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The completion of the five-city World Rugby Women's Sevens circuit in 2015/2016 witnessed a surprising Australia as the victor for their first time. With three victories, a second, and a third place finish, the Wallaroos amassed 94-points, significantly outpacing perennial champion New Zealand in second place with 80 points.
New Zealand failed to win a round, a negative milestone for the Black Ferns in this season. They settled for second place and third place twice.
Third place finisher Canada (74 points) managed a Cup win last week in France to overcome a spotty, five-event performance, also with a second and fourth place result.
England (74-points) tied Canada, generating consistency via four top four outcomes with one win, two thirds and a fourth.
The USA ended in sixth place, the same as last season, tallying 46-points, which trailed France in the fifth spot by a substantial 14-point difference. The Eagles achieved but one fourth place finish.
Olympics in Rio
Currently, eleven nations have qualified for the summer games. These are Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, France, USA, Fiji, Brazil (host), Japan, Kenya, and Colombia. The twelfth and final spot will be decided in the repechage tournament in Dublin, June 26. Russia and Spain are favorites from their full, five event experience this season.
A Russia victory could place them in the same pool as the USA, which have not performed well against the Bears in past events.
The four top finishers have dominated women's sevens play, and they will seek to compete in the Olympics with three medals on tap.