Edinburgh 7S: Pool Preview

DAY ONE (Saturday 29 May) – THE POOLS
On day one each side goes head to head in the pools with the teams’ pool position at the end of day one (Saturday) determining which competition they progress to on day two (Sunday). First and second place go into the cup, third to the Bowl and fourth to the Shield (beaten cup quarter-finalists form the second-tier Plate competition).

Pool A – Samoa, Argentina, Kenya, France
Pool B – New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Italy
Pool C – Australia, England, Canada, Portugal
Pool D – USA, Fiji, Wales, Scotland

Read on for the full pool preview...

DAY ONE (Saturday 29 May) – THE POOLS
On day one each side goes head to head in the pools with the teams’ pool position at the end of day one (Saturday) determining which competition they progress to on day two (Sunday). First and second place go into the cup, third to the Bowl and fourth to the Shield (beaten cup quarter-finalists form the second-tier Plate competition).

 

 

 

 

 

 


POOL A

POOL B 

POOL C 

POOL C

Samoa

New Zealand

Australia

USA

Argentina

South Africa

England

Fiji

Kenya 

Russia

Canada

Wales

France

Italy

Portugal

Scotland

Pool A – Samoa, Argentina, Kenya, France
Series leaders Samoa will fancy their chances of topping this group while keeping a close eye on the progress of series rivals New Zealand in the neighbouring pool. The tournament’s opening match between Samoa and the lightning quick Kenya (buoyed by their London 7s Shield win) will undoubtedly be a cracker while London 7s cup semi-finalists Argentina have proven that they are capable of beating any team in the pool.

Pool B – New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Italy
Second in the Series, New Zealand, will first and foremost want to top this group though series holders and London 7s runners-up South Africa are unlikely to make that an easy task. If Samoa and New Zealand both top their respective tables they’ll be kept apart until the final (if they both make it) where runners-up points would be enough for Samoa to win the Series – though they could of course meet in a crucial quarter-final if one finishes top and the other second. Look out for the increasingly impressive and incredibly physical Russians.

Pool C – Australia, England, Canada, Portugal
Pool C is a group packed with talent. The London 7s cup winning Ozzies were electric at Twickenham and would gladly run that form into and through “the Poms” for the second successive week. By their own high standards, London was a disappointing tournament for England who exited the competition without a day-two win. They will look to redress their form in Edinburgh but will have their hands full in a pool that also features London 7s Bowl winners and Bowl runners-up, Canada and Portugal.

Pool D – USA, Fiji, Wales, Scotland
Currently placed third in the Series, defending Edinburgh 7s champions Fiji provide a fantastic start to Scotland 7s’ Pool D action on Saturday as the hosts bid to continue their run of consecutive successes on British soil over the south-sea islanders – having beaten them 19-14 at Murrayfield in 2008, and 12-7 in London in 2009. In a very tough group, Scotland will then face the USA (London 7s Bowl semi-finalists), before finishing day one against Wales (London 7s Plate semi-finalists).

Go to www.edinburgh7s.com for a full fixture list...


The Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s is the eighth and final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series. It will be held at Murrayfield on 29 and 30 May 2010.
Tickets are available at www.edinburgh7s.com by calling the 24-hour Ticket Hotline – 0844 335 3933 or in person from the Murrayfield Ticket Centre, Gate A, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh (open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).
Rugby Sevens will be one of the showpiece events of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ticket prices
Adult one day advance ticket - £15 (£20 on the day)
One day student and under-18 - £10 and £5
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