HSBC London Sevens

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We had a fantastic weekend in London watching the HSBC Sevens World Series (London) at Twickenham.  Initially I was a little dubious about spending ALL weekend watching game after game, but in the end, I was sorry we couldn’t stay for the final to see Scotland claim the glory.

The party atmosphere wound its way through the crowds; people went all out for the fancy dress under-the-sea theme, whilst the live music, have-a-go games, street food and good weather added to the fun.  Photographywise, I gorged on opportunities to photograph fans, the sport, the music and more.  My large and rather cumbersome Canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6 (MK I) mounted on a Canon 7D MKII was a bit of a beast to handle without a monopod and whilst being jostled by exuberant fans.  Anyhoo, here are just few of the rugby shots -tomorrow I’ll post my favourite fan photos!

As I start to compile my professional portfolio, I can’t help wondering how one gets a gig, photographing events like this!

Below: Argentina vs FranceLondon 7s-44

Below: Adam Thomas, WalesLondon7s-12

Below: The Fijian team – Winners of the world series. London7s-21

Below:  England put in a good effort on the first day, coming top of their pool and beating the Fijian team quite comfortably!  Here, Dan Norton prepares to score a try!London7s-36

Below: Sonny-Bill Williams, plays both for New Zealand’s 7s team and the full union game!London7s-70

Below: one of the Fijian players is taken down by a Welsh player but still manages to score a try! London7s-104

Below: Dan Norton shows off some thigh!London7s-114


Below:  England charges down a Welsh player (sorry, can’t identify them! – though I think it’s Oliver Lindsay-Hague on the left)London7s-138

Below: Australia’s Thomas Kingston takes a hit from a Portuguese playerLondon7s-153

Below:  Scotland’s Hugh Patrick Blake fends off an England player.  Scotland go on to win the London event and come 10 in the series.London7s-209



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