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Fans ready for action as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series continues in Dubai

Thu, 02/12/2021, 09:00 am
Oceania Rugby
by Oceania Rugby

The 12 men’s and 10 women’s teams competing in the second round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 in Dubai on 3-4 December are looking forward to a rousing reception from an enthusiastic crowd as fans return to The Sevens Stadium.

The second Emirates Dubai 7s event in succession follows last weekend’s series opener which saw South Africa and Australia win the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

Matches in Dubai will be played across two pitches and will get under way at 09:00 local time (GMT+4) on Friday 3 December with France v Great Britain in women’s Pool B.

At the end of two full days of speed, skill and drama on the pitch, the women’s gold medal final will take place at 18:56 on Saturday 4 December, followed by the men’s final at 19:26 (all times local).

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The men’s competition in Dubai sees the 12 teams divided into three pools of four teams, replicating the Olympic competition format.

South Africa will begin their campaign to win a fourth round of the Series in succession in Pool A against Great Britain, Ireland and Japan.

Pool B sees last weekend’s silver medallists USA take on Australia, Kenya, Canada.

While Pool C includes Olympic gold and bronze medallists Fiji and Argentina respectively, alongside France and Spain.

USA’s Stephen Tomasin is looking forward to the return of the fans: “Last weekend was a great start to the season for us. We showed that we can take lessons learned from one day and apply them to the next. From here, we have to show consistency and improvement in slight aspects of how we play. There’s no better place to do that than in front of 50,000 roaring fans in Dubai.”

In the women’s competition the 10 teams are divided into two pools of five with each team playing each other in the pool. The pool placings will decide the classification matches, with no quarter or semi-finals, meaning the teams who top their respective pools will contest the gold medal final.

Australia will enter Pool A in confident mood following victory last weekend, their first title on the Series since 2018. They will face in form Russia and fast improving Brazil who recorded their best ever result with sixth place last weekend following consistently impressive performances. Canada and Spain complete the Pool A line-up.

A strong looking Pool B includes three of the top four placed teams from the Olympic Games in Tokyo as silver medallists France, bronze medallists Fiji and fourth placed Great Britain prepare to do battle alongside USA and Ireland.

France captain Jade Ulutule said: “It was exciting to be back on the World Series last weekend but this weekend with the fans is going to be even more exceptional. It is quite different playing in the heat here in Dubai compared to the temperature in France right now, but we know why we came here and we know what we want so we’re going to go for it. The team is in good shape and we know what we have to improve from last weekend to reach the final, we have worked on that after our recovery and coming back to training this week so we are going to be ready for this weekend.”

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