|About 7s Special||Introduction||Seven and Fifteens||Basic guide|
|History of Sevens||Melrose and Middlesex||Hong Kong||Taupiri|
|7s in USA||Seven Styles||Attack||Deffense|
|Kickoffs and DropOuts||Set Scrums||Lineouts||Set Plays|
|Kicking||Drills for Sevens||Three-week practice||A 7s program|
|Fitness & Training||Fitness Testing||Selection||Analyisis Using Videotape|
As usual in a work like this, there are many people to acknowledge. Firstly, Ed Hagerty for suggesting this work to me and supporting me throughout the period in which I've worked on it. Randy Liebermann and Scott Jones provided a lot of research assistance in the early part of the project.
Terry Lee managed to bring Rugby into both the 1980s and 1990s simultaneously during the preparation of this issue.
Thanks to the many people that responded to my pleas for historical information about sevens, both in the US and throughout the world, and a special thanks to all those that submitted to interviews and proofread text for content and form; I hope I've represented their views accurately.
Thanks to John Ryan of Newport, later to be coach of Wales, whose description of sevens (two handwritten pages in early 1977) was to be my first expert information on the subject and a guide for all early practices. His "20 passes to score" drill remains a favorite.
Thanks to Dana Bateman and Aileen Killen, who later in 1977 brought me a souvenir from a trip abroad: Rugby Sevens, by Mike Williams. Within a year, not only was the book dog-eared, chewed up, and devoured from cover to cover, but the information therein contributed greatly to Bethlehem's victory at the 1978 Ontario Sevens; we are still one of only two American teams to win the tournament in its 40-year history.
Thanks to Keith Seaber for inviting me to coach the Cougars at the 1986 Melrose Sevens. It was my first exposure to first-class sevens and remains one of the most significant experiences of my rugby life.
For their loving indulgence, I thank the members of my immediate family -- Heide, Carmita, Heidi, Steve, and Rik -- all of whom tolerated my obsession with this work. Additional thanks to 12-year old computer master Rik Signes, who generated all the figures.
I would especially like to thank what actually made this work worth undertaking: the game of rugby sevens and the people that play it.
I have singled out a number of specific games to dedicate to print: games that for me, whether as winning coach, losing coach, or spectator, have represented the enjoyment, the wonder, the magic of sevens. In reverse chronological order, they are:
06/90: USA 24 Argentina 6 (Sicily) 04/90: Randwick 16 Melrose 15 (Melrose) 04/90: Fiji 22 New Zealand 10 (Hong Kong) 02/90: Atlantis 16 Auckland Suburbs 10 (Taupiri) 06/89: MIT 12 Xavier Old Boys 6 (Rockaway) 03/89: USA 15 Wales 12 (Sydney) 04/88: American Eagles 20 Canada 12 (Hong Kong) 11/87: East B 12 East A 10 (Tucson) 08/87: Bethlehem 20 Duck Brothers 16 (Norfolk) 04/87: New Zealand 14 USA 4 (Sydney) 07/86: Maryland Stingers 14 Florida State 4 (Cape Fear) 04/86: Racing Club/France 18 Cougars 10 (Melrose) 12/85: East 21 Pacific 4 (Orlando) 07/85: Duck Brothers 20 Black Swan 16 (Cape Fear) 06/83: Maulie Maguires 28 Philadelphia 12 (Bethlehem) 06/82: Bethlehem Hooligans 26 Duck Brothers 22 (Hartford) 07/78: Bethlehem Hooligans 22 Irish Canadians 8 (Ontario)
Last, but most certainly not least, thanks to a few special players, whose insights into the game have helped me understand it better and become a better coach. These include, among others too numerous to mention,
George Yasso; Charlie and Jimmy Wilkinson; Tommy Smith; Will Brewington; Dave Poquette; Terrence Titus; Gary Lambert; Steve Finkel; Salty Thompson.