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  The New Zealand rugby men’s sevens team are using the Oceania 7s as a build-up to the Commonwealth Games, Sevens World Cup and the 2017/18 World Sevens Series. This
03 Nov 2017 12:08
New Zealand 7s coach ready
Clark Laidlaw.

 

The New Zealand rugby men’s sevens team are using the Oceania 7s as a build-up to the Commonwealth Games, Sevens World Cup and the 2017/18 World Sevens Series.

This was the opinion of new All Blacks 7s coach Clark Laidlaw.

“Kicking things off in Fiji is a good opportunity to see where we are at and put all our pre-season work out on the field,” he said.

“We’ve got some talented athletes that have assembled at our base in Mount Maunganui and the guys are looking forward to getting to Fiji. “ It’s a country with a rich sevens history and getting to play there, in front of their passionate fans, will be a great experience. On the field we are expecting tough opposition and getting quality competition ahead of the Dubai Sevens will be great.”

The Oceania 7s tournament will be staged at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 10-11.

QUALIFIERS

In the men’s championship the highest placed team at the end of the finals on day 2 excluding pre-qualified and/ or core teams (in the case of the men’s Sevens World Series 2017/18) will gain a qualification spot to:

  • 2018 Commonwealth Game (Gold Coast, April 2018): Oceania joining pre-qualified teams of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa
  • 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s (San Francisco, July 2018): ‘Oceania 1’ joining pre-qualified teams of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa and ‘Oceania 2’ (to be determined at the 2017 South Pacific Mini Games, Port Villa, December 2017)

 

POOLS

Pool A: Fiji, American Samoa, New Caledonia

Pool B: NZ, Cook Islands, Nauru

Pool C: Australia, Tonga, Solomon Islands

Pool D: Samoa, PNG, Vanuatu, Tuvalu

-Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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