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No easy pools on the Gold Coast

08th November 2011 09:02


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Pool A: New Zealand take on Fiji

The pools for the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series on Australia's Gold Coast have been drawn.

As defending World Series champions, New Zealand were automatically seeded first and placed top of Pool A for the opening round on the Gold Coast, while last season's runners-up South Africa were seeded second and placed top of Pool B.

From the remaining teams in the top band of eight, Samoa and England were drawn into Pools C and D respectively.

Fiji, hosts Australia, Argentina and Wales were then drawn into Pools A, B, C and D respectively, meaning that New Zealand will face Fiji and Australia will take on South Africa in two of the most eye-catching matches on the first day of the new season.

The second band of teams drawn comprised the nations ranked from ninth to twelfth last season - Kenya, France, Scotland and USA - while the third band of teams was made up of the four regional qualifiers for the event - Japan, Tonga, PNG and Niue.

In future, the pool draw for each Round of the HSBC Sevens World Series will take place before the Cup final at the preceding event.

Round One - Australia leg

Pool A New Zealand, Fiji, Kenya, Niue

Pool B South Africa, Australia, USA, Japan

Pool C Samoa, Argentina, France, PNG

Pool D England, Wales, Scotland, Tonga

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