Pools for the Sydney 7s tournament is set to kick off on January 27th at Allianz Stadium have been confirmed by the World Rugby.
In Pool A, the Hamilton 7s champions Argentina will face off against the tournament hosts, Australia, as well as Great Britain and Canada. This group promises to be highly competitive, with all teams looking to make a strong start to the tournament.
Pool B features the current World 7s Series leaders New Zealand, as well as South Africa, Kenya 7s and Uruguay. New Zealand and SA will be the favorites in the group, but Kenya will be looking to cause upsets and progress to the knockout stages for the first time this season.
Pool C sees the USA, Ireland, Samoa, and Spain competing. Finally, Pool D features France, Fiji, Tonga, and Japan. Fiji will be the favorites to top the group, but France will be looking to push them all the way.
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How will relegation be decided from the men’s Series 2023?
The 15th ranked core team based on accumulated Series points following the tenth round in Toulouse will be relegated. The teams ranked 12th, 13th and 14th at the end of Toulouse will enter a four-team relegation play-off together with the Challenger Series 2023 winners at the eleventh and final round of the Series in London.
The relegation play-off will be round-robin format with the top two teams then playing a final. The winner will become the 12th core team on the 2024 Series, while the other three teams will enter their respective Regional Sevens Championships in order to qualify for the 2024 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series. The Challenger Series will continue to provide a pathway for teams to qualify for the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Pools for the HSBC Sydney 7s 2023 announced
Pool A: Argentina, Australia, Great Britain , Canada
Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya 7s, Uruguay
Pool C: USA, Ireland, Samoa, Spain
Pool D France, Fiji, Tonga, Japan