WSWS finale to stream live from Amsterdam
With the final round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series all set to kick off this weekend, the IRB has confirmed that the event will be streamed live from Amsterdam on wsws.irb.com.
The tournament takes place this Friday and Saturday (May 17 and 18) in the Dutch capital and will bring this epic inaugural Series to an end.
The Series, which also included tournaments staged in Dubai, Houston and Guangzhou, is currently led by New Zealand on 54 points, followed by England on 46 and Australia on 38 points.
The action kicks off on Friday morning in Amsterdam when Australia face Spain, but one of the highlights will be later in the day when hosts the Netherlands take on New Zealand.
"It's really nice to be here in Amsterdam, to play in front of our home crowd, and it's a great opportunity to show everyone what we are up to, and we want to give a great performance this weekend," said Dutch captain Linda Franssen, speaking at a captains’ photo-shoot in Amsterdam today.
"There is no added pressure by the big games, just more excitement in the camp."
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New Zealand have been impressive in the Series so far and are hoping to end the season on a high, according to their captain Huriana Manuel.
"It's been a successful year for us but it's important to come away with a win in Amsterdam. We don't take anything lightly and with the Rugby World Cup Sevens coming up in Moscow in June, we see this as a dress rehearsal so we'll be really bringing it to this tournament," said Manuel.
"It would mean the world to us to win the World Series. We train very hard and we come to these tournaments wanting to win. To head into the World Cup with the series title, it would just mean the world to us."
One of the aims of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series is to give leading players the chance to experience elite level, high performance competition across the globe.
This weekend, 12 sides will aim to showcase the benefits gained from that experience, especially with Rugby World Cup Sevens taking place in Moscow on June 28-30.
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Women's Rugby is one of the fastest-growing team sports in the world and, in 2016, the finest female players will take their place alongside their male counterparts in Rio de Janeiro when Rugby returns to the Olympic Games.
The inception of an international series is a key milestone in the ongoing development of both the competitive standards and the professionalism of the Women’s Game.