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The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 Pool Allocation Draw will take place at Petroff Palace, Moscow, on February 28. A banded draw of qualified teams will be used for both the men’s and women’s RWC Sevens competition to be played in the Russian capital from June 28-30.
The men’s seeding takes into account the past two full HSBC Seven World Series seasons as well as the events in the current season up to the date of the draw. The IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup tournaments held last year provided international Rugby Sevens competition for the first time since RWC Sevens 2009 and this, together with the first two rounds of the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, has enabled the current playing strength of teams to be used to band teams.
For the men’s competition, teams will be divided into six pools of four and play in a round-robin format over the first two days before progressing to the knock-out phase on the final day. The women’s teams will be split into four pools of four and play in a round-robin format over the first day of their competition (June 29) before progressing to knock-out phase on the final day. This will provide a total of 100 Sevens matches over the three days.
Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “We have just concluded a very successful Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw in London and now it’s RWC Sevens turn. The HSBC Sevens World Series is extremely competitive these days and the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series has already provided some close encounters with the playing strength of so many of the teams having changed dramatically since RWC Sevens 2009.
“Preparations for RWC Sevens 2013 in Moscow have been going well. Tickets are on sale, travel packages for overseas supporters are available and the teams are preparing. It looks like it’s going to be a great tournament in what is an exciting new location for top level international Rugby. The banding system for all qualified teams will reward consistency in performances and will provide an excitement for the draw.”
The 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams have nearly all been determined with only the South America region yet to hold its qualifying tournament. That event will take place on February 23-24 in Rio de Janeiro, the location for Rugby’s historic return to the Olympic Games programme in 2016.
Qualified teams for RWC Sevens 2013
Men’s: Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tonga, Tunisia, USA, Wales and Zimbabwe. The final place will be taken by the winners of the South American Sevens Championship in Rio de Janeiro on February 23-24.
Women’s: Australia, Canada, China, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia and USA. The final place will be taken by the winners of the South American Sevens Championship in Rio de Janeiro on February 23-24.