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Fiji Faces Argentina, Samoa And France

The pools for the USA 7s were drawn ahead of the Cup final at the Allianz Stadium, with Cup winners New Zealand heading Pool A at the Sam Boyd Stadium
08 Feb 2016 10:55
Fiji Faces Argentina, Samoa And France
Isake Katonibau on the attack against Kenya during the Sydney 7s Cup quarter-final in Sydney yesterday. Photo: Bruce Southwick/Zoom Fiji

The pools for the USA 7s were drawn ahead of the Cup final at the Allianz Stadium, with Cup winners New Zealand heading Pool A at the Sam Boyd Stadium thanks to a 27-24 win over Australia yesterday.

Sir Gordon Tietjen’s side will face Kenya, Portugal and Russia in Pool A while Australia, runners-up on home soil in Sydney, meet England, Scotland and Japan.

Ben Ryan’s series-leading Fiji awaits Argentina, Samoa and France in possibly the toughest of the four pools, and an exact repeat of the Sydney event, in Pool C.

The Pacific Islanders will be looking to extend their remarkable record of 39 victories from their last 39 pool matches when they hit American soil where they are defending champions.

Hosts USA, who ended the Sydney Sevens tournament with a 24-21 defeat to Kenya having held a 21-0 lead at hal-time, are in Pool D and face South Africa, Wales and North American rivals Canadian in a mouth-watering clash in Las Vegas.

Zack Test said: “Sydney was a disappointing tournament for us, we played our way in some matches, and lost our way in others. We’re going to go back to San Diego and work really, really hard at being a 14-minute consistent team now.

“With Vegas coming up that’s just for fuel for the fire though and we’re looking forward to it. But we have got to take a hard look at ourselves. Credit to Kenya they played well, but we just left too many holes. It’s always extra fire to play in Vegas and we will be looking to regroup and come out stronger.”

World Rugby

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