The Women’s World Cup Sevens will be held in Dubai next year at the same time as the men’s World Cup Sevens.
Because it is the first such tournament for Women all countries were required to qualify. Eventually 16 succeeded after various regional tournaments.
Rugby 365 reports that the 16 teams who compete in the women’s competition in Dubai are: Brazil, England, Netherlands, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda, Japan, Thailand, China, USA and Canada.
Seeding was based on the qualifying in the six IRB regions – Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North America, South America.
The qualifying in the regions was as follows:
Qualified: South Africa, Uganda
Seven nations competed for Africa’s two spots – South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tunisia joining hosts Uganda – with Botswana entering an international women’s competition for the first time.
The finalists qualified – South Africa who beat Kenya and Uganda who beat Tunisia. South Africa beat Uganda in the Final.
Qualified: Japan, Thailand, China
Favourites Kazakhstan failed to qualify when beaten by China for third place. Japan ended top by beating Thailand 17-12 in the Final.
Qualified: England, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, France, Italy
England were favourites and duly won top spot by beating the Netherlands 50-0 in the Final.
Qualified: Australia, New Zealand
The shock was Australia’s last minute try to beat runaway favourites New Zealand 22-15 in the Final
Qualified: Canada, USA
Canada won the final tournament for the region, played in the Bahamas when they beat the USA in the final.
Brazil! They beat Argentina 45-0 in their Final at Punta de Este in January 2008.Tweet