Posted @ 12/18/2014 By ARU Media UnitPosted in [ ARU Media ] | 0 Comments
The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team has been drawn in Pool B for the second leg of the 2014/15 World Rugby Women's Sevens World Series in Sao Paulo, Brazil (8-9 February).
Head Coach Tim Walsh's side play tournament hosts and the only team to date to have qualified for Rio 2016 - Brazil - in their opening tie.
Australia then take on China before rounding out the pool stage with a blockbuster clash against Fiji.
Despite dismantling the islanders (47-0) in the Cup Quarter-Finals in Dubai, that same day Fiji bounced back with a win over a vastly-improved United States side. In the Plate Final at the same tournament, Fiji only lost to a much-vaunted England team in golden point extra-time.
Tim Walsh said: "It's an interesting group for us, one that if we are not on our game then we could get punished. As always, we'll be looking to go to Brazil with the ultimate objective of winning the tournament, but we're under no illusions that we must give Day One our full attention first and foremost.
"Playing against Brazil on their home soil whatever the sport is always a challenge. Even though we love playing there, the Brazilians will have the familiarity of home ground advantage and they won't want to disappoint their own fans.
"China are an interesting team. They probably didn't get the results they would want in Dubai - however, they were in a really tough group that included New Zealand.
"As always, Fiji bring their own style. After the way in which we beat them in the Quarter-Finals in Dubai, a lot of teams would have found it hard to come back from. But the way in which they beat the USA and ran England so close shows what character that group has and full credit to them.”
Australia head to Brazil looking to retain the title they won in February 2014, when they produced some of their most exciting football in the inaugural Women’s Sevens World Series event in South America. The Women’s team currently sit second in the 2014/15 Sevens World Series standings behind New Zealand after a runners-up finish in Dubai earlier this month.
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens fixtures for Sao Paulo, Brazil on 8-9 February (AEDT):
Australia v Brazil, Pool B, 12.22am (AEDT), 8 February
Australia v China, Pool B, 2.44am (AEDT), 8 February
Australia v Fiji, Pool B, 5.28am (AEDT), 8 February
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