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Bok Women to play for Sevens World Series spot
July 09, 2014
The Springbok Women Sevens will be among 12 teams battling it out for four remaining places on the 2014/15 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Hong Kong on September 12 and 13 the IRB confirmed on Tuesday.

South Africa will go head-to-head with Japan, China, Kenya, Brazil, Fiji, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Argentina at the Shek Kip Mei Stadium for one of the four available places on the circuit.

The competition will feature three pools of four teams, with the top two sides in each pool progressing to the quarterfinals, along with the two best third-placed teams.

The winners of the quarterfinals will progress to the semifinals but, more importantly, they will secure automatic qualification for next season’s Women’s Sevens World Series.

The teams that are guaranteed to participate on the Sevens circuit are New Zealand, Australia, Russia, England, Spain, USA and Canada.

With the top four teams on the 2014/15 Sevens World Series qualifying automatically for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Springbok Women Sevens coach Renfred Dazel said his team was determined to make the most of this opportunity.

“Our two main goals from the beginning of this season has been to qualify for the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series and to do our best to ensure that we qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games,” said Dazel. “This qualifying tournament will open the door to both of these objectives.

“At this stage we have another important matter at hand and that is to deliver a quality performance in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France in August. Once that is completed our Sevens players will gather again in Port Elizabeth to prepare for the qualifying series.”

IRB head of competitions and performance Mark Egan expected a thrilling tournament in Hong Kong and said: “These are exciting times for women’s rugby Sevens. With the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro just over two years away, teams will have an eye on preparation for that and so we expect a hugely competitive and high-quality qualification tournament for next season’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.”

The Springbok Women’s squad, which includes a handful of Springbok Women Sevens players including flyhalf Zenay Jordaan, and backs Veroeshka Grain and Lorinda Brown, will assemble in Cape Town on Monday for their Rugby World Cup holding camp, with the team set to depart for the international showpiece in France on July 27.

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Friday, October 31 2014
21:00 - Roses United vs Vredenburg
Pelican Park, Wellington
2015 Community Cup Qualifying - Repechage
Saturday, November 01 2014
14:00 - South-East 2 (Barbarians) vs South-West 2 (Durbell)
Outeniqua Park, George
Saturday, November 08 2014
16:30 - Central 2 (Upington) vs Winner (Barbarians v Durbell)
Die Eiland, Upington
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
19:30 - Ireland vs South Africa
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Saturday, November 15 2014
16:30 - England vs South Africa
Twickenham, London
Saturday, November 22 2014
16:00 - Italy vs South Africa
Stadio Euganeo, Padova
Saturday, November 29 2014
16:30 - Wales vs South Africa
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
HSBC Sevens World Series Dubai
Friday, December 05 2014
07:00 - South Africa vs Portugal
7he Sevens, Dubai
07:22 - Wales vs Canada
7he Sevens, Dubai
07:44 - Fiji vs France
7he Sevens, Dubai

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