The All Blacks Sevens extended their record as the
most successful team on home soil in the history of the HSBC World
Rugby Sevens Series with a 27-5 defeat of France in the HSBC New
Zealand Sevens Cup final on Sunday.
The title was New Zealand's tenth on home soil but
the first in Hamilton, having won their last title in Wellington
in 2016. It was also their 60th title in series history and the
second of the season after victory in Cape Town last month.
The victory extended the All Blacks Sevens' advantage
at the top of the standings from nothing to 15 points over South
Africa, who could only finish 10th in Hamilton. France are third on 48
points with England fourth on 39.
All Blacks Sevens co-captain Tim Mikkelson said, "The
French have that flair and they’re a team on the rise, they’re
playing extremely well. We haven’t gone that well the last couple
of years so we felt like we owed it to the crowd and to our
families here to go well this tournament. Everything we do
we do it for each other, it doesn’t matter if you start or come
off the bench, you’ve got a role to play. The boys are just keen
to work for each other. To play in front of our families is
something special and to do that in front of our families and to
win it is even better."
The teams now head across the
Tasman to Australia for the HSBC Sydney Sevens at Bankwest Stadium
on 1-2 February, round four of the men's HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Series 2020. The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will take
place 3-5 April 2020.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.