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The RugbyPass website reported, that the Fijian long-serving captain Seremaia “Jerry” Tuwai, who scored his 100th try to win the Cape Town Sevens earlier this month, is set to sign a contract with a US-based team ahead of the second professional season of the newly formed MLR, which kicks off in January.
A packed BC Place Stadium in Vancouver helped hosts Canada to secure a place in the Cup quarter-final following two pool-stage wins against Scotland and Russia on Saturday. Only New Zealand could stop Damian MacGrath’s in a close encounter (14-15) and as a result, Canada will face series leaders South Africa today. New Zealand ended the day without a loss and will face England on day two.
The 40,000 enthusiastic fans witnessed an entertaining day of 7s not just by the home team but also by neighbours USA, who swiped through the first tournament with a clean sheet. Mike Friday’s team seem to carry over the strong performance from Las Vegas where they finished 3rd. After wins against Japan, France and Australia, the team will be challenged by Argentina in the Cup quarters.
Following an opening victory against Samoa, Argentina lost to Wales but managed to land a historic 26-24 win against Olympic champions Fiji. However, with wins over Wales and Samoa, Fiji still managed to stay in the top-end of the tournament as they will go head-to-head with Australia on day two.
Top-favourites South Africa continued their winning run with a solid start against Chile and a 15-5 win against Kenya. In the pool decider against England, both teams worked hard to get away with three points however the match resulted in a 12-12 draw, enough for South Africa to take the top spot in Pool A.
South Africa v Canada
USA v Argentina
New Zealand v England
Fiji v Australia
Kenya v Scotland
France v Samoa
Russia v Chile
Wales v Japan
Canada Sevens | Results Day 1
Canada Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
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Argentina beat New Zealand, Wales nearly topple SouthAfrica, and hosts USA go two from two on day one at the HSBC USA Sevens
The fifth leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 in Las Vegas opened in front of a buoyant crowd today. Fans enjoyed a bumper afternoon of the HSBC USA Sevens as all 16 teams ran out for two of their three Pool games at the Sam Boyd Stadium.
Highlights of the 2018 opener included a 26-19 win for fifth place Argentina over second place New Zealand in Pool D and a battle to the end between a young Wales side and top-of-the-table South Africa in Pool B where a 21-21 draw was toppled in the last minute by a try from Blitzbok’s Will Talbot-Davies for an eventual score of 26-21.
Hosts USA secured convincing wins over Samoa (26-12) and Australia (28-7) in Pool C. England, Argentina, Samoa, Fiji and South Africa also secured two from two at the close of business.
USA Sevens | Results Day 1
USA Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
Reigning series champions South Africa were one of four teams to achieve a perfect win record on day two in Sydney.
They join Argentina, Fiji and Australia as the unbeaten sides heading into the last eight after a second day of top quality rugby in the Australian sunshine. South Africa are currently on track to defend their title in Sydney and will face Kenya in the Cup quarter-finals. Fiji will face the USA while Argentina play England. New Zealand, tournament winners in Cape Town, will face off against their local rivals Australia.
Rosko Specman scored five tries in the pool stages and was pleased with his side's start to the tournament. “It's a good start for us, as in Cape Town we started too slowly and did not make the final," he said. "Here in Sydney we are focused on the basics because we know we can punish teams if we play to our game plan.”
The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals will be Samoa v Canada, Papua New Guinea v Wales, Scotland v Russia and France v Spain.
Sydney Sevens | Results Day 2
Sydney Sevens | Fixtures Day 3
USA, Fiji, Argentina and South Africa through to the Cup Semi-Finals of the HSBC USA Sevens
The Eagles, unbeaten so far in Las Vegas, followed with a 17-12 win over England in front of a packed and vibrant crowd.
In the third quarter-final, Argentina went head to head with Kenya, the Argentinians securing a 17-12 victory and a clean sheet on day one and two.
The final Cup quarter-final saw current series leaders South Africa overpower Australia with a 29-17 score line.
The fiercely contested Cup quarter-finals give fans a stellar semi-final line up tomorrow as Fiji face USA, and Argentina face South Africa whilst New Zealand, England, Kenya and Australia all compete for 5th place in Las Vegas.
