The Australian round of the HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Series 2020 will be hosted at Bankwest Stadium in Western Sydney
for the first time, with 28 teams set to take part on 1-2 February.
Olympic gold medallists and hosts Australia
currently sit second in the overall womenís standings with the
Black Ferns Sevens leading the way after winning the last three
rounds in Dubai, Cape Town and Hamilton.
"Playing on home
soil is the best feeling ever, I keep saying it but itís kind of
indescribable Ė it just gives you that one per cent extra," said
Australia captain, Sharni Williams. "I was so proud that we
got to play in New Zealand but also for them [the Black Ferns
Sevens] to experience their first home tournament and to
understand how amazing it is."
Australiaís men and women
both lifted the trophy at the HSBC Sydney Sevens in 2018, which
Williams admits is a motivator heading into this weekend.
"When we lifted the trophy alongside the men it was an experience
and a memory that you hold onto. It creates you into a person that
you didnít think you could be and you go out there and you perform
every single day a little bit more knowing that youíve been able
to lift that trophy in your hometown."
counterparts won their first medal of the season in Hamilton after
defeating England 33-21 in the bronze final at FMG Stadium.
"Last weekendís performance was really pleasing Ė it was our
best result of the year so far and the things that we worked on, particularly our defence, really shone through," said captain Nick
Malouf. "Whatís exciting is that we came away with third place, but we know weíve got lots more better performances in us
if we tidy up those results against Fiji and New Zealand."
Malouf is relishing the opportunity to play in front of a home
crowd and at the Bankwest Stadium for the first time.
stadium is unbelievable, if you look around the supporters are
right on top of you and thatís going to create an amazing atmosphere, and when weíve got our friends and family in the crowd
too, itís going to be really good."
Rugby Australia and
World Rugby will, together in partnership, support the ongoing
bushfire situation in Australia this weekend by donating $1,000
for every try scored by Australiaís men and women to the bushfire
The HSBC Sydney Sevens is the fifth tournament
in the womenís series and the fourth in the menís this season. The
series culminates in Paris on 30-31 May before 24 menís and
womenís teams will travel to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
The action gets underway at 09:30 local time
(GMT+11) on Saturday when USA face Fiji in the womenís
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