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Twenty Eight Teams to Take Part in This Weekend's HSBC Sydney Sevens

Twenty-eight menís and womenís teams will take part in the HSBC Sydney Sevens this weekend.

The HSBC Sydney Sevens is the fourth tournament of the menís HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the third tournament for the women.

Defending HSBC Sydney Sevens champions for both men and women is Australia who triumphed at Allianz Stadium last year. This year the tournament will take place at Spotless Stadium, in the Sydney Olympic Park.

The competition kicks-off at 12:00 local time (GMT+11) on Friday, 1 February when Ireland plays Russia in the womenís tournament. New Zealand leads the series after winning both the Glendale (Canada) and Dubai tournaments and will be seeking a sixth successive title on the Series. Canada and USA lie second and third respectively while defending HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions Australia are fourth.

Twenty eight menís and womenís teams will take part in the HSBC Sydney Sevens this weekend. Defending HSBC Sydney Sevens champions for both men and women is Australia who triumphed at Allianz Stadium last year. This year the tournament will take place at Spotless Stadium, in the Sydney Olympic Park. Click to enlarge.

The menís tournament kicks-off at 09:00 local time on Saturday, 2 February when Scotland takes on Japan. Fiji who won last weekendís HSBC New Zealand Sevens sit atop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series along with USA who has finished second in all three tournaments to date.

Fiji will also be seeking a third title in a row in this yearís series having won in Cape Town and Hamilton.

Sharni Williams, the Australian womenís captain this weekend, said, ďWe have been counting down the days to the Sydney Sevens as it is our home tournament. We have trained well and are ready to hit the ground running. Last year the crowd was awesome and we expect a lot of support this year which is a big help, especially when the going gets tough. Itís that one percent that can make the difference.Ē

When asked if the team could follow last yearís success when they did not concede a single try, she added, ďThis is a new year and a new team. We have some young talent in the team so we are looking forwards not back. Our focus here at Olympic Park is to ensure we do well, finish in the top four of the Series and secure one of the Olympic Sevens qualifying positions.Ē

USA captain, Madison Hughes, said, ďWe are excited about the weekend and we are playing well, of course we finished second again last weekend in Hamilton. It is great to make the finals but at some stage we want to take the next step for a victory. Optimistic about doing that, we have worked hard and it is just our form in the finals that has let us down. We came out of last weekend reasonably unscathed. We did lose Perry Baker to injury but the rest of the squad is fine.Ē

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