Pools confirmed for 2012 South African Sevens

Getty Images and James Mortimer     05 Dec 2012     Getty Images

The draw was made live on television before the Cup final of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, the second round of the 2012/13 season.

Hosts South Africa were drawn in a tough Pool A, where they will face Dubai winners Samoa, France and Australia.

New Zealand, the defending South Africa tournament champions, lost to Samoa in the Dubai final and head Pool B, which also includes their great rivals Fiji as well as auld enemies Scotland and England.

The third-ranked team in Dubai, Kenya, head Pool C and were drawn against Wales, Argentina and Spain.

Dubai surprise package quarter finalists Portugal and Canada will line up in Pool D with USA and African regional qualifiers, Zimbabwe.

New Zealand currently lead the World Series standings on 38 points after two rounds, followed by Fiji, Kenya, Samoa (32), France (27) and South Africa (24).