Australia and China, the Cup and Bowl champions
respectively at the first ever Rugby World Cup Women’s Sevens played
last weekend in Dubai, are more than likely to meet again this month at
the Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens (HKWRS).
Ten fully international women’s sevens
sides, including the Arabian Gulf, Australia, China,
Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore,
Thailand and Tunisia, will take part in the prestigious
competition, which is celebrating its 12th year in 2009.
The tournament will be played on
Friday, March 27, 2009 at Hong Kong Football Club, with
the Cup final held at the Hong Kong Stadium on the same
evening, (kick-off at 6:42pm), as part of the Cathay
Pacific / Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens.
This year’s tournament has again
attracted some of the premier national representative
teams from around the globe with half of the tournament
field having participated in the Rugby World Cup Sevens
2009. Those teams include Cup and Bowl winners Australia
and China, as well as Japan, Thailand and Tunisia on
their HKWRS debut this March. With all three of Asia’s
Rugby World Cup Sevens finalists participating, there is
an excellent chance for an Asian side to reach a Hong
Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens Cup Final for the first time
in the 12 years of the event in 2009.
For the draw, the 10 participating
teams were divided into two pools of five teams each.
Australia and China, were seeded based on their past
results in the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens and other
international and Asia regional women’s sevens
Women’s Rugby Sevens 2009 Draw
is the “Group of Death” with China, (RWC7s Bowl Winner
and Bowl Winner of the 2008 HKWRS), Japan (HKWRS Bowl
finalist in 2008), Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and
Thailand, Asia’s third representative at the recent
Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Pool B alongside the
Arabian Gulf (AGRFU), Singapore, Tunisia and Guam.
is the sixth year that the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby
Sevens is being title sponsored by Cable & Wireless.
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