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An invitation was received last month for Auckland Rugby to field a sevens side in this tournament, featuring clubs from several nations.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for many of our young sevens players to take on teams from around the world in this new tournament. It's another indication of how Sevens Rugby is really growing in stature and popularity across the globe, both in traditional and non-traditional rugby nations," said Auckland Rugby CEO, Andy Dalton.
The Auckland Sevens team for this tournament will be coached by Waisake Sotutu, former Auckland Sevens and provincial representative. He was assistant coach of the 2012 ARU Sevens side and is currently employed as an ARU Regional Development coach.
Premiership Rugby has released the pool allocation for the 12 teams in the two-day tournament which will see Auckland play three other teams in pool play including a side from the ACT Brumbies.
“I am delighted that we have been able to assemble a who’s who of world rugby for the World Club 7s,” said Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby. “This will be a truly elite event as the rugby world builds towards the return of rugby into the Olympics in 2016.
Winner of J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series
VVA Moscow Region
DHL Western Province
San Francisco *
Vodacom Blue Bulls
* The second American team is now San Francisco
At the conclusion of the Pool matches, the teams in each Pool will be ranked 1 to 4. The top two from each of the three Pools will qualify automatically for the Cup Quarter-Finals and the remaining two Cup Quarter-Final places will be given to the two highest ranked third placed teams from the three pools.
The teams placed 9 to 12 following the Pool matches will play in the Shield.