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Dubai Women’s Dream Team – World Rugby named seven players to the Dubai 7s Women’s Dream team:
- Portia Woodman, NZ
- Emma Tonegato, Australia, Player of the Final
- Alev Kelter, USA
- Evania Pelite, Australia, Player of the Tournament
- Julia Greenfields, Canada
- Elena Zdrokova, Russia
- Baizat Khamidova, Russia
It marked the first tournament that two Russians were selected. For Portia Woodman, World Rugby’s Woman Player of 2017, the awards keep on coming.
Dubai Women’s Tournament Review – After pool play, when the USA went 1-2 with a big loss to New Zealand, the consensus was that the Eagles would not advance in the next round since the Black Ferns were the first opponents. But this Eagle Women’s team, occasionally, unpredictable from time to time, pulled the event’s biggest upset in a close 14-12 win over New Zealand via a splendid defensive effort. The Eagles then advanced with a convincing 21-12 victory over an improved Russia team that finished off Canada 10-5 for the Bronze.
The Eagles lost to Australia in the final, securing the silver medal and second place points, a much improved result versus last year's Dubai meltdown. The Australians’ tournament win was its first gold medal since the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Last season, dominated by New Zealand, the Wallaroos did not win one of the six circuit events.
The Women's 7s will meet next in Sydney January 26 to January 28.
Test: Wales vs. South Africa – The final Test Match of 2017 takes place Saturday, December 2 at Principality Stadium, Cardiff, where Wales host South Africa. This will be a much-viewed match between the 5th (RSA) and 7th (Wales) ranked teams. In the most recent five matches, the Springboks are 3-2, but Wales won the last contest 27-13 in November2016.
Dubai Men's 7s - Action continues this Saturday.