Gold Coast Sevens Pool D: ARG, WAL, FRA, POR

(IRB.COM) Monday 8 October 2012
 
 Gold Coast Sevens Pool D: ARG, WAL, FRA, POR
Argentina face the tough challenge of three European sides in Australia, including new core team Portugal

We profile the four teams making up Pool D at the Gold Coast Sevens, round 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series, with key stats on the team's World Series record and a lowdown on the man in charge.

ARGENTINA

Played: 573
Won: 313 (54.62%)
Tournaments : 106
Debut : Series 1 - Stellenbosch
Highest Score: 73-7 v UAE, Dubai 2011

Final ranking last season: 7th

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Coach: Andrés Romagnoli
Andrés “Pajaro” (bird) Romagnoli played for Argentina Under 19s and won three caps for Argentina in 2004, a year after his Argentina Sevens debut in Cardiff. In all he played 23 IRB Sevens tournaments between 2003 and 2008, scoring 27 tries, and was involved in Argentina’s first ever tournament win in Los Angeles in 2004. His final tournament as a player was Adelaide in 2008. An assistant coach since 2009, he takes over from Nicolás Fernández Lobbe as Puma Sevens head coach.

WALES

Played: 408
Won: 219 (53.68%)
Tournaments : 75
Debut : Series 2 - Dubai
Highest Score: 72 - 0 v SWAZILAND, Commonwealth Games 1998

Final ranking last season: 8th

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Coach: Paul John
Having taken over the Wales Sevens coaching reins from big characters such as Dai Rees, Gareth Baber and the late Colin Hillman, one of John's first acts was to lead the country to Rugby World Cup Sevens glory in Dubai in 2009. It was Wales' first ever World Cup win in any team sport. John had inherited a special group of players but managed them superbly and since then has formed a new, younger team, working hard on and off the pitch and improving constantly. A shrewd scout, he possesses a keen eye for talent and has sent the likes of Alex Cuthbert and Harry Robinson onto the test arena from Sevens. John was also a player of note with 10 test caps at scrum-half and the captain of Pontypridd RFC.

FRANCE

Played: 555
Won: 243 (43.78%)
Tournaments : 103
Debut : Series 1 - Dubai
Highest Score: 63 - 12 v CHINESE TAIPEI, Hong Kong 2010

Final ranking last season: 9th

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Coach: Frederic Pomarel
Alongside New Zealand's Gordon Tietjens, France's former coach Thierry Janeczek was the longest-serving of all the Sevens coaches, so it was some job to replace him last season. Pomarel took over the reins and, with contracted players, reached a Cup final as early as Dubai where they lost to England. Their form then dipped and he faces a tough task in bringing the best out of them consistently - brilliantly flamboyant one minute and bafflingly poor the next. From modest beginnings in Souillac, Pomarel proved himself and was handed the job of France national women’s Sevens coach and has since made the step up to the men’s, replacing Janeczek.

PORTUGAL

Played: 292
Won: 106 (36.30%
Tournaments : 55
Debut : Series 2 - Dubai
Highest Score: 50 - 0 v THAILAND, Hong Kong 2010

Final ranking last season: 15th

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Coach: Frederico Sousa
For a young man Portugal’s coach Frederico Sousa brings with him a wealth of international rugby experience. The 34-year-old only finished his playing career three years ago before moving into his first coaching role with the Direito Club. He was an assistant coach to the national team before taking over the reins of Portugal Sevens in December 2011 and was in charge when Portugal qualified as a core team at the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens. With 44 caps for the national team, including appearances at RWC 2007 in France, he has also played in two RWC Sevens (2001 and 2005) and captained the side.

Gold Coast Sevens

Round 1
11-12 October 2014
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
City: Gold Coast
Capacity: 27,400

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
SAM37
FRA35
JPN33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
WAL37
KEN35
ASA33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
FIJ39
AUS37
SCO34
POR34
Pool D
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ARG39
ENG37
USA35
CAN33
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Photos
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  • Fiji Gold Coast Sevens Cup winners
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