Speaking of the day’s action and their place in the Cup semi-finals USA Captain Ben Pinkelman reflected on four wins from four and a home semi-final in Las Vegas. “We came into this tournament knowing we’ve made the semi-final three years in a row and it was all about taking that next step. So we're just going to come out, stick to our game-plan and hopefully, we will be able to make it all the way to that Cup.”
In the Challenge Trophy France, Scotland, Wales and Canada all progressed to Sunday’s semi-finals after wins over Uruguay, Russia, Samoa and Spain respectively. France will face Wales in the first Trophy semi-final and Scotland will face Canada in the second. In the battle for 13th place, Uruguay will open proceedings against Samoa on Sunday at 1100, followed by Russia v Spain.
USA Sevens | Results Day 2
USA Sevens | Fixtures Day 3
Winning their second ever Cup final, the first in 2015 at the London Sevens, Mike Friday’s men thrilled the crowds and held opponents Argentina to a zero score line after another blockbuster day of rugby in Las Vegas.
USA, unbeaten in the weekend’s tournament, outplayed Fiji in the Cup semi-final 19-7 and faced stiff opposition in Argentina who also went into the game with a clean sheet and a well-worked 12-10 victory over South Africa. Eager to improve on last year’s Bronze finish in Vegas, USA secured a 28-0 victory with Perry Baker getting their first points on the board. Barrett’s first try followed and two successful conversions from Folau Niua gave the hosts a 14-0 halftime lead. Barrett added his second score straight out of the gates and after holding firm USA added a fourth and final try through Carlin Isles, Niua successfully kicking four from four to seal an emphatic victory at full time.
On a momentous day for USA Sevens, head coach Mike Friday said, “Credit to the men in the arena they were outstanding, they went out there and executed. They’ve executed all three days but especially today we had to change tactics for the Fiji semi we then had to readjust for the Final everyone delivered and that’s great to see. This is a total squad effort and I’m lucky to have such a great bunch of players and support staff.
“We want to show the sporting landscape in the USA what rugby can be and how that fits within the American landscape and this hopefully will touch and reach a lot of sports fans who realise they’ve got another national team that they can be proud of and that they can support.”
HSBC Player of the Final, Barrett added, ”It's such a team effort, we've worked so hard for so long. Three straight years in a semi-final in Las Vegas and to come here, missing our captain and missing a number of players, it's just so amazing to win on home soil. A second Cup final ever for the USA and it feels great to be at home."
It was day full of breath-taking action as Fiji, champions in New Zealand, beat South Africa 26-22 in the Bronze Final, whilst France secured the Challenge Trophy with a 26-19 win over Canada.
USA Sevens | Results Day 3
World Rugby Sevens Series | Standings
A pair of tries from Kalione Nasoko and Vilimoni Botitu helped Fiji beat USA 29-15 in the Cup final in Cape Town and secure their first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series victory in South Africa since 2005.
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It was Fiji's first final since 2009 and completed a fantastic weekend — in which they remained unbeaten — by defeating the United States.
Nasoko opened the scoring with a solo run after some excellent Fiji defending, before they were handed two gift tries. First Botitu got between a Madison Hughes pass and was free to run from deep in his own half, and then Perry Baker fumbled a one-handed play for Sevuloni Mocenacagi to capitalise.
New Zealand's record 10th appearance in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup final saw them end their title drought at the 7he Sevens Stadium, the 21-5 victory over USA giving the All Blacks Sevens their first title here since 2009.
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This season's rivalry between South Africa and England took another turn in Singapore as the English came back from a poor start to the day to defeat the Blitzboks in pool play for the fourth time in 2016-17.
On a day of twists and turns in the National Stadium, England went through as one of the Cup quarter-finalists and will face Kenya, while Fiji takes on USA, Australia plays South Africa and New Zealand battle Canada. Three teams went unbeaten as Fiji, Australia and New Zealand took three wins from three, while Japan claimed yet another scalp on the world stage as Damian Karauna's side beat France.
