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Watch: Best of Condor 7s - Quinn Tupaea Highlights

By RugbyPass

This week we’re showcasing the best of the Condor 7s, the New Zealand secondary schools national Sevens competition.

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Next up, New Zealand Schoolboys captain Quinn Tupaea of Hamilton Boys High School. Tupaea is an established 1st XV player for HBHS, captaining the side to a shared Super 8 title and leading the team to a national title game appearance this year, which he cruelly missed after sustaining an injury in the semi-final.

Tupaea is one of the top-ranked prospects in the country, having represented the Chiefs u18 side and captain New Zealand schools.

He was his usual dominant self at the Condor 7s – solid and physical defence, deceptive footwork with breakaway speed. Tupaea was one of four Hamilton Boys to make the team of the tournament after they won their third consecutive title, beating Scots College 21-10 in the final.

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Best of Condor 7s – Taufu Funaki (Sacred Heart College)

Best of Condor 7s – Roderick Solo (Scots College)

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Turlough 4 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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