Women's Sevens Series places up for grabs

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 8 July 2014
 Women's Sevens Series places up for grabs
Netherlands will be one team hoping to qualify in Hong Kong as a core side on the 2014/15 Series

The IRB has announced a qualifying tournament for the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series 2014/15 on 12-13 September at Shek Kip Mei stadium in Hong Kong.

With four places up for grabs as core teams on next season’s series, Japan, China, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Fiji, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Argentina will compete across three pools of four teams, with the top two from each pool, along with two best third-placed teams progressing to the quarter-final stage.

The four quarter-final winners will progress to the semis but, more importantly, win qualification as core teams on the 2014/15 Series, joining New Zealand, Australia, Russia, England, Spain, USA and Canada. A 12th team will be invited to participate at each tournament.

“These are exciting times for women’s Rugby Sevens,” said IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan (listen to an interview with Egan below).

“With the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro just over two years away, teams will have an eye on preparation for that and so we expect a hugely competitive and high-quality qualification tournament for next season’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.”

“I’d like to thank the Hong Kong RFU for hosting the tournament for what will surely be an exciting two days of international Sevens action.”

IRB announces panel of six referees to officiate Women's Series.

The list includes a referee from each of Australia, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Spain and USA and all were involved in last season’s series.

The full list is: Jessica Beard (New Zealand), Leah Berard (USA), Sara Cox (England), Gabriel Lee (Hong Kong), Alhambra Nievas (Spain) and Amy Perrett (Australia). As before, the panel will be joined by Rasta Rasivhenge of South Africa and Fiji’s James Bolabiu from the men’s panel for certain rounds of the series. Details of the dates and venues for next season’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series will be announced in due course.

Action: Final day of 2013/14 Women's Series