Australia, who impressed last week in Hong Kong, maintained a perfect record but in the process lost key players in Ed Jenkins, James Stannard and captain Tom Lucas. Meanwhile, last year's HSBC Singapore Sevens champions Kenya remain in contention as they won twice on Saturday against Argentina and Samoa to ensure a place in the last eight.
Following their impressive victory at the Hong Kong Sevens the previous week, Olympic champions Fiji continued their winning streak at the pool stages in Singapore on Saturday. First up were invitational side Hong Kong who were re-introduced to the world series with a 52-0 defeat, before the Fijians put Russia away, 38-7.
Canada also teed-up a top of the table pool clash with the Fijians as they overcame Russia, 28-15, before putting Hong Kong to the sword, 34-0.
While Canada took the game to Fiji in the opening minutes and were unfortunate not to score early on, a hat-trick from Waisea Nacuqu along with scores from Sevuloni Mocenagaci and Mesulame Kunavula saw the Fijians top the pool with a 35-7 win. Elsewhere, Hong Kong got their first win as they beat Russia, 26-19.
France hadn’t beaten England since Las Vegas in 2016, and they started their day by amending that with a 24-14 victory in Singapore. Despite Ollie Lyndsey-Hague’s opening score, two tries by Jean Pascal Barraque led France to a win against Simon Amor's outfit, who currently sit third in the standings.
The French proved that their first game was not a one-off as they brought the game to series leaders South Africa as the crowds continued to roll into the National Stadium on a humid Saturday afternoon. But even though South Africa were reduced to six men, two tries from Siviwe Soyizwapi cancelled out the one score from France's Sacha Valleau, as it finished 10-7 in favour of the Blitzboks.
In other Pool B play, South Africa beat Japan 52-0 and while the latter scored two tries against England, it finished 40-10 to English.
Arguably the upset of the night came in the early evening as Japan took on a buoyant French side. The Japanese, who finished just outside the medals at the Olympic Games in Rio last August, have failed to ignite on the series so far this season, but it finally came together for them in Singapore as they went 7-0 up through Katsuyuki Sakai before Kameli Soejima made it 14-0, much to the delight of the crowd at the National Stadium.
France struck back after the break through Jerermy Aicardi but another Japanese try in the corner from Patrick Stehlin extended the lead and a late French try was only as a consolation as they celebrated a 21-14 win.
Kenya returned to the National Stadium in Singapore as tournament champions and hoped to put their poor series form behind them. Things seemed to go to plan as they opened the proceedings on day one with two tries from Frank Wanyama helping them to a 22-5 win over Argentina.
Samoa, who seem to be growing at each tournament under legendary coach Gordon Tietjens, took the fight to Australia in the second game of the day, but for the second time in as many weeks, the Samoans came up short as two tries from Simon Kennewell saw the Australians grind out a 19-12 win.
Later in Pool C, Argentina scored three tries as they beat Samoa 17-7 and Australia put Kenya away easily, 27-7.
The clincher came later in the day. Both Australia and Argentina have been promising much all season and both sides were keen to win this pool decider. Charlie Taylor opened the scoring for Australia but a touch of class from Franco Sabato, who showed his football skills to catch the bounce perfectly and score, locked the match at seven points each at the break. Kennewell put his side ahead in the second half and it was super-sub Henry Hutchison who scored shortly after coming on to make sure Australia topped the pool on day one.
The three wins weren't without a downside however, as skipper Tom Lucas was taken off with a knock while experienced duo James Stannard (nose) and Ed Jenkins (shoulder) won't play any part on day two.
Kenya later beat Samoa, 17-7, to ensure they stayed in contention to retain their HSBC Singapore Sevens crown.
New Zealand’s Joe Webber made his return to the All Black Sevens for the first time since Sydney in 2016 when he came on against Scotland. The All Black Sevens took an early lead with tries from Regan Ware, Joe Ravouvou and Trael Joass but Scotland fought their way back in with tries from Mark Robertson, Scott Wight and Joseva Nayacavou. Scotland will rue some mistakes over the 14 minutes as the men in black took the win, 22-21.
