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The World Rugby Women’s Sevens welcomed two new teams for next year – Japan and Ireland – who met in the staged qualifier last weekend in Dublin. They will replace the bottom two teams from 2015’s tournament, South Africa and China.
Japan defeated the host 13-12 for the Cup final, as both sides knew that regardless of the outcome, they would play in the popular circuit for 2016.
Ireland has experienced a rugby renaissance for men and women during the past two years. The women’s XV achieved the upset of the year in 2014 beating the undefeated Black Ferns from New Zealand in the Women’s Rugby World Cup held in France
These teams join New Zealand, Canada, Australia, England, USA, France, Russia, and Fiji.