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Joeli Lutumallagi from Fiji

The results of the recent Men's (3rd) and Women's (4th) Las Vegas Sevens boosted Eagles squads higher in the HSBC World Rugby standings. The Women rank sixth, tied with Russia at 34 points, where 32 of the USA's points have come in the past two-events.

The Men move into a fith place tie with Australia, both totaling 52 points, and, if a good showing in Vancouver this weekend, a chance to go past the Wallabies.

Women's points are 20-18-16-14.

Men's points are 22-19-17-15.

Women

New Zealand continue to dominate the series halfway through the six tournaments scheduled this season. The Black Ferns won two of the three to lead Australia 56-50. The Aussies have finished second twice (both times to New Zealand). Canada remain competitive in third place with 46 points. Totals follow for the highest eight (of 12) sides:

      Place     Team       1st   2nd   3rd   4th    Points   

  1.          NZ            2       0       1      0         56
  2.        Aust.          0       2       0      1         50
  3.         Canada   1       0       1      0         46
  4.         Fiji              0       0       0      0        36      
  5.         Russia       0       0       1      0        34
  6.         USA            0       1       0      1        34
  7.         France        0       0       0      0        26
  8.         Engl.          0        0       0      1        20

Men

South Africa have proved dominant this season with four wins in the five events. They have a significantly large lead of 24-points over second place Fiji, who, surprisingly, have not yet won an event.  England, winners in Cape Town, are third, and New Zealand are fourth with only third and fourth place finishes. Totals of the top eight (of 16) follow:

     Place       Team      1st     2nd   3rd   4th    Points 

  1.           S. Af.       4         1       0      0        107
  2.           Fiji           0         3       0      0          83
  3.           Engl.       1         1       1      0          81
  4.           NZ           0         0       2      1          71
  5.           Aust.       0         0       0      1          52
  6.           USA        0         0       1      0          52
  7.           Scot.       0         0       1      1          50
  8.           Argen.    0         0       0      0          45

(Wales and Canada each earned a fourth place result.)