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As the World Rugby Sevens reaches the penultimate stage on Saturday and Sunday at Twickers, the stakes couldn’t be any higher. A fascinating contest for the series title awaits the spectators as well as a desperate battle to avoid relegation and in between hugely important points to secure Olympic qualification status are up for grabs.
The London Sevens got everything in it, so make sure you don’t miss a second. Defending champions Fiji trail USA by just three points and will be looking to replicate last year’s success at Twickenham this weekend.
Ranked third in the standings, New Zealand hold the record for the most HSBC London Sevens Cup titles with five and share the record with Fiji and fourth-placed South Africa for the most Cup finals played in London with seven.
After an emphatic Cup final victory in Singapore, South Africa will be looking to close the already-small gap on New Zealand with another podium finish this weekend.
There’s added incentive this season with the top four teams in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series earning qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and there’s a chance that fans could see four teams secure their spot at Twickenham.
When and Where?
The London Sevens takes place at the Twickenham Stadium, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of May. The matches kick-off Saturday and Sunday at 09:30 local time. The final is scheduled for 17:57 local time on Sunday.
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Who’s the favourite?
With just three points between the USA and Fiji, the race for the title couldn’t be anymore tighter. Both teams have shown their class repeatedly this season, however, while the Eagles made it to an impressive four successive finals, before winning their home tournament in Las Vegas, Olympic champions Fiji won three out of their four finals in a ruthless style. To pick a favourite between those two outstanding teams would be almost to close to call.
One to watch
Ireland is becoming more and more a 7s powerhouse. With the successful promotion into next year’s World Sevens Series, the men in green have demonstrated their serious ambitions to compete successfully with the best teams in the world. Terry Kennedy, a product of the Leinster academy has been one of the outstanding players for Ireland.
SOUTH AFRICA, ARGENTINA, CANADA, JAPAN
FIJI, SAMOA, FRANCE, KENYA
ENGLAND, NEW ZEALAND, SCOTLAND, IRELAND
USA, AUSTRALIA, WALES, SPAIN