Hong Kong Women's Sevens draw announced

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 27 February 2008
 Hong Kong Women's Sevens draw announced
Fijiana won the Pacific Sevens in December to kick start their preparations for the RWC Sevens in 2009 - Photo: Fiji Rugby Union

USA are the top seeds for the 11th Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens to be held on 27-28 March at So Kon Po Sports Ground and featuring 12 nations who will all be looking for strong performances ahead of their regional qualifiers for the first ever Rugby World Cup Sevens women’s competition in 2009.

The USA will be hoping to better their Plate success in 2007 and have been drawn in Pool A with the host nation Hong Kong and the Netherlands, who return to the tournament after missing out in 2007 when Aotearoa Maori of New Zealand beat Australia 21-0 to maintain their perfect record.

Kazakhstan, who lost that Plate final 26-5 to the USA, will face Fiji and Hong Kong debutants France in Pool B, the Fijiana Sevens team having last competed in the tournament’s debut year back in 1997.

Pool C is an all-Asian affair with Bowl winners China paired with Thailand and Japan, while Singapore and the Arabian Gulf will meet Canada, the side narrowly beaten 21-19 by the Chinese in last year’s Bowl final.

The final of the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens will be played at the Hong Kong Stadium on 28 March at 18:42 local time during the first day of the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens 2008 – the fifth leg of the IRB Sevens World Series.