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Samoa celebrate upset Paris 7s win in 2016.

The ninth round of the HSBC World Rugby 7s 2016/2017 10-event season moves to Paris this weekend, May 13 and May 14. South Africa are comfortably ahead in the standings and should clinch the championship, if not this weekend, then the next one in London (May 20 and May 21).

This will mark Paris’s second year hosting the event, which is played at Stade Jean Bouin, located in the southwest part of the city adjacent to the Roland Garros Tennis center, where the French Open is played. Last year’s 7s tournament attracted a midland sized crowd with substantially fewer international fans (especially, from Great Britain) attending due to the terrorist activity.

The event in 2016 witnessed the miraculous Samoan comeback in the second half to beat favored (and overconfident) Fiji in the cup final.

Currently, the Eagles rank fifth in the standings. The Paris Pool contains New Zealand, a team which has played subpar this season with, surprisingly, no tournament wins in the eight circuit contests to-date. The All Blacks have finished third twice, never advancing to the cup round. The Kiwis lead the USA 110 to 101 in points.

Eagles 7s Paris and London Squad

1. Alex Schwarz 
2. Ben Pinkelman 
3. Don Pati 
4. Matai Leuta 
5. Mike Te'o 
6. Andrew Durutalo 
7. Folau Niua 
8. Maka Unufe 
9. Stephen Tomasin 
10. Madison Hughes (C) 
11. Perry Baker 
12. Martin Iosefo 
13. Naima Fualaau

Paris Schedule 
v. Argentina - Saturday, May 13 @ 5:06 a.m. ET 
v. Wales - Saturday, May 13 @ 8:32 a.m. ET 
v. New Zealand - Saturday, May 13 @ 11:58 a.m. ET