Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2011 USA Rugby Sevens - This Weekend

This weekend will see the USA taking centre stage as the country plays host to the fourth of eight events in the 2010-2011 IRB Sevens World Series. For the second concecutive year, Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada is the host venue. The USA is considered an important host by the IRB as rugby continues to boom as the second biggest sport on the planet. The inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the Olympic Games, starting in 2016 has resulted in the sport recieving a tremendous financial boost within the USA and this weekends event is expected to be bigger than 2010 which was won by South Pacific powerhouse, Samoa.

The tournament will feature sixteen teams, five of whom are from the Americas with Canada and the United States from North America, Guyana from the Central America-Caribbean region and Argentina and Uruguay as South America´s two participants. All four groups appear difficult for the competiting sides from the Americas with Pool 2 looking especially tough for Uruguay who have to face strong teams in Kenya, New Zealand and Wales. In contrast, the best placed side would appear to be Argentina who will be targetting first place in their pool as they go up against England, France and Guyana. Canada will be looking to do significantly better than they did in the 2010 event when they lost all four pool matches including a 26-5 smashing by the USA. The Canucks will have no easy games as they go up against Australia, Fiji and Scotland but will certainly be no pushovers. The USA will be looking to finish as high as possible in Pool 4 but also have a tough set of matches against South Africa and Samoa. They should, however, score a comfortable win over Japan. The USA won the 2010 Bowl Final after defeating Argentina in the semi final and France in the final itself.

Pool 1 Argentina, England, France, Guyana
Pool 2 Kenya, New Zealand, Uruguay, Wales
Pool 3 Australia, Canada, Fiji, Scotland
Pool 4 Japan, Samoa, South Africa, USA

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