Kelley L Cox | Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

July 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 22, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; Gold medalists New Zealand, silver medalists England, and bronze medalists South Africa pose for a photo in the men's championship final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 21, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; Gold medalists New Zealand, silver medalists France, and bronze medalists Australia pose for a photo in the women's championship final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

While the baseball bay bridge series hopped over to the east bay, AT&T Park was converted into a rugby pitch to host the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament.

Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 22, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; General view of AT&T Park before the men's championship bronze final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Sevens is a crazy format of 7 players, 7 minute halves (does this make anyone else think of Something About Mary "7 minute aaaaabs"?) and you have games non-stop all day.

Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 21, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; Australia player Sharni Williams (2) tackles France player Joanna Sainlo (9) in the women's championship semifinal of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

With KLC fotos being the "official photographer" of USA Rugby and this being event in my backyard so to speak, I was looking forward to KLC fotos being pretty involved with RWC. I met with director of marketing and communications over a year out after the site had been announced, and we had exchanged emails a few after with a "I'll call on you when I need you", but ultimately nothing really came of it. I started to see the writing on the wall and agreed to cover it for USA Today Sports Images, figuring if nothing else, if KLC fotos was needed to cover, I could provide opportunity to another local KLC fotos photographer. Ultimately only two KLC fotos photographers were even approved. Two photographers that were denied credentials included one who covered USA Rugby in the Rio Olympics and another who had taken their player and staff headshots, both severely underpaid. And USA Rugby didn't try to pull any strings to get them credentialed. Meanwhile other photographers who lacked professional standards (cheering and cursing at referees to the extent which they were no longer even photographing the play). I'm pretty disappointed, but it does help me provide this sample to photographers when I discourage them for working for less than their worth in order to chase a carrot of "opportunity".

Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 21, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; South Africa player Werner Kok (5) tackles Scotland player Jack Cuthbert (12) in the men's championship quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In better news, Paul Rudman and Mike Lee were able to cover for KLC fotos and for USA Rugby and Chile. These two hustle and get clients and contracts. And it was wonderful to finally meet Mike who has been working with KLC fotos for years, but we had only worked virtually!

Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 22, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; South Africa player Rosko Specman (center) runs the ball against Fiji player Leone Nakarawa (left) and player Jasa Veremalua (right) in the men's championship bronze final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In even better news, since I was shooting for USA Today Sports Images, we only needed to cover the games that were on track to the championship and Kyle Terada was my editor (we were denied a runner credential for Marcus Edwards) which is particularly hard when the players don't wear numbers anywhere on the front of their uniforms.

Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 21, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Zealand player Ruby Tui (1) passes the ball against France in the women's championship final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

New Zealand won the women's tournament and the men's tournament. Meaning a haka each day!

Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 21, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Zealand performs the haka in the women's championship final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Rugby: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018Jul 22, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Zealand perform the haka in the men's championship final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


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