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The Paris Sevens for Men ended the ninth stop in the HSBC World Rugby circuit, with London next weekend for the tenth and last event. Then, the sixteen team repechage will occur June 18 and June 19 in Monaco to determine the 12th Olympic place (Samoa favored).

Although the past two tournaments have witnessed upsets for the Cup title (Kenya in Singapore, Samoa in Paris), there was no change among the top four teams in points for the 2015/2016 season. The standings for the top ten teams follow:

Fiji    166

RSA  152

NZ    145

Aus   127

Arg   107

USA 100

Ken     95

Sam   84

Eng    82

Fra     78

The Eagles dropped to sixth after only generating five points, while Argentina surged ahead with fifteen points from a fourth place Paris finish behind France.

The 12 team Rio Olympic placement for Women and Men will be determined by point standings but, in one sense, it will not matter to the USA, since whatever pool they’re in will be two games (maybe three) against formidable competition. 

Of troublesome note, is that the Eagles picked up seven points in Singapore and five in Paris, well below their point average from the first seven tournaments.

You be the coach and rugby director of any of the twelve teams headed for Rio in August. In London, do you bring in reserves, younger players offered a chance on the main 7s stage, thereby giving your first team a rest? This move presents any serious injury to the Olympic bound team. Or, throw caution windward, and play the current side?

 

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Results probably reflect that old nemesis ..... lack of true depth. With a real dropoff when just a few players are omitted/replaced.
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