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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.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 19 2014
15:00 - Golden Lions U19 vs Sharks U19
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
15:00 - Border U19 vs Griquas U19
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Under 21 Competition
16:40 - Golden Lions U21 vs Sharks U21
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Absa Currie Cup First Division
17:00 - Border Bulldogs vs Leopards
BCM Stadium, East London
Inter Provincial Women A 1
19:00 - Border vs Western Province
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Xerox Golden Lions vs Steval Pumas
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, September 20 2014
10:45 - WP U19 vs EP Kings U19
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
11:00 - SWD U19 vs Boland U19
Outeniqua Park, George
11:20 - Valke U19 vs Griffons U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park

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