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Australia versus Canada

The fourth tournament on the 2017/2018 HSBC Women's 7s circuit continue this weekend in Langford, British Columbia, Canada, which also held this event the past three-years. The games will be played in Westhills Stadium that seats 1,700 people. New Zealand won this event twice, and England once.

Currently, Australia lead the current series with 56 points after having won two of the first three events. New Zealand rank second with 50 points, the victor of the last tournament in Japan. These two sides have won all five Women's series, dating back to 2013, the Black Ferns on four occasions. These Oceania region rivals battled for the 2016 Olympic gold in Rio won by the Wallaroos with the Kiwis taking silver.

After Langford, it's a one month wait until the seasonal finale June 8 to June 10, this time in Paris at Stade Jean Bouin to be played along side the Men's Sevens finale.  In the past, the French have staged the Women's event in Clermont-Ferrand.

The Eagles suffered defense lapses in the Sydney and Japan tournaments, twice not reaching the medal-qualifying group of eight. They face Russia (#3), France (#4) and Japan in pool play.

Rankings to-date follow:

  1. Australia          56
  2. New Zealand 50
  3. Russia              42 
  4. France              40
  5. Canada            32
  6. Spain                32
  7. USA                   28

Last year, before the Langford tournament, the USA was ranked sixth but with a good chance to catch Russia and France, which were four and two points ahead.