Rugby Sevens draws announced for Rio Olympics 2016

Fiji will be one of the contenders for gold at the Olympics Rugby Sevens in Rio
Fiji will be one of the contenders for gold at the Olympics Rugby Sevens in Rio
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The groups for the Rio Olympics Rugby Sevens to be held in Brazil in August was released on Tuesday.

The men's competition, which will run from 9th August to 11th August at Deodoro Olympic Park will have the top-seeded Fiji along with USA (six), Argentina (seven) and the hosts Brazil in Group A.

The Pool B consists of South Africa (two), Australia (five), France (eight) and Spain (11) while the World Cup winners New Zealand (three) and Great Britain (four) are pooled in Group C along with Kenya (nine) and Japan (10).

The top two teams in each group will progress to the quarter-finals along with the two best third finishing teams overall.

The women's tournament, which will run from 6th to 8th August, will feature the defending champions of HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series Australia along with USA, Fiji and Colombia in Pool A.

Pool B contains New Zealand (two), France (five), Spain (eight) and Kenya (11) while Great Britain (four) are pooled along Canada (three), Brazil (nine) and Japan (10).

This will also be the first time sevens rugby will make an appearance in the Olympics and it is also the first time in 92 years that rugby will be part of the grand event.

Incoming World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes the sevens rugby in the upcoming Olympics will inspire a lot of younger people to get involved with the sport.

"I anticipate that it will be one of the highlights of Rio 2016 as we showcase this great sport to a new audience of hundreds of millions around the world and inspire the next generation to get into rugby."


Men’s Competition – 9th to 11th August

Pool A: Fiji (one), USA (six), Argentina (seven), Brazil (12)
Pool B: South Africa (two), Australia (five), France (eight), Spain (11)
Pool C: New Zealand (three), Great Britain (four), Kenya (nine), Japan (10)

Women's Competition– 6th to 8th August

Pool A: Australia (one), USA (six), Fiji (seven), Colombia (12)
Pool B: New Zealand (two), France (five), Spain (eight), Kenya (11)
Pool C: Canada (three), Great Britain (four), Brazil (nine), Japan (10)