wsws.irb.com and James Mortimer 29.Mar.2013
And as preparations towards Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 also continue, the first live streaming from the series will make the matches available online for Rugby fans all over the world.
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Significant boost for Rugby in China
Free entry to the event in Guangzhou University Town Stadium
Weekend's games to be streamed around the world on wsws.irb.com
Fans in Guangzhou and web users will be able to watch 12 international sides from all over the globe competing at the 50,000 seater Guangzhou University Town Stadium, including the six core teams - Australia, Canada, England, Netherlands, New Zealand and USA.
The event will see Ireland, Fiji and Tunisia make their series debuts, ahead of their participation in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow on 28-30 June.
Tournament hosts China, alongside Japan and South America qualifiers Brazil, make up the 12 teams in the landmark event.
Having won the opening round of the series in Dubai, and then finishing fourth in Houston, New Zealand's women lead the series at the halfway stage. Sean Horan's side heads pool A and faces another core team, the Netherlands, as well as South American champions Brazil and African qualifiers, Tunisia.
New Zealand currently lead the standings on 34 points with a slender lead from Australia (30) and England (28), and only 10 clear of two surprise packages, Russia and South Africa (24).
IRB Women’s Sevens World Series 2012/13
Round 1 – UAE: Dubai, 30 November-1 December, 2012 – 7he Sevens Stadium (winners New Zealand)
Round 2 – USA: Houston, Texas, 1-2 February, 2013 - BBVA Compass Stadium (winners England)
Round 3 – China: Guangzhou, 30-31 March 2013 - Guangzhou University Town Stadium
Round 4 – Netherlands: Amsterdam, 17-18 May 2013 - NRCA Stadium
* Rugby World Cup Sevens, Moscow, 28-30 June 2013
Guangzhou City is the third largest city in China. It has an estimated population of 12.7 million and is one of China’s leading commercial and manufacturing regions.
The city hosted the Asian Games in 2010, including the Rugby Sevens competition, which was one of the most successful events at the Games with capacity crowds of 30,000 filling the University Town Stadium.
There are currently 7,000 Rugby players in China with an objective in place to significantly increase that number over the next 12 months within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding.