Aussies to face France in Dubai series opener

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by Beth Newman in Japan

Australia will face off against their Rio foes, France, in the first tournament of the 2016-17 series in Dubai.


Australia has been drawn in Pool D for the competition, after finishing fourth in the 2015-16  series, and will take on the French, who unravelled their Rio campaign inflicting a 31-14 opening round defeat on the Aussies.


Kenya and Japan will make up the remainder of that pool for Dubai, with a competition featuring 16 teams from around the world.


Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand headline the three other pools in the series-opening tournament, kicking off on December 2.


The Kiwis will have England, Samoa and Russia in their group, while South African faces off against the USA, Scotland and a yet-to-be-determined team.


Fiji has Argentina, Wales and Canada alongside it in Pool A.


The women will play a concurrent tournament in Dubai but the pools for that have not yet been drawn.