Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The final stop on the IRB World Series: The Edinburgh, Scotland 7’s has announced the pool breakdowns for the tournament.
IRB Sevens Manager Beth Coalter added: “Once again this year the Series will reach its climax in Scotland, the birthplace of Sevens, and it is anyone’s guess who will be crowned overall champion with things so tight at the top.”
In what may be yet another first for the USA, the team heads Pool D based on their success at the last few stops on the IRB Series. With just two tournaments remaining, the USA has a chance to improve upon their most successful IRB Series ever.
As should be expected at any IRB Series event, the pool will not be easy even though the USA comes in as the pool leader. The USA will face off against Fiji, Wales, and the hosts Scotland.
Fiji is well… Fiji and they’ll be a tough opponent. The USA has struggled against Fiji this season. Could this be the tournament where they knock off the mighty Fiji?
The USA and Wales have played some very tight games over the years and this season hasn’t been any different. The teams are evenly matched and this game should prove to be very important to both teams and their hopes of reaching the Cup Round.
Scotland poses the most interesting of the three opponents. Given their form on the IRB Series this season, it’s easy to say that the USA will roll over the hosts. But, if last season is any indication, Scotland will load up for the home crowd. Last season, Scotland loaded their lineup with Scottish Internationals and advanced to the Cup Semifinals and in the process knocked off tournament favorites England and Samoa.
A repeat performance isn’t out of the question.
Here is a look at the pools for the Edinburgh, Scotland 7’s