Birmingham 2022 has announced the pools for the Rugby Sevens competition which will be held from 29 July to 31 July at Coventry Stadium.
Gold Coast 2018 gold medallists, New Zealand have been drawn in pool A of the men’s competition with host nation and bronze medallists from your four years ago, England, also drawn in the same pool.
Samoa and Sri Lanka have been drawn alongside these two teams to complete the line-up in group A.
Pool B of the men’s competition sees Scotland drawn against South Africa, Tonga and Malaysia and Pool C will see the Olympic Champions and silver medallists from Gold Coast, Fiji, taking on Canada, Wales and Zambia.
The final pool in the men’s competition includes Australia, Kenya, Uganda and Jamaica. This will be only the second time that women’s Rugby Sevens has featured at the Commonwealth Games and Birmingham 2022 has also now confirmed the two pools for that competition.
Team England’s women’s team has also been drawn against New Zealand who are the reigning champions and Olympic Champions and this pool also includes Canada, the side England had to beat to secure the bronze medal four years ago. Sri Lanka is the fourth team in Pool A.
Pool B includes Australia who were runners up in the inaugural event in 2018, Fiji who are the Olympic bronze medallists, Scotland and South Africa.
World Rugby Chair, Sir Bill Beaumont, said: “Rugby sevens has been represented at every Commonwealth Games since the sport was first introduced in 1998, with some of the biggest names in our sport having competed at this fantastic tournament.
“It has also served as a launch-pad for young and aspiring talent across the global game where players have gone on to become stars. Both the men’s and women’s Olympic champions will be in action as part of a strong line up over what promises to be a thrilling three days of fast paced, high octane rugby sevens action in Coventry.
“Birmingham 2022 will be the biggest multi-sport event to be held in the United Kingdom since the London 2012 Olympic Games where we saw a nation get behind athletes and teams across all sports. We expect Birmingham 2022 to be no different and look forward to playing our part in another very special occasion.”
Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, Katie Sadleir, said: “Rugby Sevens and the Commonwealth Games have a proud history together and we have a fantastic competition set to take place at Birmingham 2022.
“We are delighted to have the world’s best men and women competing in our event at Coventry Stadium, in what will be a fantastic showcase for the sport. With a small number of tickets still available, I would urge all sports fans to seize the chance to get along to the tournament and be a part of history.”
Matt Kidson, Director of Sport for Birmingham 2022, said: “This tournament is going to be fantastic and will provide an opportunity for spectators to see the very best Rugby Sevens players compete in what will be fast paced and thrilling matches. The sessions on the 29 and 30 July provide an opportunity to see every single team in the men’s and women’s competition play, so anyone with tickets for Rugby Sevens is in for a real treat.”
Tickets for the tournament can be purchased now at birmingham2022.com with prices for adults starting at £15 on Friday 29 July and £22 on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July. Tickets for under 16s start at £8 on all three days.
Full details of the draw can be found at birmingham2022.com and the full match schedule is expected to be unveiled in the next few days.