IRB (Tuesday, January 14)
The organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have today confirmed the teams and pools for the Rugby Sevens at this summer’s Games.
The sixteen teams who will strive for the coveted Gold medal in front of packed audiences at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium are:
Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, England, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Wales.
Reigning champions New Zealand, who have won all four Commonwealth Gold medals to date, have been drawn in Pool A alongside Canada, Nigeria and tournament hosts, Scotland.
Delhi silver medallist Australia and bronze medallist South Africa are top seeds in Pools D and B respectively, while other World Series regulars in Samoa, England, Kenya, Wales and Canada will be determined to challenge the dominance of the mighty Sevens All Blacks, whose run of four straight titles began in Kuala Lumpur back in 1998.
The four Pools confirmed by the International Rugby Board and Commonwealth Games Federation are:
Pool A – New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Nigeria
Pool B – South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and Tobago
Pool C – Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia
Pool D – England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda
A total of 45 games will be contested across two days of fierce competition at Ibrox Stadium (pictured above, credit: Panoramio.com), home of the famous Rangers Football Club. Built in 1899, the stadium has a long sporting history and has seen many stars grace the pitch. It provides a spectacular setting with superb sight-lines and an intense, intimate atmosphere, which will heighten the drama of the Rugby Sevens competition.
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