of social education in groups at risk of exclusion.

«For us it means a lot to come here. In fact, it means everything. The values ​​of rugby, passion and respect, being able to bring rugby to Spain. With the 'hakas' we will take this stadium to a new level. We believe that in May it will be perfect to be able to do our ritual here, ”said the wing Joe Rocokoco and the third line Chris Masoe, two of the players confirmed in the presentation of the game by the promoter 'Kiwi House'.

The rugby values

«One of the values ​​of rugby is the family, the world is our global family in that sense. That is why it is so important for us to help in this cause, to help less favored people, less fortunate than us. We really want to start the game to help this cause, ”explained the two 'All Blacks'.

The former players, who define this sport as "passion, family, respect and humility", want to invite all people, connoisseurs of rugby or not, to go "in family" to this charity match, in which they will try to "directly transmit the values". "We will give a lot of entertainment and ensure that the 80 minutes that we will be playing will leave the best of us on the pitch," they explained.

«I have followed Spain in the last two years and they have improved a lot and on May 29 we will bring rugby here and hope it will serve as inspiration. We are going to see great individual players, and we are going to do what I call champagne rugby, entertainment and enjoyment, ”they added.

Finally, Masoe and Rokocoko confessed that they are faithful followers of the spanish soccer league since the last few years, although they did not dare to pronounce on their "favorite" team. "We know that Spaniards are very passionate, so let's say we like them all," they said.

For its part, the Spanish team of XV finished in 16th place last season, the best place in its history, and will try to take advantage of the "opportunity" to play against the "idols of rugby" to "make visible" this sport. «It is a very important match for us. They are idols worldwide, they will be legends for what they did, ”said the captain Fernando Lopez

«There is a good vibe among the players. That it is played in Spain is very important for rugby to begin to become more known, because here it is not so much. In addition, the sale of tickets comes very well so you will feel the warmth of the people. Rugby is something that always tries to contribute a grain of sand, everywhere, ”he said.

In addition, the Argentine-born player considered the Metropolitan a "perfect scenario" to play this game, since it is "freshly made", and with many "chances of filling up." "I think that people are going to welcome us well, people are increasingly enjoying rugby, they are getting to know it and I think that the national team is leaving Spain in a better place every year," he said.



Top 14 – Yato absent several weeks – Top 14 2019-2020 – Rugby

Top 14 – Yato absent several weeks – Top 14 2019-2020 – Rugby – Rugbyrama

Yato was absent for several weeks

TOP 14 – Against Agen on Saturday, Peceli Yato injured a knee band. According to Franck Azéma, he should miss his team for the next 5 or 6 weeks, as the daily La Montagne points out. A real blow to the club Auvergne, who knows a hecatomb. In fact, Merrick, Cancoriet, Van Tonder, or Jedrasiak are in nursing.


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Lyon: Doussain not available three to four months – Thread Info – Top 14

The scene had gotten smiles at the moment. A penalty kick against the posts completely missed. Before he realized that striker Lyonnais Jean-Marc Doussain had hurt himself by knocking the ball. according to RMC Sportthe crumb half or opener suffers from a fracture of the right adductor and will be operated for the next few days. For an unavailability of three to four months. A blow to Lou who will be looking for a medical joker at number 9 to overcome this long absence.


Jean-Baptiste Elissalde to Montpellier? – Wire Info – Top 14

The information is revealed by our colleague from Free Midi, Patrice Espinasse. Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, who was not detained in France XV staff, could rebound on the side of the MHR. Discussions are underway, so the former deputy of Jacques Brunel joins the end of the season to the staff of Montpellier, whose head is a manager he knows well, Xavier Garbajosa. The two men wore the shirt from Stade Toulousain in early 2000. JBE would be responsible, as in the French team, the back lines. Positions he held as a substitute for Guy Novès from 2010 to 2017 in Stade Toulousain.


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Rugby: New Zealand's Super Rugby team unveils 2020 home jerseys

With pre-season training underway, New Zealand's Super Rugby troops have revealed their home strip for the 2020 season.

Chiefs prop Angus Ta & # 39; avao was used to model the reveal of the franchise's new set this morning.

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The Chiefs & # 39; press release stated that the new jersey is intended to "remind players, staff, members and supporters that they will succeed with the right strategies, plans, tactics, attitude, spirit and support in their quest to victories like Tūmatauenga, the Maori-god war did in the Battle of Pōhutukawa ".

The design has been well received by fans on social media.

"Oh wow ….. this jersey is not just a jersey. It's history. It's incredibly beautiful. I simply love it ….. especially the [sic] workout. Beautiful color," a fan wrote on Instagram.

"Best Chiefs jersey ever! Love it!" another wrote.

The home jersey gets his first appearance against the defending champions Crusaders after kicking their season away at Eden Park against the Blues on January 31.

The Crusaders unveiled their 2020 jersey earlier this week – which will not include their new logo.

Crusaders and NZ Rugby announced the result of its brand review, which will see the Christchurch-based franchise retain its name and "regain its importance through a new brand".

The controversy surrounding the & # 39; crusaders & # 39; name began shortly after the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15, with many saying the name was inappropriate as it comes from the & # 39; crusades & # 39; – a series of religious wars in the Middle Ages between Christians and Muslims.

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge confirmed that the new logo would be displayed where possible but will not be included on the 2020 strip.

The team jerseys will instead contain the word tag & # 39; Crusaders & # 39 ;.

The Hurricanes 2020 jersey was revealed by the franchise as representing "the actual Wellington wind measurement from calendar year 2016" – a monumental year ago when they were crowned Super Rugby champions for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Blues explained their design as representing and recognizing "the seam of talent that runs deep within the Blues region".

The Highlanders also unveiled their new strip with the hashtag "Where Excitation Happens".

All jerseys are available online.



Mourad Boudjellal hands over RCT property to Bernard Lemaître – Rugby – Top 14 – RCT

Mourad Boudjellal will no longer own Rugby Club Toulonnais as of tomorrow. According to our information, the formalization will take place on Monday, after which all staff will meet on Tuesday to confirm that Bernard Lemaître, 80, became a majority shareholder. He would own at least 65% of the club's shares through his holding company La Financière de La Seigneurie.