Sevens pools confirmed for Olympics

Mon, 28/06/2021, 08:00 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Australia faced off against New Zealand at day three of the Oceania Sevens at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The Sevens pools have been confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with Australia's men side set to face off against arch-rivals New Zealand.

The two nations faced off at the Oceania Sevens Tournament last weekend, with the All Blacks Sevens side coming away victorious in two close encounters.

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They are joined in Pool A by Argentina and the Republic of Korea, who qualified for Tokyo by winning the Asian qualification tournament.

Pool B will see Fiji and England joined by Canada and Japan, which pits three of the top four from the World Sevens against each other whilst South Africa, and the USA round out Pool C, alongside Kenya and Ireland.

“Every pool is highly competitive, and we’ll need to be on form every game to secure a quarter final spot," men's coach Tim Walsh said.

“New Zealand are currently World Champions while Argentina has won their last three tournaments against the likes of medal contenders USA and GB. There’s no skirting around the challenge we face.

'It will come down to how we prepare as a team, every individual has a role to play, and as a coach, I want them to walk off the field with no regrets that they’ve played their part."

Australia faced off against Oceania at day three of the Oceania Sevens at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Meanwhile, the defending gold-medalist women will take on hosts Japan, China and the USA in Pool C.

The USA loom as the main threats for John Manenti's side, having finished second in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019

In Pool A, current Rugby World Cup Sevens and World Series title holders New Zealand will face the Russian Olympic Committee team, Great Britain and Kenya. Pool B is headlined by Rio 2016 bronze medallists Canada, who are joined by France, Fiji and Brazil.

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Head coach John Manenti said: “We had many battles with the USA in the last few legs of the World Series, and we’re looking forward to that continuing come Games time.'

“There is no doubt Japan will have a stadium of 10,000 people behind them, and we can’t underestimate the strength that it will provide the side, while China is a bit of an unknown, having only recently joined the series.

“As a team, we’ll be looking to start our campaign strong and use that momentum to carry us beyond the pool stages and into the finals."

The men's and women's teams will be confirmed on July 2, with fixtures released on July 7.

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