South Africa will play in Pool A against France, Japan and the United States of America at the 2015 Sevens Wellington tournament. The All Blacks Sevens will face England, Canada and Papua New Guinea in their pool games in the New Zealand capital. The draw for the February 6 and 7 tournament comes after the Blitzbokke’s 26-17 win over the the Kiwis at Port Elizabeth in South Africa this morning (NZT).
The improved finish for the All Blacks Sevens puts them third on the HSBC Sevens World Series standings with 47 points behind South Africa (59 points) and Fiji (51 points). All Blacks Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens said Sevens Wellington was always a very special tournament for players and there was much to play for, “It’s not often players get to wear the All Blacks Sevens jersey in front of their own fans and families so I am looking forward to it. We also have a National Sevens tournament coming up in January and we will be looking at players that will also want to impress to be selected to be part of that side in Wellington. We were fifth after the first tournament and have now pushed ourselves to third, just four points behind Fiji so with six tournaments to go we can’t sit on that. We want to win the World Series and winning in Wellington will really set the tone for another good World Series.” The opening match of the tournament will be a chance for fans to watch the current top team, South Africa, take on France. Another key pool game will see local favourites Samoa, currently seventh on the table take on Scotland, their closest rival, sitting at eight.
Popular African side Kenya will play Argentina in their first pool game which will make for some great action for spectators.
Pool A: South Africa, United States, France, Japan
Pool B: New Zealand, England, Canada, Papua New Guinea
Pool C: Australia, Fiji, Wales, Portugal
Pool D: Argentina, Scotland, Kenya, Samoa