Wellington sevens

Wellington Sevens moving to Hamilton

The Wellington Sevens has been part of the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series since 2000 and was one of the most popular events on the New Zealand sporting calendar.

However, in recent years the event has struggled to attract the large crowds it was renowned for at the height of its popularity.

In 2016, New Zealand Rugby recorded its first financial loss from the Wellington Sevens and the writing appeared on the wall for a move.

The All Black Sevens won nine times in Wellington - the team's spiritual home - enjoying victory most recently in 2016.

New Zealand make short work of Samoa to kick off Wellington Sevens

But that task was made a lot simpler by Jordan Way's decision to award New Zealand captain Scott Curry an early try that wasn't.

Dominion Post reports Curry dropped the ball in the act of scoring, yet the referee opted to rule in the home skipper's favour. That set New Zealand off to exactly the start they would've hoped for and by halftime further tries to Sherwin Stowers and Curry again - all converted by Rocky Khan - gave them a commanding 21-0 lead.

Samoa ready for Wellington Sevens

RNZ reports the Manu face hosts and defending champions New Zealand first up - pitting Tietjens against the team he coached for 22 years.

"We're going in there as the fourth seed in that pool, as the underdog really, so let's hope we can certainly turn it on and really play some great sevens," he said.

"It's a huge start for us playing New Zealand but, at the end of the day, if you're going to do well in this tournament you've got to play everyone and beat everyone really."

Tietjens says Samoa 7s will be much fitter in Wellington

The Manu are a lowly 12th in the World Series standings after failing to reach the Cup quarter finals at the Dubai and Cape Town tournaments last month.

Tietjens was listed as an observer/technical advisor during those tournaments and said it gave him a clear idea where the need for improvement lied.

"They were good at times - they lost about four games at the death really and we put a lot of that down to just not being able to finish games off due to the lack of conditioning

All Blacks Sevens to open against Samoa

"We always knew it would be an interesting subject, but for us it is just one of three games on day one that we need to take off and do well in. In the end, we are playing the players, not what surrounds it," says Waldrom of New Zealand's Pool C opponents, along with France and USA.

Samoa have been the under-achievers of the sevens circuit since they won the 2009-10 World Series, but should be fitter and more well drilled under Tietjens in his first official World Series game in charge of his new team.

Fiji names 7s team for Wellington and Sydney

Mesulame Kunavula and Nacanieli Labalaba will make their debut, while Kalioni Nasoko, Amenoni Nasilasila and Alivereti Veitokani make a return to the side.

Jasa Veremalua, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Setareki Bituniyata, Nemani Nagusa, Jerry Tuwai, Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri and Joeli Lutumailagi have been retained from the last leg.

Vatemo Ravouvou who missed out on the first leg of the tournament has also been named in the team.

All Black Sevens have to be at their best by Wellington

The All Blacks Sevens have improved to fifth in the overall standings after their third place finish in the second round in Cape Town.

The New Zealanders beat Kenya 28-7 in the quarter-finals, but lost 14-7 to South Africa in the semi-finals.

They then beat Scotland 24-19 in the play-off for third.

It’s an improved performance by the New Zealanders after they finished 8th in the opening leg in Dubai.

England beat South Africa 19-17 in the final.

Waldrom is happy with the improvement his side showed from the first round.

Draw made for Wellington Sevens

The draw for the next stop on the series was made at the end of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, which was won by England after a dramatic final against South Africa. 

Cape Town winners England are drawn in Pool A with Kenya, Argentina and invitational team Papua New Guinea. 

Dubai winners South Africa, who were narrowly beaten by England in Cape Town, are in a very tough Pool B, where they will face Olympic champions Fiji, Australia and Japan.  

Tew: Sevens to stay in Wellington

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has admitted ticket sales are still disappointing.

But in an interview with Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking, Tew indicated that NZR has given no consideration to moving the tournament out of the capital.

The world had moved on from the days when the sevens stadium involved a boozy party atmosphere, Tew said.

"We are now responsible for the behaviour of people...the stadium licence holder has serious legal responsibilities under new legislation that came in a couple of years ago," he said.

Fiji impress, Samoa struggle at Wellington 7s

However Samoa failed to qualify for the Cup quarter finals despite leading at some point in all of their pool matches.

Ben Ryan watched his side extend their unbeaten run in pool play to 39 games with convincing wins against Japan, 45-7, Wales 33-7 and Argentina 31-10.