Blitzbokke v Samoa in Japan

2012-03-26 08:48

Dublin - The International Rugby Board (IRB) on Sunday announced the pool draw for Round 7 of the HSBC Sevens World Series taking place in Tokyo between March 31 and April 1.

The draw was made before the Cup final of the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, the sixth round of the 2011/12 season, won by Fiji.

As Hong Kong champions, Fiji top Pool A at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground, but they face a tough trio of matches against England, France and hosts, Japan.

New Zealand reached their fifth Cup final of the Series in Hong Kong and, as runners-up, head Pool B and face matches against rivals Australia, USA and Hong Kong.

Argentina were drawn top of Pool C and they face matches against Wales, Kenya and Russia.

South Africa, who finished third in Hong Kong, headed the draw in Pool D, where they will face Samoa, Scotland and Portugal.

Following Hong Kong, reigning Series champions New Zealand now lead the standings on 111 points, just two clear of Fiji on 109.

South Africa are third, ahead of England and Samoa.


  • Citizen - 2012-03-26 09:11

    The BB's may be happy with 3rd but we sevens fans are frustrated by the BB's being unable to beat Fiji and AB's, we need bigger, stronger players, Fiji are testament to the old adage 'nothing beats speed and size' We only seem to produce 'pocket rockets' , also where are the regional and provincial sevens tournaments to attract players who may want to play sevens instead of the 'Super 15 series'.. come on Paul Treu find us some genuine big fast players and get them contracted with a feeder system in place to allow continuity.. I love Sevens but we fans dont tolerate 3rd place when we know we can be winners.

  • Dianne - 2012-03-26 10:45

    I absolutely love watching our Blitzbokke but the sad reality of modern 7's is that we need bigger players. As good as they are the Fijians really play "dirty" which is a very sad indictment on their profession of Christianity.

      Bluey - 2012-03-26 10:59

      Hmmmmmmm, really, actually Dianne it's Samoa that's playing. Almost reminiscent of the RWC when Brussow did the Hollywood resulting in Samoa playing 14 compared to 15 and still whinge. Here's a wee morsel to munch on Dianne, South Africa aren't that great, munch on this wee morsel to whet your appetite..........NO ONE CARES I'd solemnly suggest that you stop whining and start wining.......Fiji aren't playing by the way I feel sorry for you Dianne but dirty excuses aren't really tip for the day

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