All you need to know - 2013 Hertz Wellington Sevens
irbsevens.com and James Mortimer 24 Dec 2012 Getty Images
The draw was made live on television before the Cup final of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens, the third round of the 2012/13 season, which was won by New Zealand.
As winners in South Africa, Wellington hosts New Zealand head Pool A and will face USA, England and Spain on day one.
Port Elizabeth runners-up France, who are now second in the World Series, head Pool B in New Zealand and face matches against Argentina, Kenya and regional qualifiers Tonga.
South Africa head Pool C and were drawn against Wales, Samoa and Canada.
Port Elizabeth surprise package and pool-toppers Portugal were drawn head of Pool D and face three tough matches against Fiji, Australia and Scotland.
After three of the nine rounds in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, defending champions New Zealand lead the standings on 60 points, ahead of France (46), Gold Coast champions Fiji (44), South Africa (41) and Dubai champions, Samoa (39).
All Blacks Sevens maestro excited
All Blacks Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, who was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame at Twickenham in May said he was looking forward to getting underway again, particularly against the backdrop of the London Olympics.
"It's been a real thrill watching the Olympics knowing we will be there in four years' time in Rio," said Tietjens.
"The success of our athletes there has been really inspiring and I am sure their performances will be a great motivator for the players."
New Zealand recorded their 10th World Series title in 13 years last season and players attending the camp include a mix of some from last year's champion World Series team and some who have yet to play for the All Blacks Sevens.
The Golden Tickets...
All 14,000 general admission tickets that went on sale for the 2013 Hertz Sevens at 9:00 NZ time on 7 November sold out in just 17 minutes.
At 8.55am over 5,000 people were already on the Ticketek website in anticipation of the usual battle for tickets.
The Hertz Sevens is round four of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2012/13, to be held at Westpac Stadium on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 February 2013.
"The countdown to the 2013 tournament is on and to sell out once again is great news for the tournament," said Hertz Sevens General Manager, Steve Walters.
"This year we had 14,000 tickets available for the general public sale, more than recent years due to tighter controls on our ticket allocations, so to still get this level of demand from our fans is sensational."
Fans who failed in their bid to secure tickets can join the waiting list, or view the tournament's ticketing packages for a VIP taste of the Hertz Sevens. GO THERE NOW >>
Organisers have added a dedicated rugby zone for 2013, tickets for which are offered to the rugby community through provincial unions, Wellington Rugby clubs and Wellington Rugby season members.
"The 2013 tournament will be a festival of Rugby Sevens and there will be something for everyone," added Walters.
“We want to celebrate the sport and with the recent Olympic fever, the build up to Rio 2016 will only get bigger and better."
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