Aussie women land pool of death for Amsterdam Sevens

by Staff Writer

Fresh from their memorable victory at the inaugural London Sevens at Twickenham, the Qantas Australian Women's side has landed the "Pool of Death" for next weekend's tournament in the Netherlands.

Australia will face Russia, China and XV's 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup winners England in Pool B.

The event at the NRCA Stadium in Amsterdam represents the final leg of the 2014/15 Women's Sevens World Series season and progression to the Cup Quarter-Finals will ensure the team qualifies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Australia meet Russia first up with the Europeans having beaten the girls in gold on the one occasion the two teams have met this season. Russia defeated Tim Walsh's side (17-12) in the Cup Quarter-Finals in Langford last month.

Next up in Amsterdam will be a game against China. On the two occasions the sides have played each other throughout this season, Australia has run out comfortable winners - beating the Chinese 38-7 in Sao Paulo (including hat-tricks for Tiana Penitani and Emilee Cherry) and 40-0 in Langford.

Australia has played England twice this season and ran out winners on both occasions. The Aussies recorded a fine 29-10 Cup Quarter-Final win in Sao Paulo in February - a result that included tries from five different players, and a 24-12 victory in the Plate Semi-Final in Atlanta.

The Aussies currently sit second in the current Women's Sevens World Series standings ahead of Canada on points for and against throughout the season to date.

All of the action from Amsterdam will be streamed LIVE via worldrugby.org

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens fixtures in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22-23 May:

Australia v Russia, Pool B, 8.20pm, 22 May

Australia v China, Pool B, 11.04pm, 22 May

Australia v England, Pool B, 1.48am, 23 May

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