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Recap: Sydney Sevens Day Three blog

By Finn Morton
(Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

It all comes down to this. After two days of unmissable rugby action at Allianz Stadium, the Sydney Sevens enters its final day.

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Silverware, bragging rights and championship glory are practically within reach for the last four teams standing in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

But this year’s semi-finalists will have to bring their A-game if they want to be crowned Sydney Sevens champions.

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The first two days of this year’s Sydney Sevens were brilliant, as rugby fans witnessed a number of thrilling matches between the world’s best teams.

But Day Two was especially intriguing.

Unfortunately for Australian rugby fans, those in attendance witnessed two of the biggest upsets of the World Series season so far.

The Australian Women’s team coasted through pool play with ease, as they outclassed their three opponents.

But their quarter-final matchup was a different story. A yellow card to captain Charlotte Caslick was a turning point for both the Aussies and opponents France.

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Les Bleus stunned the home crowd with a 10-5 victory, and the men’s team repeated that feat a couple of hours later.

In the final game of the day, France beat the Australian men’s team 14-17 – with a successful penalty attempt from Thomas Carol in the 15th minute deciding the sudden death clash.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have made the semi-finals in both the men’s and women’s competitions, and have a golden opportunity to win some valuable World Series points.

The Black Ferns Sevens are already four points clear of their Trans-Tasman rivals on the overall standings, and have a chance to separate themselves from the pack even further.

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“You’ve just got no idea who’s gonna turn up on the day and you have to turn up, no matter if it’s your home, quarters, first pool game,” New Zealand star Michaela Blyde told RugbyPass on Day Two.

“Obviously it’s an opportunity for us to get some good points ahead of them.”

There are no second chances; this is finals footy. Every team in the finals race will believe they can win it all, but it’s up to them to prove it.

RugbyPass is here at Allianz Stadium, and will keep you updated on all the latest action throughout Day Three of the Sydney Sevens.

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Jon 50 minutes ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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