The match schedule for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018, which takes place on 29 November-1 December, has been confirmed.
The women’s competition kicks off day one (29 November) of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens with Pool C where Canada again face France in a repeat of the recent bronze final at the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens where Canada triumphed 28-0. Spain and Fiji are the other two teams in Pool C.
Kenya Lionesses, heading to Dubai 7s as invitational side, will open their pool A campaign against Black Ferns of New Zealand at 12.50pm on Thursday.
The Kevin Wambua coached side will take on Ireland at 3.24pm and Russia at 6.21pm.
This year has an added incentive for both men’s and women’s teams, who are not only competing for the coveted world series title but also for their ticket to Tokyo 2020, as the 2019 series acts as principle route for Olympic Games qualification.
New Zealand claimed a fourth successive title on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series – and sixth in total – after beating the Women's Sevens Eagles in the HSBC USA Women's Sevens final in Glendale, Colorado, on Sunday.
World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont said: “It’s an exciting season for rugby sevens as we enter another Olympic qualification year ahead of Tokyo 2020.
“The recent women’s series opening round in Glendale, Colorado was a fantastic display of sevens action with the women’s competition already proving to be highly competitive.
“We will be watching closely as the men’s teams not only get their season underway in Dubai but also compete to secure their ticket to Tokyo 2020.”
Dubai 7s Women's pools
Pool A:New Zealand, Ireland, Russia, Kenya
Pool B: USA, Australia, England, China
Pool C: Canada, France, Spain, Fiji
Dubai 7s Women's fixtures
Thursday Nov 29, 2018
France vs Spain 11am
Canada vs Fiji 11.22am
Australia vs England 11.44am
USA vs China 12.06pm
Ireland vs Russia 12.28pm
New Zealand vs Kenya 12.50pm
France vs Fiji 1.56pm
Canada vs Spain 2.18pm
Australia vs China 2.40pm
USA vs England 3.02pm
Ireland vs Kenya 3.24pm
New Zealand vs Russia 3.46pm
Spain vs Fiji 4.53pm
Canada vs France 5.15pm
England vs China 5.37pm
USA vs Australia 5.59pm
Russia vs Kenya 6.21pm
New Zealand vs Ireland 6.43pm
Day 2 Friday Nov 30
Cup quarters 8am
Cup Final 4.15pm