Tough draw for Wellington winners

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 19:13
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England, winners of the Wellington leg at the weekend, will face a tough draw in Round Five of the IRB Sevens World Series in Las Vegas next week.

The IRB confirmed the pool draw for the United States tournament - to be staged in Vegas from February 8 to 10.

As winners in Wellington, England head Pool A and play Fiji in their opening match and will also face Scotland and Portugal.

Wellington runners-up Kenya meet South Africa, whom they beat in the Cup quarterfinals in New Zealand, as well as Canada and regional qualifiers Uruguay, in Pool B.

Pool C consists of series leaders New Zealand, Argentina, France and reigning RWC Sevens champions Wales.

USA Sevens hosts the US Eagles will line up in Pool D alongside Samoa, Australia and Spain.

After four of the nine rounds in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, defending champions New Zealand lead the standings on 77 points, ahead of Kenya (56), Samoa (54) and Fiji, France and South Africa (all 51).

Las Vegas pools:
Pool A: England, Scotland, Fiji, Portugal
Pool B: Kenya, South Africa, Canada, Uruguay
Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, France, Wales
Pool D: Samoa , Australia, Spain, United States