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This weekend marks the start of a brand-new HSBC Women’s World Series with the curtain-raiser to be held in the US. For the second time, hosted at the Infinity Park in Glendale (Colorado), the opening stage of the series takes place in Colorado Sevens ahead of a huge year for the game.
For the first time, six of the eight stages runs a women’s tournament next to their male counterparts, including the flagship events in Dubai and Hong Kong. This new structure gives the women’s series a much bigger platform to showcase their skillset.
Once the season is wrapped up with the final tournament at the end of May in Paris, the biggest of all stages awaits for 12 teams at the Summer Olympics 2020 in Tokyo.
When and Where?
The first stage of the new Women’s World Sevens Series takes place at the Infinity Park in Glendale (Capacity 5,000), on Saturday the 5th October and Sunday 6th of October. The matches kick-off on Saturday and Sunday at 09:53 local time (16:53 UK). The final is scheduled for 16:58 local time on Sunday (23:58 UK).
Where Can I See It?
Both tournament days will be live-streamed on the World Rugby channel. Find out more here.
Who’s the favourite?
In recent years, the Women’s World Sevens Series, was often a three-sided affair between New Zealand, Australia and Canada. However, like the men’s, the US women’s also played one of their best seasons previously, underlining the ever-growing 7s popularity in the States.
Their win at the final competition in Biarritz this year, secured the Eagles a well-deserved second place in the overall standing behind an almost unbeatable side from New Zealand.
The Black Ferns won four out of six tournaments last season and remain the team to beat. Their arch rivals from Australia had a rather disappointing run, finishing fourth in the table. However, the Olympic champions of 2016 has the quality to bounce back.
One to Watch
Charity Williams is one of Canada’s most promising young female rugby players. The native of Toronto, Ontario attended high school at Central Tech. She quickly made the jump to club level and onto the provincial and then national team programs in just three years.
Pool A: New Zealand, England, Russia, Japan
Pool B: USA, France, Ireland, Brazil
Pool C: Canada, Australia, Spain, Fiji
DAY ONE FIXTURES (ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL TIMES / GMT +8)
AUSTRALIA v SPAIN | 09:53
CANADA v FIJI | 10:15
FRANCE v IRELAND |10:37
USA v BRAZIL | 10:59
ENGLAND v RUSSIA | 11:21
NEW ZEALAND v JAPAN 7S | 11:43
AUSTRALIA v FIJI | 12:37
CANADA v SPAIN | 12:59
FRANCE v BRAZIL | 13:21
USA v IRELAND | 13:43
ENGLAND v JAPAN | 14:05
NEW ZEALAND v RUSSIA|14:27
SPAIN v FIJI | 15:21
CANADA v AUSTRALIA | 15:43
IRELAND v BRAZIL | 16:05
USA v FRANCE | 16:35
RUSSIA v JAPAN | 17:05
NEW ZEALAND v ENGLAND|17:33