Dubai 7s

NZ humiliated in final of Dubai Sevens, kept scoreless by rampant South Africa

A first-half try by captain Siviwe Soyizwapi was added to after the interval by Chris Dry and replacement Seabelo Senatla. None were converted.

"We call ourselves a defence team, and we're proud of it,” Soyizwapi said.

Having won Dubai for a record seventh time, and fourth time in the last six tournaments, South Africa goes to its home Cape Town Sevens next weekend leading a world sevens series it last won in 2018.

“The rust is off and we're keen to play at home,” Soyizwapi said.

No Dubai Sevens on Sky Pacific

Mike Greig, Digicel Fiji CEO says, “We apologise to our valued Sky Pacific viewers who will miss out on the excitement of the Dubai Sevens which in previous years has been very popular with ‘uninterrupted commercial free’ coverage.”

“I can confirm that Digicel worked hard for a deal for Pay TV rights with the rights holder for Fiji and the Pacific territories, unfortunately, on the eve of the Dubai Sevens, we do not have a deal in place.”

“We are disappointed for rugby 7s supporters in Fiji who have no other way of viewing this popular event.”

Samoa, Fiji men make winning start at Dubai 7s

The Manu 7s wore a black armband in their opening match against Canada to honour the victims of the measles epidemic which has taken more than 60 lives back in Samoa.

Sir Gordon Tietjens' side conceded two first half tries but responded in kind through Paul Scanlan and Tofatu Solia to go into the half-time break all square at 12-all.

All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

Defending series' champions South Africa won the tournament beat the All Blacks Sevens 24-12 in the decider.

The South Africans led 19-0 at half time, but the New Zealanders closed with two tries to Andrew Knewstubb and Scott Curry, before the Boks sealed the game with a late try.

New Zealand had a player sin-binned in the first half and South Africa in the second half.

New Zealand had beaten Kenya 14-12 and England 14-5 on the way to the final.

The New Zealand women finished fifth in their tournament yesterday.