New Zealand Top Seeds For 2014 Oceania Sevens

The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) has released the men’s and women’s draw for the 2014 Oceania Sevens Championship. The tournaments will be played on October 3 and 4
23 Sep 2014 13:04
New Zealand Top Seeds For 2014 Oceania Sevens
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The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) has released the men’s and women’s draw for the 2014 Oceania Sevens Championship. The tournaments will be played on October 3 and 4 alongside the Noosa International 7’s on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

For the first time the 12-team men’s event will see the New Zealand Sevens side compete as the Oceania Sevens will provide the perfect launch pad for the 2014/2015 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series that kicks off on Australia’s Gold Coast a week later.

The teams have been drawn into three pools determined by rankings based on the results of the 2013/14 IRB Sevens World Series, 2013 Oceania Sevens Championship and 2013 Pacific Mini Games. New Zealand is the top seed reflecting its position as the current IRB Sevens World Series Champions.

Teams will each play three pool matches. At the conclusion of the pool rounds the top two teams in each pool as well as the next two best-performed teams across the three pools will progress to the quarterfinals.

Fiji, third in the 2013 IRB SWS, will be favourite to top Pool B while the up-and-coming American Samoa team will face New Zealand in Pool A. The 2013 Oceania Sevens Champion Samoa has a tough pool alongside Pacific Island neighbours Tonga and Australia that finished fifth in last year’s IRB SWS.

The seven-team women’s event will comprise one pool. Teams will each play each once after which teams will be ranked one through seven based on results and the total number of competition points accumulated. The two highest placed ranked teams will proceed automatically to the Final.

The Women’s event will see the two top ranked teams in the world, New Zealand and Australia, continue their Sevens rivalry. Between them they won all five IRB Women’s SWS titles in 2013 with New Zealand edging Australia to the world crown. Fiji, ranked ninth in the SWS will be looking to continue its growth and cause an upset.

For the full schedule and Championship format see the attached link.

IRB General Manager, Oceania Will Glenwright stated, “FORU is delighted to be a part of this wonderful Sevens carnival and this year we are delivering the strongest ever Oceania Sevens. Oceania is home to some of the world’s best Seven’s teams including New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and Samoa.”

“The Oceania Sevens is a very important event for the region as Sevens continues to increase its appeal especially given the prominence of the IRB Sevens World Series and the Olympic Games participation in 2016. The Championship will act as an Olympic qualifying event in its own right next year and is part of FORU’s Pacific Podium initiative.  A collaborative high performance strategy for maximising medals for Member Unions at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games,” added Glenwright.

The Noosa International 7’s Festival was established in 2010 and has since grown to become Australia’s premier rugby Sevens event outside of the IRB

International World Series. The 2014 Festival will be played on October 4 & 5 and will see 36 teams compete across the 16-men, 8-women and 12-team Under-18 competitions.

Noosa International 7’s Event Director Dene Brooks guaranteed the long weekend would offer something for everyone with off-field entertainment and catering adding to the sevens carnival atmosphere.

“The first day will be devoted to the men’s and women’s Oceania Sevens Championship with the teams playing in seeded pool groups. The results of those games will determine the finals programme for the Oceania Sevens throughout Saturday.

“We’ll also start the pool rounds for our own Noosa International Sevens tournaments on the Saturday with the finals and the presentation of the Stan Bisset Cup to the winners of the grand final on Sunday.”



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