Glasgow 7s Pool C profile: FJI, WAL, ARG, KEN

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 29 April 2014
 
 Glasgow 7s Pool C profile: FJI, WAL, ARG, KEN
Fiji and Pio Tuwai take on Kenya in match 9 at Scotstoun Stadium this weekend

We look at the four teams representing four continents in Pool C in Glasgow - Fiji, Wales, Argentina and Kenya.

POOL PROFILE >>

Fiji - @fijirugby
Rd 1 - Australia: Plate winners 5th
Rd 2 - Dubai: 1st
Rd 3 - South Africa: Plate winners 5th
Rd 4 - USA: Bowl winners 9th
Rd 5 - NZ: 3rd
Rd 6 - Tokyo: 1st 
Rd 7 - Hong Kong: 3rd
Series rank: 3rd

Ben Ryan has brought a consistency and assuredness to Fiji's game. Some feared that a more structured gameplan would shackle the creativity of the Islanders, but if anything a little discipline has allowed them to express themselves all the more, largely because of the undoubted improvements in conditioning. Twice Cup winners already this season, they will be going all out for at least one more before the end of the season, including on Ryan's old patch at Twickenham.

Wales - @welshrugbyunion
Rd 1 - Australia: Cup QF
Rd 2 - Dubai: Plate runners-up 6th
Rd 3 - South Africa: Bowl SF
Rd 4 - USA: Bowl SF
Rd 5 - NZ: Bowl SF
Rd 6 - Tokyo: Bowl winners
Rd 7 - Hong Kong: Plate runners-up
Series rank: 10th

Losing an experienced, World Cup winning coach like Paul John would be a blow for any Sevens programme but coupled with Wales's injury woes this season it has left them in a tight spot. They haven't helped themselves at times with some lacklustre defence, but that has not been helped by the lack of a consistent line-up. Gareth Williams will have been heartened by the last two tournaments but will now want his big name players like Lee Williams and Adam Thomas to put in big shifts to capitalize on the 'home' support and lack of travel in these final two tournaments.

Argentina - @unionargentina
Rd 1 - Australia: Bowl SF
Rd 2 - Dubai: Plate winners 5th
Rd 3 - South Africa: 4th
Rd 4 - USA: Cup QF
Rd 5 - NZ: Cup QF
Rd 6 - Tokyo: Shield winners
Rd 7 - Hong Kong: Bowl SF
Series rank: 8th

Los Pumas had hit four successive Cup quarter finals in rounds 2-5 before stumbling at the last two hurdles in Tokyo and Hong Kong, where they reached only the Shield and Bowl competitions. That had a lot to do with personnel, coach Santiago Gomez Cora deprived of key players like captain Nicolas Bruzzone. But their slip-up is not likely to last for long and their presence in the bottom half of this group, with Kenya, makes this the group of death.

Kenya - @kenya7s
Rd 1 - Australia: Plate runners-up 6th
Rd 2 - Dubai: Cup QF
Rd 3 - South Africa: Cup QF
Rd 4 - USA: Bowl runners-up 10th
Rd 5 - NZ: Bowl winners 9th
Rd 6 - Tokyo: Cup QF 
Rd 7 - Hong Kong: Shield winners
Series rank: 9th

Big question marks remain here, not because of the men in charge but because of how they are playing. The game plan seems to have shifted considerably from last season, when they were so successful, and they have lacked the consistency and firepower they enjoyed in 2012/2013. Having said that, replacing the likes of Willie Ambaka - scorer of eight tries this season to help Lyon win promotion to France's top 14 - was never going to be easy, and there is probably a need for patience.

Glasgow Sevens

Round 8
9-10 May 2015
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
City: Glasgow
Capacity: 15,000

 
Pools
Pool A
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NZL39
RSA37
SAM35
POR33
Pool B
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CAN38
ENG38
FRA35
JPN33
Pool C
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FIJ39
KEN35
ARG35
WAL35
Pool D
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SCO39
AUS37
ESP35
USA33
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Photos
  • DJ Forbes and John Moonlight
  • Colin Gregor - Glasgow Sevens
  • Virimi Vakatawa - Glasgow Sevens