IRB reveals new Women's Sevens qualifying tournament

IRB     09 Jul 2014     IRB

With four places up for grabs as core teams on next season’s series, Japan, China, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Fiji, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Argentina will compete across three pools of four teams, with the top two from each pool, along with two best third-placed teams progressing to the quarter-final stage.

The four quarter-final winners will progress to the semis but, more importantly, win qualification as core teams on the 2014/15 Series, joining New Zealand, Australia, Russia, England, Spain, USA and Canada. A 12th team will be invited to participate at each tournament.

“These are exciting times for women’s Rugby Sevens,” said IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan (listen to an interview with Egan below).

“With the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro just over two years away, teams will have an eye on preparation for that and so we expect a hugely competitive and high-quality qualification tournament for next season’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.”

“I’d like to thank the Hong Kong RFU for hosting the tournament for what will surely be an exciting two days of international Sevens action.”