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Sevens Captains

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.