The pools and match schedule
for the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens (20-21 April), the fourth round of
the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2019, have been
women’s competition passes the halfway mark, the race for the
coveted world series title continues with teams also competing to
secure their ticket to Tokyo 2020 as the series acts as principle
route for Olympic qualification.
Kitakyushu follows on
from the HSBC Sydney Sevens which saw New Zealand claim victory
over hosts Australia, winning six tournaments in a row for the
second time in HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series history.
Hosted in the Mikuni World Stadium for the third year running,
the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens welcomes the 11 series core teams and
invitational team Japan.
Current series leaders and defending Kitakyushu champions
New Zealand will face France, who took home silver at last year’s tournament after reaching their first Cup final on the series,
Russia and invitational team Japan in Pool A.
bronze medalists in Kitakyushu in 2018, will take on Canada,
Spain and China in Pool B.
USA, currently second in the
series standings, are drawn in Pool C alongside Ireland, who
reached their first series Cup semi-final in Sydney earlier this
month, Fiji and England.
Tadashi Okamura, said, "The HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series
will be held in Kitakyushu again this year for the third
consecutive year. I am very pleased not only this world-class
tournament will be held in Japan but also it will give an
opportunity to players and management of participating unions to
experience Japanese culture during the tournament. The
Japan women's national rugby sevens team, the Sakura Sevens, will
participate in the tournament as an invitational team this time,
however, they are aiming to be promoted and be a core team for
next year’s series following the qualifier which will be held
before the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens 2019. 2020 is also the
year when the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held, so I will be
grateful if we can attract much of the attention for this year’s
Kitakyushu Sevens from many people both inside and outside Japan."
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.