Rugby

No quarterfinals in Hamilton 7s

The stakes will be higher for the Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team in the Hamilton 7s next month as there will be no quarterfinals.

A new format has been placed by World Rugby for the tournament next month where teams who finish first in their pools will directly qualify to the semifinals.

Fiji who is the defending Hamilton 7s champion will need to win all their pool matches to keep their hopes of retaining their title alive.

They will need to polish up on their discipline, defence and ball retention to be able to make it to the semifinals.

Fiji is pooled with Australia, Argentina, and Samoa.

Cape Town 7s champions New Zealand are in Pool A with Scotland, USA and Wales while South Africa are in Pool B with Kenya, England and Japan.

France has been drawn with Ireland, Canada and Spain in Pool C.

Fiji is placed 6th in the 2019/2020 HSBC 7s Series with 23 points.

The Hamilton 7s will be held from the 25th to the 26th of next month.

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