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Wed, 29 Jan 2020

HSBC Sydney Sevens to Take Place at Bankwest Stadium on 1-2 February

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 womens 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 its kind of indescribable 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."

Australia in action against Scotland during the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Australias 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 didnt think you could be and you go out there and you perform every single day a little bit more knowing that youve been able to lift that trophy in your hometown."

Their male counterparts won their first medal of the season in Hamilton after defeating England 33-21 in the bronze final at FMG Stadium.

"Last weekends performance was really pleasing 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. "Whats exciting is that we came away with third place, but we know weve 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.

"This stadium is unbelievable, if you look around the supporters are right on top of you and thats going to create an amazing atmosphere, and when weve got our friends and family in the crowd too, its 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 Australias men and women to the bushfire relief fund.

The HSBC Sydney Sevens is the fifth tournament in the womens series and the fourth in the mens this season. The series culminates in Paris on 30-31 May before 24 mens and womens teams will travel to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The action gets underway at 09:30 local time (GMT+11) on Saturday when USA face Fiji in the womens competition.

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