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The second leg of the World Club 7s, and in many ways the main event, begins Saturday at Twickenham in London. New York and Seattle will try to improve on the performances of the two American sides last week in Limerick.
San Francisco struggled mightily in Ireland, going winless. New York had mixed success, though, losing the Plate final. They did manage to beat the Blue Bulls and Saracens on the weekend and should be stronger in London, with the arrival of Luke Hume, Nate Augspurger, Derek Lipscomb, Morgan Findlay, Marcus Henderson and Nate Brakeley. Maka Unufe was originally slated to play for NY, but he pulled out and has been replaced by Findlay.
New York was beaten handily by Saracens Moscow in its final game in Limerick, 38-5. Redemption could come for the Americans, however, as they face another Russian outfit, RC Enisei, in the London tournament’s first game. New York can also avenge its Cup Quarterfinal loss in Limerick to Western Province in London pool play.
The stacked Seattle team is in a pool with Auckland, which blanked New York 29-0 in pool play and finished third in Ireland, the Waratahs, which won the Shield at Thomond Park, and another Russian side in Kuban Krasnodar. Though Mikey Te'o missed out on Club 7s Natioanls last week in Seattle due to a failed fitness test, he is on Seattle's roster for London.
Live coverage of the event begins Saturday 10am EDT on ESPN3. Coverage commences Sunday at 7am EDT on ESPN3.