UPDATE: World Rugby confirms broadcaster as Sevens fixtures are confirmed for Dubai

Thu, 25/11/2021, 01:00 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Australia faced off against Oceania at day three of the Oceania Sevens at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The Sevens fixtures have been confirmed for the opening leg of the World Series in Dubai on November 27-28.

Both the women's and men's teams have been drawn in Group A as they make their first appearance on the tour since February and March 2020 respectively.

Catch all the action on the HSBC Sevens World Series website & App as well as World Rugby Facebook and YouTube

After a fifth-place finish in Tokyo, the 2016 Rio gold medalist women's side have been drawn alongside France, USA, Spain and Brazil.

Australia will kick off the tournament on November 27 against USA at 3:48 pm (AEDT time), resuming their rivalry from the Olympics.

The Aussies were stunned by two late tries in their group stages match as USA topped group C.

They would gain a measure of revenge in the 5th-8th playoff, defeating them 17-7.

John Manenti's side will finish the day against Spain (6:50 pm AEDT) before facing Brazil (4:22 pm) and Olympic silver medalists France (7:23 pm) on day two.

The highest-ranked side from each pool will contest the final, with the runners up battling it out for third.

Meanwhile, the men's side will face the difficult challenge of gold medalists Fiji, Canada and France.

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Australia starts their tournament against Canada (6:00 pm AEDT) in a re-match of their seventh-place playoff at the Olympics, won by the Aussies 26-7.

They will then face France (9:30 pm AEDT) before a rematch with Fiji (2:33 am) to close out the day.

Tim Walsh and the men's side were knocked out of the quarter-finals by the Fijians, who went on to be crowned champions.

World Rugby currently holds the rights for the Sevens World Series.

With the action set to kick off this week, they have confirmed it will be available to stream via the HSBC Sevens World Series website & App as well as World Rugby Facebook and YouTube.

AUSTRALIAN SEVENS FIXTURES FOR DUBAI I

*All times AEDT and all games at ‘The Sevens’

MEN’S FIXTURES

Friday 26th November - Australia v Canada (6:00 pm)

Friday 26th November - Australia v France (9:30 pm)

Saturday 27th November - Australia v Fiji (2:30 am)

WOMEN’S FIXTURES

Friday 26th November - Australia v USA (3:48 pm)

Friday 26th November - Australia v Spain (6:50 pm)

Saturday 27th November - Australia v Brazil (4:22 pm)

Saturday 27th November - Australia v France (7:23 pm)

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