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Tomorrow, Down Under, starts the Wellington 7s, the third leg of the 2016/2017 World Rugby HSBC tournament with Sydney, Australia, number four, next weekend. The current season's two gold medal winners (no more Cup, Plate, Bowl, and Shield awards) were South Africa in Dubai, and England in Cape Town. They stand atop the leader board with 41 and 39 points. The USA are off to a slow start with 18 points (13 and 5) in three-way tie for seventh place.
Scotland and Wales have shown renewed strength, placing fourth and sixth in the standings. The high placement of all three Home Country sides (England, Scotland, and Wales) can be traced back to successful training for the Rio Olympics when the team competed as Great Britain, attaining a silver medal.
Season To Date Points Follows:
1. South Africa 41
2. England 39
3. Fiji 32
4. Scotland 27
4. New Zealand 27
6. Wales 25
7. Australia 18
7. USA 18
7. France 18
10. Kenya 17
11. Argentina 12
12. Samoa 8
Individual Player Stats are:
- Points Scored - Terry Bouhraoua (Fr) = 107
- Tries Scored - Dan Norton (En) = 15
- Conversions - Tom Mitchell (En) = 30
- Clean Breaks - Sebelo Senatla (SA) = 72 (Perry Baker second at 64)
- Tackles - Osea Kolinisau (Fi) = 128
The two questions for Wellington will be size of the crowd, and the hometown reception for Gordon Tietjens, the former All Blacks 7s coach who comes as the newly appointed coach of Samoa.