Australia Sevens draw brutal pools for Singapore

Fri, Apr 19, 2024, 12:34 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The Men's Sevens sides will get the chance to test themselves as the best sides in the world after the Singapore draw were announced.

John Manenti's side have been drawn in Pool A alongside Men’s SVNS standings leaders Argentina, New Zealand and Canada.

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Argentina’s men's side holds an eight-point advantage over Ireland on top of the ladder, looking to claim the first-ever SVNS league winners title before the Final in Madrid.

It will be the first time Los Pumas will face the Australians since defeating the hosts in Perth to take out the title.

The All Black Sevens are coming off claiming the Hong Kong title, having overcome the Aussies in the semi-finals.

The two sides have split their previous meetings on the World Series, with Australia defeating them 24-17 in Los Angeles.

Canada rounds out the pool, which went down to Australia 31-0 in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong runners-up France headline Pool B along with South Africa, Spain and Samoa whilst the second-place Irish are joined by two-time Olympic champions Fiji, USA and Great Britain in Pool C.

As for the Women, they have been drawn with Fiji, Great Britain and Brazil in Pool C.

Australia faced Fiji in the Hong Kong group stages, hanging on late for a 19-12 win.

As for the British, they defeated Tim Walsh's side 19-12 in Perth, before the hosts went down in the Final in Ireland, whilst Australia remain undefeated against Brazil.

Hong Kong champions New Zealand, who are tied with Australia at the top of the World Series ladder, face Canada, Ireland and Spain in Pool A as the USA, France, Japan and South Africa make up Pool B.

"It's great to be here in Singapore for this all important pool draw. It has produced some really exciting match-ups and we can expect some very fiery, thrilling matches with everything to play for, especially with Argentina and Ireland battling for the men’s title in tough looking pools," World Rugby Sevens General Manager Sam Pinder said

“This year we've also got the best 12 women’s teams also playing in Singapore, which is super exciting and super important. This is the first time that we've had combined tournaments across the entire SVNS and it's been fantastic.

“These women athletes who play in the sevens circuit are absolutely phenomenal. Leading into the Olympics, it's very competitive, and obviously, the New Zealand and Australian teams are leading from the top. That's going to be one hell of a battle for the title in Singapore.”


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