Pools locked in for Cape Town Sevens

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Beaten finalists in Dubai in the opening round, the Black Ferns will be without leader Sarah Hirini, who has been ruled out with a knee injury.

They are drawn with Brazil, Ireland and Great Britain in their pool for Cape Town. 

Brazil were impressive in their 14-26 loss to New Zealand in the quarterfinals in Dubai and will pose another big challenge in Cape Town.

Dubai champions Australia are in a pool with Fiji, Japan and Spain, while the third pool contains hosts South Africa, France, Canada and the USA.

In the men's half of the competition, Dubai champions for the fifth consecutive time, South Africa, are in a pool with Ireland, Britain and the USA.

South Africa, which has yet to qualify for the Sevens at the Paris Olympic Games next year, aims to maintain its winning consistency to secure a Games place as quickly as possible.

The hosts secured their first win over the All Blacks Sevens in five games during the Dubai season-opener.

The All Blacks Sevens are drawn in a tough pool with last year’s Cape Town Sevens winners Samoa alongside Australia and Canada, while beaten Dubai finalists Argentina face Fiji, France and Spain in their pool.

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