Spain national rugby sevens team

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Union Spanish Rugby Federation
Coach(es) Pablo Feijoo
Captain(s) Angel Lopez
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The Spain national rugby sevens team represents Spain in international rugby sevens competitions. The team trains together at the country's Olympic training facilities in Madrid, which itself has been a result of the sport entering its first Olympic cycle.[1] Spain won the 2016 Olympic qualifying repechage tournament to win the last available qualifying spot for the 2016 Summer Olympics. They upset Samoa in the finals by winning 22 - 19.[2][3][4]

Spain was one of the 15 "core teams" participating in all nine tournaments during the 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series, but was relegated the following season. Spain won the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens qualifier tournament to qualify as a core team for the 2017-18 season.

Tournament history[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympics Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Brazil 2016 Placement round 10th 5 1 4 0
Total 0 Titles 1/1 5 1 4 0

World Rugby Sevens Series[edit]

Spain started off the 2012–13 IRB 7s Series with a bang at the 2012 Gold Coast Sevens, defeating Tonga, Wales and England to finish ninth and win the Bowl. Spain was led in scoring in the 2012 Gold Coast Sevens by Pedro Martin (5 tries and 27 points), and by Pablo Feijoo (4 tries and 22 points).[5]

Spain was elevated to "core team" status for the 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series, following its performance in qualifying at the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens. At that tournament, Spain defeated Zimbabwe, Philippines, Tonga and Japan to reach the finals, where it lost to Canada. Spain participated in other events during the 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series. In that season, Spain played in the 2012 Scotland Sevens, reaching the Bowl finals, and the 2012 London Sevens, reaching the Cup quarterfinal.

Team[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following is the Spain roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[6] ‹See Tfd›view · talk

Head coach: José Ignacio Incháusti

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Events Points Union
1 FW Ignacio Martín (1983-10-15)October 15, 1983 (aged 32) 11 129 Spain Bera Bera
2 FW Matías Tudela (c) (1984-10-06)October 6, 1984 (aged 31) 16 45 Spain Tatami
3 FW Iñaki Villanueva (1991-02-10)February 10, 1991 (aged 25) 2 5 Spain Complutense Cisneros
4 BK Pablo Feijoo (1982-05-18)May 18, 1982 (aged 34) 12 69 Spain Complutense Cisneros
5 BK Ángel López (1992-01-16)January 16, 1992 (aged 24) 13 39 Spain Complutense Cisneros
6 FW Francisco Hernández (1988-10-28)October 28, 1988 (aged 27) 9 82 Spain Complutense Cisneros
7 BK Marcos Poggi (1985-03-08)March 8, 1985 (aged 31) 8 40 Spain Complutense Cisneros
8 BK César Sempere (1984-04-26)April 26, 1984 (aged 32) 4 112 Spain Tatami
9 BK Igor Genua (1988-06-05)June 5, 1988 (aged 28) 5 34 Spain Hernani
10 BK Joan Losada (1992-06-20)June 20, 1992 (aged 24) 1 5 Spain FC Barcelona
11 BK Pol Pla (1993-02-18)February 18, 1993 (aged 23) 0 0 Spain FC Barcelona
12 BK Javier Carrión (1990-11-09)November 9, 1990 (aged 25) 16 67 Spain La Vila

Previous squads[edit]

Squad to 2014 London Sevens:[7]
Player
Adam Newton
Inaki Villanueva
Javier Carrion
Javier de Juan
Matias Tudela
Jacobo Martin
Jaike Carter
Gauthier Minguillon
Francisco Hernandez
Angel Lopez
Glen Lewis Rolls
Pablo Fontes
Squad for 2012 Hong Kong Sevens:
Player Number
Ignacio Martin 1
Carlos Blanco 2
Javier Canosa 3
Pablo Feijóo (c) 4
César Sempere 5
Martín Heredia 6
Pedro Martín 7
Juan Cano 8
Angel Lopez 9
Matías Tudela 10
Ryan Le Roux 11
Marcus Poggi 12

Coach[edit]

Ignacio "Tiki" Inchausti played in Spain's only ever appearance at a Rugby World Cup in 1999, and also played at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2001 in Mar del Plata. He was in charge of the nation's women's set-up before coaching the men's side, including leading them to the inaugural women's RWC Sevens in Dubai in 2009. In 2010, 'Tiki' was handed the task of coaching the Spanish Sevens men's team, and in 2012 he masterminded their qualification as a core team.[8]

2008 Hannover Sevens[edit]

Group A matches

  POR GEO ESP GER RUS ROM
Portugal 26–10 28–5 14–12 45–5 38–0
Georgia 28–5 26–0 5–0 12–0
Spain 26–22 7–29 14–0
Germany 17–12 24–21
Russia 19–19
Romania
Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
 Portugal 5 5 0 0 151 32 +119 15
 Georgia 5 4 0 1 81 31 +50 13
 Spain 5 2 0 3 57 107 −50 9
 Germany 5 2 0 3 75 99 −24 9
 Russia 5 1 1 3 74 100 −26 8
 Romania 5 0 1 4 31 100 −69 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • McLaren, Bill A Visit to Hong Kong in Starmer-Smith, Nigel & Robertson, Ian (eds) The Whitbread Rugby World '90 (Lennard Books, 1989)
  1. ^ IRB.com, Spain Sevens all set for Series challenge, 25 September 2012
  2. ^ "Spain upsets Samoa to qualify for Rio 2016". www.blitzbokke.com. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Rio 2016: Spain qualify for Olympic sevens rugby with dramatic win over Samoa". BBC.com. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Spain pip Samoa to Rio 7s spot". Stuff.co.nz. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  5. ^ IRB.com, HSBC Sevens World Series, Statistics
  6. ^ "Los Leones olimpicos". Federación Española de Rugby. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  7. ^ 2014 London Sevens
  8. ^ IRB.com, Spain Sevens all set for Series challenge, 25 September 2012

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