LA 7s & LAI
Argentina is back.
OK, they didn't really leave, but beating New Zealand at New Zealand's own 7s tournament is a signal that the Pumas have taken a big step forward. Finishing 5th, 6th, and 6th in the first three tournaments wasn't exactly poor form, but Argentina exceeded or equaled 5th eight out of nine tournaments in 2022, including two finals.
It’s a banana race … all in a bunch.
The Men’s Sevens World Series got no more spread out after a wild weekend in Hamilton, and all that did was raise the stakes for the remaining tournaments, especially the LA Sevens.
While an automatic berth in the 2024 Olympic Games is at stake in this year's Sevens World Series, there is something else at stake, too—staying in the circuit.
The LA Invitational, the tournament around the big LA Sevens international event, is building nicely with some more brackets starting to build.
There is certainly an international flavor percolating through. Here are some noteworthy developments and a reminder to get your team into the competitions:
New Zealand's men's 7s team has been dealing with roadblock after roadblock these past few years, but maybe they enter the LA 7s with some much-needed momentum.