It was Webber who signed off on a top team try later in the day when he touched down for New Zealand in their win over Wales, 36-14.
The World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year will be announced at the end of the year and already it’s fair to say that Perry Baker could arguably be involved. The number 11, who scored nine tries in Hong Kong last week, got his day started with two magnificent tries against Wales as the Americans walked away with a 35-19 win. He then started the second game as he finished the first, scoring another scorcher against Scotland from deep in his own half as they won again 33-26 in a close, physical encounter. Scotland finished bottom of the group after they lost to Wales, 19-21.
Sam Dickson scored his 50th series try to open the scoring in the last match of the evening as New Zealand took on USA in the pool decider. The Americans lost Perry Baker early and New Zealand were denied a try before a sublime offload by Joe Ravouvou set up Regan Ware to make it 14-0 at the break. Big Danny Barrett powered over in the second half, before a converted try from Ware helped New Zealand top the pool with a 21-14 win.
Singapore Sevens | Results Day 1
Singapore Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
Australia qualified for the Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC Sydney Sevens after a sunny first day of action, while England, Wales and New Zealand stayed unbeaten in the pool stage.
The Australians will face Wales in just their second Cup quarter-final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17. Wales topped their pool after a magnificent win against Fiji, thanks to a hat-trick from Morgan Williams.
England recovered well from last week’s disappointing performance. Three out of three wins, including one over series leaders South Africa and with Dan Norton becoming the second highest try scorer of all-time, England created a dream start to the tournament. They will face Argentina in the Cup quarter-finals on day two of the men's event.
New Zealand will play Fiji after they managed three victories against Scotland, Papua New Guinea and hosts Australia. USA will challenge South Africa in the Cup quarter-finals. The Americans lost to Russia in the opening game but won the remaining matches against Canada and Argentina.
Meanwhile, Kenya will play Russia, Scotland face Samoa, Canada meet Japan and France take on Papua New Guinea in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals on Sunday.
ENGLAND v ARGENTINA
NEW ZEALAND v FIJI
USA v SOUTH AFRICA
WALES v AUSTRALIA
While the men’s tournament continues on Sunday, the women’s competition finished with a breath taking final and a number of great surprises. Olympic Bronze winners Canada beat rivals USA 21-17 to claim their third tournament win, in front of a packed house at the Allianz Stadium.
After a disappointing performance in Dubai, USA shocked New Zealand to reach the final, while Canada overcame top-favourites Australia 12-7 in the second semi-final of the day.
Meanwhile, on a day of shock results, Brazil beat England 17-12 to claim the Challenge Trophy as New Zealand went on to beat their rivals Australia to claim the bronze medal on Saturday.
In the overall standings, New Zealand is now, with 36 points, four points ahead of Australia (32) followed by Canada (30 pts) and Fiji (24 pts). Click here for the full standings.
Cup Final | USA 17 - 21 CAN
Bronze Final | NZL 19 - 0 AUS
Challenge Trophy | ENG 12 -17 BRA
Sydney Sevens Men's | Results Day 1
Sydney Sevens Men's | Fixtures Day 2
Sydney Sevens Women's | Results Day 2
They’ve done it again! South Africa underlined their hot-favourite status with the third tournament win this season, following a 29-14 win against England in the final of the Sydney Sevens.
The Blitzboks played in all four finals of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2016/17. They faced England for the second time in a final this season and while England managed to beat South Africa on their home ground in December, this time it was all about the men in green.
Once again it was Seabelo Senatla who led the team with an incredible performance throughout the past two days. This was the last tournament for the HSBC Player of the Final as Senatla will join Super Rugby franchise Stormers.
Tries from captain Philip Snyman, Senatla and Justin Geduld went unanswered in the first half plus another one from Geduld in the second half sealed the game early. England captain Tom Mitchell as well as Dan Norton scored in the second half but it was too little too late.
Meanwhile, New Zealand beat Australia to claim bronze while Russia walked away with the Challenge Trophy in Sydney after beating France, 26-0.
After four rounds, South Africa leads the table with 85 points, followed by England (68 pts), Fiji (64 pts) and New Zealand (56 pts).
