Women’s side to contest Sevens series in Hong Kong
from ANTONY LANGAT in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – KENYA’S Lionesses are among the 12 teams that will take part in the qualifying tournament for the International Rugby Board Women’s Sevens World Series 2014-15 later this year.
The qualifiers are scheduled for June 12-13 in Hong Kong, the IRB announced.
With four places up for grabs in next season’s series, this 12-team qualifying tournament looks set to be extremely competitive with Japan, China, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Fiji, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Argentina all looking for a place at the top table.
The format of the tournament, which will be played at Shek Kip Mei Stadium, is based on three pools of four teams with the top two from each pool, along with two best third-placed teams progressing to the quarter-final stage.
The four winners of those quarters will progress to the semi-finals but, more importantly, will win qualification for the upcoming season’s Women’s Sevens World Series and join the top teams in the third season of that event.
The qualifiers will join core teams New Zealand, Australia, Russia, England, Spain, USA and Canada in the WSWS, with one more team invited to participate in the 12-team series.
“These are exciting times for women’s Rugby Sevens,” said IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan.
“With the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro just over two years away, teams will have an eye on preparation for that and so we expect a hugely competitive and high-quality qualification tournament for next season’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series,” said Egan.
– CAJ News
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