Today’s rugby news as All Blacks in chaos, staff gagged, Moffett calls for resignation and Wales’ moment arrives

Today’s rugby news as All Blacks in chaos, staff gagged, Moffett calls for resignation and Wales’ moment arrives

Here is your rugby news on the morning of Friday July 29

Wales Sevens go for glory

Wales boss Richie Pugh has told his sevens stars to seize the moment as they kick off their Commonwealth Games campaign today.

Wales begin at Birmingham 2src22 with a game at the end of Friday morning versus Canada, before then taking on unknowns Zambia this evening. Their final pool match is on Saturday morning against sevens powerhouses Fiji, with the knockout games and medals determined on Sunday.

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The matches will take place at Coventry Stadium.

Former Ospreys and Scarlets back-rower Pugh, himself a Sevens specialist who also won a senior Wales cap in a 2srcsrc5 summer tour game against the USA, has outlined what is at stake for the team.

“This is a big occasion. We don’t get the opportunity to play in multi-sports events, they are one off tournaments. It’s a huge platform to showcase what you are about as a player on the world stage,” said Pugh.

He said it would be ‘special’ as those close to the players will be able to watch them in action. “That is something that doesn’t happen on the world series. It’s a special one-off occasion,” explained Pugh.

Reigning champions New Zealand will be favourites to lift the crown again and begin their title defence against Sri Lanka. England and Samoa are also in that pool.

Wales have lost .Olympic sevens silver medallist Sam Cross because of a knee injury, but Pugh hopes the squad he has named will still make their mark.

Leading the way will be former Wales, Scarlets and Dragons flier Tyler Morgan, who was called into the sevens squad just days after being released by Scarlets. He played in the World Cup quarter-final against South Africa under Warren Gatland in 2src15 but at the age of 26 was left without a club

Others featuring for Wales include Luke Treharne, Callum Williams of the Scarlets and Dragons duo Ewan Rosser and Cole Swannack.

Wales have been based at Warwick University, sharing facilities with the bowls, judo and wrestling teams, as they prepare for today’s kick-off.

New Zealand rugby chaos

The storm surrounding the All Blacks heading into the Rugby Championship has reached new levels in the wake of Steve Hansen’s attack on the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Overnight, former NZR and Welsh rugby boss David Moffett has called on CEO Mark Robinson to resign a

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