The series now moves to Las Vegas next month for the fifth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which again joins up with the women's series.
Cup Final | South Africa 29 - 14 England
Bronze Final | New Zealand 29 - 14 Australia
Challenge Trophy | Russia 26 - 0 France
USA, Fiji and South Africa recorded three wins from three games on day one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on Saturday. For the former two, those results guaranteed them their place in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where they will be joined by a New Zealand outfit who earned two victories at Twickenham.
Is this the year for USA? The hosts are on course to secure their first ever tournament win in Las Vegas after beating Argentina 21-19 in the Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC USA Sevens in Las Vegas.
However, USA will face a tough task as they go head-to-head with series leaders South Africa in the semi-final. On the other side of the draw Fiji will play New Zealand.
South Africa had to produce a big performance against Australia to get another semi-final spot. A late try from speedster Rosko Specman proved crucial as the Blitzboks won 17-14 against Australia.
Back-to-back series champions Fiji faced Canada in their quarter-final and delivered a convincing five-try performance to win 31-12 against head coach Damian McGrath's side.
Meanwhile, New Zealand outclassed an England side that only recently made the final at the HSBC Sydney Sevens, winning 19-0.
The Challenge Trophy semi-finals will feature France v Kenya and Scotland v Samoa.
At the women’s tournament of the USA Sevens, which came to an end on Saturday, New Zealand won the final 28-5 against Gold medallists Australia with a brilliant performance. New Zealand took the lead in the table after three tournaments finishing a perfect weekend.
In the bronze final, Canada won the battle of North America, beating USA 31-7 much to the disappointment of around 30,000 home fans packed into Sam Boyd Stadium.
In the Challenge Trophy, Spain beat England 10-0 in the final.
Half-way through the series, the teams will meet again on 22nd of April in Kitakyushu, Japan.
USA Sevens Women's | Results
USA Sevens Men's | Fixtures
South Africa took a huge step towards their second series win after beating Fiji 19-12 in the final of the USA Sevens yesterday.
The Blitzboks have now a comfortable 24-point buffer at the top of the standings, with Fiji in second and England in third following their fifth place finish in Vegas.
In an intense final, Olympic champions Fiji tried everything to win their first title this season. Masivesi Dakuwaqa scored early on in the match, but South Africa’s playmaker Cecil Afrika replied with try just moments after. Forward Chris Dry added another try early on in the second half, before HSBC Player of the Final Rosko Specman scored an incredible individual try to win the game. Waisea Nacuqu got Fiji back into the game, but it was just too little too late.
With victories in Dubai, Sydney, Wellington and now Las Vegas, the Blitzboks have had their best start ever to a world series.
"We're happy with how it's been going the last few tournaments and the guys are believing in a system and working for each other," he said. "They are showing a lot of pride in the jersey and the fact that they can play for their country. They showed a lot of composure in the final and managed to take control back in the second half."
Hosts USA finished in a strong third position after beating New Zealand 19-15 in the Bronze final, while Kenya took victory in the Challenge Trophy final, beating Samoa 21-14.
The teams have now just a few days to recover before the next stage of the HSBC Sevens Series in Vancouver kicks-off.
USA Sevens | Results
Canada Sevens | Fixtures
This weekend marks the half-way point of the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with the 5th tournament played over the next three days in Las Vegas.
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Sixteen captains lined up at the iconic Tūrangawaewae Marae, ahead of the HSBC New Zealand Sevens, which kicks off this weekend at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton.
Pic: Oktoberfest 7s Facebook Page
This weekend eight of the world’s best 7s teams are competing on German soil at the second edition of the Oktoberfest 7s. Hosted at the iconic Olympic Stadium in Munich, this tournament promises to be the perfect occasion to test the form for the upcoming World Sevens Series at the end of the year in Dubai. Although Germany is not necessarily known as a hotspot for international rugby, the idea of running a 7s tournament next to the the world's largest Volksfest, in a stunning stadium with top-class teams, has proved to be a game-changer.
