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Bok Women’s Sevens Hong Kong draw announced
March 15, 2017
The Springbok Women’s Sevens have been drawn in Pool C with Colombia, Papua New Guinea, and Italy in the pool stages of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong next month.

The pool stages of the tournament will be hosted at the So Kon Po Recreation Ground on Thursday, 6 April, and Friday, 7 April, respectively, while the Cup semi-finals and final will be played on Saturday, 8 April at the Hong Kong Stadium, where the seventh leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series takes place.

The team that wins the Qualifier will secure a place on the 2017/18 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series – a feat Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel and his team have been working towards since playing on the circuit as a core team in the 2014/15 season.

Japan, China and the Netherlands, who have all previously played on the Women’s World Series, will battle it out in Pool A with Jamaica, while Pool B features Argentina, Kenya, Belgium and hosts Hong Kong.

“The Qualifier will pose a few new challenges, the main one being that we don't have footage of Columbia and Italy, so we won’t be able to do our usual analysis on them,” said Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel said on his team’s return from the Vancouver Rugby Festival on Wednesday.

“In fact, we have never faced Columbia, so this will be a first for us. We played against Italy in Rome last year and won quite convincingly, but given the high stakes in Hong Kong, they will challenge us.

“Our last game against Papua New Guinea, meanwhile, was three years ago, and we struggled a little in that game, although we came out on top. So we will have our work cut out for us in the tournament.”

Dazel, however, said their focus going into the tournament would be on their game, rather than on trying to identify the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses.

“Topping our pool is one of our goals,” said Dazel.

“But we plan to take in each match in our stride. I believe if we stick to our game plan and trust in the systems, the results will follow. Every single tournament in Sevens rugby is tough, so we know we need to be in top form to advance to the final and keep alive hopes of qualifying as a core team next season.”

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Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, March 31 2017
08:35 - Highlanders vs Rebels
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday, April 01 2017
06:15 - Blues vs Force
Eden Park, Auckland
08:35 - Chiefs vs Vodacom Bulls
FMG Stadium, Hamilton
10:45 - Reds vs Hurricanes
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
15:05 - DHL Stormers vs Toyota Cheetahs
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
17:15 - Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Sunday, April 02 2017
08:05 - Waratahs vs Crusaders
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International
Monday, April 03 2017
16:45 - FNB Maties vs FNB UJ
Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
19:00 - FNB Tuks vs FNB Shimlas
Tuks Stadium, Pretoria
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, April 07 2017
09:35 - Hurricanes vs Waratahs
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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