Hsbc Rugby Sevens 2017 Live

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:38:51 AM

According to World Rugby, the inclusion of the fast-paced discipline in the Rio Olympic Games had a profound impact on the sport, garnering tens of millions of fans globally. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont says that the series has seen a sixty percent increase in viewership since alone.

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This season is one of the most compelling and hotly-contested yet, with the top two nations in the World Series standings separated by just four points. Fiji lifting the trophy at the end of a tournament has been a familiar sight this season In fact, there are just 37 points between the top four teams and to put that into context, a tournament victory delivers 22 points, second secures 19 and third delivers 17 series points.

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Following three consecutive tournament victories in Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore, Fiji lead the way [] and their most recent victory saw them top the standings for the first time this season.

South Africa closely follow behind and the defending series champions are boosted by the return of their all-time try-scorer, Seabelo Senatla, for these final two tournaments.

Tom Mitchell has scored points for England in his career Senatla, who last played on the series in February in Hamilton, comes back in after playing XVs with the Stormers and sits fifth in the game's all-time try-scoring list. This weekend's hosts took home a bronze medal from the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast and in front of their home fans, will be looking to build on their third-place finish in Singapore.

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Scott Riddell will captain the side that have been drawn in Pool A alongside New Zealand, Fiji and Argentina and believes his team are up for the challenge. It's probably the biggest crowd that we get to experience all year and we'll really raise our game for that.

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