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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Teams announced for second IRB Women's Challenge Cup

As the poster on the right reveals, the 12 teams for the second official IRB women's sevens will be...

  • Australia (World champions)
  • Brazil (South American champions)
  • Canada (Winners in Dubai)
  • China (Asian champions)
  • England (European champions)
  • Hong Kong (hosts)
  • Japan (Asian no. 3)
  • Netherlands (European no. 3)
  • Russia (World Cup hosts, European no. 4)
  • Spain (European no. 2)
  • Tunisia (Africa North/West champions)
  • USA (Las Vegas finalists)
How much we can read into this about the 12 who will take part in the women's "tour" that should start next season is debatable. South Africa - who were in Dubai - are not listed, either because they could not make it or because the IRB wanted to be fair and offer a place to another African team (who knows - but probably the former is more likely). Either way, they would be normally expected to be the strongest side on the continent. Their replacements, Tunisia, are the strongest side in the north of the continent - but have rarely played outside Africa before. It is unlikely they will be a major worry for the leading teams.

France - third in Las Vegas - are also absent, still paying for 15 minutes of madness against Portugal last summer. Russia take the fourth European spot as a result.

Similarly Hong Kong have a long history but, as Japan found in Las Vegas, will struggle to match the pace and stamina of the professional teams. All of the pro sides will be in Hong Kong - the inclusion of Netherlands is a step forward, though they will probably still be without Kelly van Harskamp, ScrumQueens leading sevens players of 2011.

In fact the tournament neatly divides itself down the middle into two groups - the "possibles" who could all, in theory, have a shout at at least a semi-final place - Australia, Canada, England, Netherlands, Spain and USA - and the rest who, realistically, will have their targets set on bowls and plates.


  1. Tunisia HAS played out of Africa before. In 2009, they were at Hong Kong. I think they beat Singapore and Arabian Gulf but I'm not too sure. I am sure they were there though.

  2. Yes - finished 4th... I really should check my own data more... One small change then!


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