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Team USA finds itself grouped with New Zealand, Japan and Spain for the home stretch of the Women's 7s World Series April 8-9 in Atlanta. The tournament is split into three pools of four, with the top two teams from each and the top two third-place teams moving to the Cup Quarterfinals.
The Eagles are 1-3 against their pool mates so far this season, having lost 15-14 to Japan in Dubai, beaten Spain 33-0 in Brazil and lost to New Zealand 35-3 and 28-0 in the latter tournament. Though they're not paired together, an American side likely to be very close to that which plays in Atlanta could meet a similar Japanese team next week at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Despite the tough draw, it's a good spot for the Eagles to be if they get out of their pool, as they'll get a second-place team whether they finish first or second. Pool C's champ plays the runner-up from Pool A, which is likely to be Australia, Fiji or England. Pool C's runner-up plays whoever finished second out of Ireland, Canada, France and Russia. So finishing second in pool play may actually favor the USA, versus winning Pool C.
The USA's game times for pool play Friday April 8 at the home tournament are as follows: 2:20 p.m. ET vs. Spain, 5:04 vs. Japan and 7:26 versus New Zealand.
Pool A: Australia, Fiji, England, Colombia
Pool B: Canada, France, Russia, Ireland
Pool C: New Zealand, USA, Japan, Spain