The Oktoberfest 7s takes place at the Olympic Stadium (Capacity 69,250) in Munich (map). The stadium hosted the Olympics in 1972 and was the home of Bayern Munich until they moved to the Allianz Arena in 2005. The matches will be played on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of September. Fiji and USA will kick-off the weekend at 14:00 local time (GMT +1) on Saturday, while New Zealand and England complete the pool stage on Saturday evening. On Sunday the knock-out matches get underway at 11:00 AM (GMT +1) with the fifth-place play-off. The cup final is penciled in for around 15:00 (GMT +1).
Unfortunately, the tournament won’t be broadcasted in the UK, however, in Germany it will be shown by Sport 1, which also provides an online stream. For a full list of broadcasters click here.
In recent years the German 7s team has made huge progress, reaching some remarkable milestones. One of the outstanding victories was the win of the European Championships in Poland this summer, a well-deserved reward following heavy disappointment on missing out to qualify for the World Sevens Series and the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
Pic: Fabian Heimpel Facebook Page
Flyhalf Fabian Heimpel has been one of the pillars, transforming the Germans into a well-respected side on the world circuit. The 29-year old brings heaps of experience to the table, playing the game of 7s and 15s for his country and home team RG Heidelberg for more than a decade.
This weekend offers a huge opportunity to showcase his vast skillset against the worlds best sides in front of a massive home crowd.
With the top three teams of the previous World Sevens Series, Fiji, New Zealand and the USA all participating, it will be tough to pick a clear favourite. Although all three of this magnificinet trio underlined their class during last seasons series, Fiji was the side with the most tournament wins (5) while the Eagles only managed to win their home tournament. New Zealand won the opener in Dubai and Sydney earlier this year, but failed to secure another 22-pointer thereafter.
Pool A | England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
Pool B | Fiji, USA, Germany, France
Fiji vs USA
Germany vs France
England vs Australia
New Zealand vs South Africa
Fiji vs France
Germany vs USA
England vs South Africa
New Zealand vs Australia
Oktoberfest 7s | Official Website
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The USA arrive in Singapore top of the series standings following an impressively consistent run of results which has seen them on the medal podium in six of the seven rounds so far, including victory on home soil in Las Vegas.
While people in the UK are busy taming the “Beast from the East” with temperatures sub-zero and heavy snowfalls, the 16 men’s teams of the World Sevens Series can look forward to a mild and sunny weekend in the sin city of Las Vegas.
The USA Sevens takes place at the Sam Boyd Stadium (Capacity 40,000) on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of March.
The matches kick-off Friday 15:00 local time (23:00 UK time), Saturday 11:30 (19:30 UK time) and Sunday at 11:00 local time (19:00 UK time).
For a full fixture list click here.
In the UK Sky Sports will cover the tournament on all days. For a full TV guide click here, for any other country check out this handy guide.
Fiji’s win in Hamilton (NZ), a month ago, made the title race even more exciting as table leaders South Africa are now being chased by New Zealand, Australia and the Fijians.
Although the Blitzboks showed a consistently solid performance so far, they’ve only won one tournament this season, last year in Dubai. By this point a year ago, they already won four tournaments. However, South Africa never finished below the top three which means they still defend the prime position for now.
New Zealand with just eight points behind South Africa, will get another chance to claim the top spot in Nevada this weekend after a rather disappointing result at their home tournament.
The USA certainly didn’t start the season as well as they were hoping for. Currently, in 7th position, the US-boys are eager to perform in front of their loyal supporters. With forward Ben Pinkelman, the Eagles have one in the squad who can lead from the front and puts his team back on track.
USA Sevens | Fixtures Day 1
World Sevens Series | Standings
Seven players made it into the Singapore Sevens Dream Team. After the sensational Canadian win in the final against rivals USA, the amount of North American players was deservedly higher than usual.
1 - Simon Kennewell (AUS)
2 - Stephen Tomasin (USA)
3 - Danny Barrett (USA)
4 - Waisea Nacuqu (FIJ)
5 - Nathan Hirayama (CAN)
6 - Justin Douglas (CAN)
7 - Perry Baker (USA)
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