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Posted: 11:21p ET, Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 shows 7s is still on the rise

By Brian Hightower, Special to Universal Sports
Rugby 7s proved once again in 2011 why it is one of the most exciting games in the world. The sport is evolving rapidly. Sevens tournaments are becoming more competitive and more fun to watch. And I'm just referring to the fans. This sport is like a runaway train. Don't bother trying to get out of the way... just get on board.

Posted: 7:18a ET, Friday, December 30, 2011

Team of the Year: NZ takes the Cup

By Jon Ackerman, Universal Sports
No rugby team was under more pressure in 2011, or maybe ever, and still the All Blacks were far and away the best squad to take the pitch this year. For that, they are Universal Sports' Team of the Year.

Posted: 4:18p ET, Monday, December 26, 2011

RugbyBuzz looks back on 2011, forward to 2012

By Buzz McClain, Special to Universal Sports
‘Tis the season for Year End Lists and far be it from me to violate a long-established literary tradition like that.

Posted: 6:19a ET, Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fiji trying to rekindle the rivalry

By Brian Hightower, Special to Universal Sports
There have been some unforgettable moments in the last few decades of the modern 7s game. True fans of the fastest sport on two feet will remember the first 7s World Cup in 1993 where England, led by the brilliant running of Andrew Harriman and bruising hits of future England captain Lawrence Dallaglio, held off a late charge by Australia to win the first title.

Posted: 1:42p ET, Monday, December 19, 2011

Last-minute gift ideas from RugbyBuzz

By Buzz McClain, Special to Universal Sports
You've got only a few days left to get a gift for the serious amateur athlete on your list. Here are a few ideas; you can thank me later:

Posted: 12:49p ET, Monday, December 19, 2011

How to train...for collegiate sevens

Norwich University wins Women's Natyional College 7s Championship debut
By Buzz McClain, Special to Universal Sports
The winners of the debut Women's National College 7s Championship this weekend at Texas A&M say they were inspired by an animated movie about a boy who befriends a flying lizard because he wasn't Viking enough to kill it.

Posted: 3:00p ET, Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sevens squads sending Santa their wish lists

By Brian Hightower, Special to Universal Sports
As teams in the HSBC 7s World Series head into the holiday break, the tour's leaders will be figuring out how to develop a competitive edge for their February return, while the bottom of the event's 12 core squads continue to search for ways to push toward the top.

Posted: 11:17a ET, Monday, December 12, 2011

Hair-pulling etiquette and the most exciting 7s World Series ever

By Buzz McClain, Special to Universal Sports
Time for another edition of Ask Mr. Rugby Answer Guy! Dear Mr. RAG, Are you allowed to tackle another rugby player by the hair? I've read the law book and there is nothing specific about it. What would the penalty be?

Posted: 1:02p ET, Thursday, December 8, 2011

South Africa Sevens Preview: Close race after two events

By Brian Hightower, Special to Universal Sports
The HSBC 7s World Series is starting to heat up. If the first two weeks are an indicator, this year's title chase will be the closest contest yet.

Posted: 7:54a ET, Wednesday, December 7, 2011

RugbyBuzz Gift Guide: Books and bike gear

By Buzz McClain, Special to Universal Sports
[PHOTO src="570278" size="mediumLandscape" align="right" ]RugbyBuzz Gift Guide, Item # 14
For those who actually read:
Sports psychologist Gary Mack wrote "Getting in the Zone," about how to put yourself into that space where, during the game, you can seemingly do no wrong. I was in it once, for about 30 seconds, and it was AWESOME.

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