Pools for Women's Sevens in London announced

by Staff Writer

World Rugby revealed the pools for the first day of the London Sevens overnight with the Qantas Australian Women's Sevens side drawn alongside Fiji, China and the USA.

Day One of the event, along with the all of the action except the 3rd Place Play-Off and Cup Final, will be held at the Twickenham Stoop. Those outstanding games will be played at Twickenham Stadium at the conclusion of Day One of the Men's tournament.

Elsewhere in London, series leaders New Zealand will line up against France, Brazil and Spain in Pool A, while Pool B looks like a real battle on paper with Canada, England, Russia and South Africa all drawn alongside each other.

Tim Walsh's side are no strangers to their opponents in London having played one of their Pool C adversaries in each tournament so far this season.

In the opening leg of the season in Dubai, a double from Charlotte Caslick and Emilee Cherry helped the Aussies to a comfortable win over Fiji (47-0).

Fiji and China were both accounted for in Brazil by the same scoreline (38-7) - Tiana Penitani registering a hat-trick against the Chinese in the Arena Barueri in Sao Paulo.

Emma Tonegato crossed the whitewash twice in the six-try demolition of Fiji in Atlanta (36-0), though the green and gold came unstuck against the USA (10-5) in the Cup Quarter-Final stage of the same tournament in the first meeting between the two sides in the 2014/15 series.

Australia played each of their London opponents in the most recent leg of the Women's Sevens World Series in Langford with mixed results. Ellia Green scored two tries as China were accounted for (40-0) but the Aussies were overpowered by an on-song USA (29-10) in the Plate Semi-Final. Fiji were beaten 22-0 as Australia ended their Canadian campaign on a bright note.

The home of England Rugby will play a crucial role in determining the 2014-15 Series winner as well as the first women's qualifiers for the Olympic Games in 2016. Australia are currently third in the 2014/15 Women's Sevens World Series with two rounds of the season remaining.

Qantas Australia Women's Head Coach Tim Walsh will announce the squad he will be taking to London early next week.

Fans in Australia will be able to stream all of the action live from The Stoop and Twickenham via worldrugby.org with Finals Day broadcast on FOX SPORTS.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens results in London, England, 15-16 May:

Australia v Fiji, Pool C, 9.44pm AEST

Australia v China, Pool C, 12.28am AEST

Australia v USA, Pool C, 3.34am AEST

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