Blitzbokke Top Seeds For Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens

South Africa top the seedings after World Rugby confirmed the pool draw for the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2014/15 to be played on 13 and 14 December 2014.  After their impressive Cup win at the second round of the Series in Dubai on Saturday, hosts South Africa are top seeds and head Pool A, while runners-up Australia, third-placed Fiji and the fourth semi-finalist New Zealand head the remaining pools.  The 2014/15 season carries added significance because the top-ranked sides after the ninth and final round in London in May 2015 will qualify directly for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Following the pool draw for Round 3 of the Series, which was made in Dubai, the Springbok Sevens head Pool A in Port Elizabeth and their opponents are Wales, the USA and Kenya. Dubai runners-up Australia will face Argentina, as well as Portugal and Zimbabwe in Pool B.  Series leaders Fiji top Pool C as the third-placed team in Dubai and face Scotland, France and Dubai Shield winners Canada.  New Zealand, the reigning Series champions, will play England, Samoa and Japan.

The 16 teams, including South African, arrive on Monday in Port Elizabeth at approximately 20:30.  Tickets for the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens are available from Computicket.