Pools drawn for USA Sevens in Las Vegas
The IRB has confirmed the pool draw for round 5 of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, USA on 10-12 February 2012.
The draw was made live on television before the Cup final of the Hertz Sevens in Wellington, the fourth round of the 2011/12 season, won by New Zealand.
As Wellington Sevens champions, New Zealand top pool A at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. They face a tough trio of matches against former Series champions Samoa, trans-Tasman rivals Australia and Japan.
Fiji reached their second Cup final of the Series in Wellington and, as runners-up, head Pool B and face matches against Canada, Argentina and tournament hosts, USA.
France were drawn top of Pool C and they face matches against South Africa, Wales and South American qualifiers, Uruguay.
Kenya headed the draw in Pool D, where the Series' third-ranked side England will start as favourites alongside Scotland and Brazil.
Following their second successive Cup win of the season, reigning Series champions New Zealand are now out on their own at the top of the HSBC Sevens World Series standings on 73, three clear of Fiji on 70 with England third on 64 and South Africa fourth with 61.
Cup winners - 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series
Round 1 - Gold Coast - Fijii
Round 2 - Dubai - England
Round 3 - Port Elizabeth - New Zealand
Round 4 - Wellington - New Zealand