World Rugby and Tokyo 2020 have confirmed the swimming pools for the ladies’s and males’s Rugby Sevens occasions at the upcoming Olympics.
The Tokyo video games would be the second Summer Olympics to function seven-a-side rugby.
In their bid to win back-to-back gold medals, Australia’s ladies’s staff will compete in Pool C, alongside China, Japan and the United States, none of whom gained medals in Rio.
The United States, nonetheless, has positioned within the prime six at all 4 of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series for the reason that Rio video games and appears set to throw loads of questions at the Aussies of their pursuit of consecutive gold medals.
China will make its debut within the occasion at this yr’s video games.
“We had many battles with the USA in the last few legs of the World Series, and we’re looking forward to that continuing come Games time,” stated Australian ladies’s Sevens head coach John Manenti.
“There is no doubt Japan will have a stadium of 10,000 people behind them, and we can’t underestimate the strength that it will provide the side, while China is a bit of an unknown, having only recently joined the series.
“As a team, we’ll be looking to start our campaign strong and use that momentum to carry us beyond the pool stages and into the finals.”
Meanwhile, the boys’s staff will jostle with Argentina, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and present world champions New Zealand with the hopes of enhancing on its quarter-final end at the Rio video games.
Argentina and New Zealand additionally bowed out within the quarter finals in 2016, whereas the Republic of Korea might be making its sevens debut in Tokyo.
“Every pool is highly competitive, and we’ll need to be on form every game to secure a quarter final spot,” stated Australian males’s Sevens head coach Tim Walsh.
“New Zealand are currently World Champions while Argentina has won their last three tournaments against the likes of medal contenders USA and GB. There’s no skirting around the challenge we face.
“It will come down to how we prepare as a team, every individual has a role to play, and as a coach, I want them to walk off the field with no regrets that they’ve played their part.”
The Rugby Sevens fixture might be announced on July 7.
Pool A: New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Republic of Korea
Pool B: Fiji, Great Britain, Canada, Japan
Pool C: South Africa, United States of America, Kenya, Ireland
Pool A: New Zealand, Russia, Great Britain, Kenya
Pool B: Canada, France, Fiji, Brazil
Pool C: Australia, United States of America, China, Japan
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