(Via World Rugby)
New Zealand will look to claim their fourth women’s series title when they take to the field for the last round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Clermont-Ferrand.
The Black Ferns Sevens side top the standings ahead of the sixth round of the season on 96 points, 14 ahead of Canada and Australia who are tied on 82 points with Russia back in fourth spot on 58 points.
Allan Bunting’s New Zealand team have won four tournaments this season, with Canada the only other side to win a trophy when they claimed top prize in Sydney in February.
New Zealand are drawn in Pool A where they will play USA, Ireland and Japan on day one in Stade Gabriel-Montpied on 24 and 25 June.
Canada top Pool B where they’ll face Russia, England and Brazil in Clermont while Pool C sees hosts France play Australia, Fiji and Spain.
Meanwhile, places at next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco are up for grabs as the women’s series comes to an end. The four semi-finalists from Moscow 2013 – New Zealand, Canada, Spain and USA – have already qualified.
The top four teams from the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016-17 – excluding these pre-qualified teams – will qualify for RWC Sevens 2018. At the moment, Russia, Fiji, USA all look in control of their destiny while France, England and Ireland can still mathematically progress through the series.
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