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A quartet of Fijian flyers were selected for last weekend’s Singapore Sevens Dream Team. South Africa, tournament champions, added two while Scotland earned one spot.

From Fiji: Joshua Vakurunabili, Meli Derenalagi, Aminiani Tuimaba, and Wimoni Botitu

From South Africa: Werner Kok and Justin Geduld

From Scotland: Max McFarland

Somewhat unreported was the South Africa comeback against Fiji after they trailed 19-0 at the half, prevailing 21-19 for the title. Fiji suffered another embarrassing loss to Samoa in the 2016 Paris Sevens  Cup final when they led 26-0 at the break, only to lose 29-26 at the death.

Each tournament – eight played to date of ten total – brings the USA closer to one of the four 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifying placements. The top six:

USA = 145

Fiji = 143

NZ = 130

SA = 121

Eng. = 107

Samoa = 87

The USA need only seven points from the London and Paris events to eliminate England (fifth, currently) mathematically from the four-team qualification.

The Eagles are expected to be at near top strength for these last two tournaments.

 

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Would 7 USA points eliminate England from contention, or just guarantee that England couldn't overtake the Eagles, thus booking the Eagles' ticket to Japan in 2020? If the Eagles earn enough points to stay in the top three and NZ or SA drop enough points, I think England could still overtake one of the other traditional rugby nations for the fourth spot.
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