#Atlanta7s gets ready for kick off
Despite the efforts of one of the worst snow storms to hit Atlanta in 15 years, all twelve IRB Women's Sevens World Series teams are ready for kick off at Kennesaw State University.
Earlier this week heavy snows and ice in the state of Georgia threatened the likelihood of all teams, match officials and management getting to Atlanta for the second round of the tournament, as roads and airports were shut down.
However, Thursday and Friday saw the big freeze turn into a great thaw and IRB and USA Rugby volunteers got the shovels out, and cleared the pitches the old fashioned way!
Following on from a superb round one in Dubai, all teams are now focused on the task at hand, with kickoff on Saturday at 1pm local time.
Australia's women are coming off a memorable victory over inaugural Series winners New Zealand in the Cup Final in Dubai in November. After trailing 27-5 at half-time, the Aussies crossed the line four times after the break to seal a first title for the Australian Women's Sevens team.
Captain Sharni Williams is happy with the run-in to Atlanta.
"We're delighted with how our preparation for the upcoming tournament has gone. It has allowed us to be more professional than ever," said Williams.
"The whole team is riding a wave of momentum after the Dubai win and we are all keen to get back out there with a chance to win two Cups in as many tournaments. The young girls in the team are really starting to find their feet and everyone is looking forward to the challenge Atlanta, and then Sao Paulo the following week, brings."
Meanwhile New Zealand coach Sean Horan has welcomed some new younger players into his squad for the Atlanta and Sao Paulo rounds of the competition.
“Teenagers like teenagers Gayle Broughton (17) and Michaela Blyde (18) have been around our programme for a while now, so it’s really exciting for them to finally make the hurdle to pull on the jersey and they’ve brought some new enthusiasm, energy, some real competition to the group which is extraordinary.”
Round 2 of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series will be streamed live on wsws.irb.com on both Saturday and Sunday. The stream will be blocked for users in the USA, however it will be broadcast live on NBC Universal TV.
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IRB Women's Sevens World Series captains (L-R) Linda Franssen (NED), Marina Bravo (ESP), Shannon Houston (IRL), Anastasiya Mukhariamova (RUS), Jillion Potter (USA), Sharni Williams (AUS), Huriana Manuel (NZ), Jen Kish (CAN), Abi Chamberlain (ENG), Guan Quishi (CHI), Chiharu Nakamura (JPN), Tais Balconi (BRZ)