HSBC London Sevens 2023 Pools
Much is already decided before the final Mens’s Sevens World Series event takes place at the HSBC London Sevens 2023 from 20-21 May at Twickenham Stadium, but Olympic Qualification and Core Series status are still up for grabs.
Following NZ claiming the France Sevens title and the 2023 Series, the men’s teams’ pools have been confirmed for London 7s 2023 with a 12-team format that will be the norm for the women and men in next season’s World Sevens Series.
Four teams will also play in their own pool to determine the 12th core member team for the 2024 Series.
Hosts France, as well as New Zealand, Argentina, and Fiji have secured their places at the 2024 Olympics in France and there is one qualifying spot available – Australia is in pole position with a nine-point lead on Samoa and South Africa.
Australia Captain Nick Malouf said: “You can never underestimate something like an Olympic Games, for sure it would be a great achievement for the team to be set for Paris. We haven’t changed our approach for this weekend in London, you have to stick with what you know. We’ll be trying to give our best performances every time we step on the field.
To be in the same pool as Samoa doesn’t worry us, we’ll focus on our game. We play great teams on the series all year round. It’s always a huge challenge whoever you are up against and that game will be no different, I’m sure it’s something we’ll be ready for. We’ll hopefully get the rewards for all our hard work this season, not just in one game in this tournament.”
Teams will have to go through regional qualifying routes if they don’t secure qualification on the World Sevens Series.
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Great Britain
- Japan (invitational team)*
2024 Series Playoff Pool
*Japan have been relegated from the World Sevens Series next season and this will be their last appearance.
London Sevens 2023 – Relegation/Promotion Playoff
Next weekend’s play-off will consist of a round-robin between Uruguay, Canada, Kenya and Tonga (Challenger Series 2023 winners).
Canada captain Phil Berna said: “This is a great opportunity for us and we really see it that way after doing well recently. There are three really good teams all looking for the same thing and it certainly won’t be easy.
“We take a lot of confidence from the way we’ve been playing we just have to put the same level of performance in here in London and hopefully that will lead to good things. The World Series is a big prize for all the players and we’ll be doing our best to make sure we’re there next season. We have to keep working as we always do, this is obviously a big weekend but we have to trust that if we keep focused and stay playing the game in front of us then the rest will take care of itself.”
The opening two matches will be played on Saturday with the final pool match taking place on Sunday morning. The top two ranked teams following the initial stage will square off on Sunday evening with the winner securing the 12th and final spot on the 2024 Series.
How To Watch The London Sevens 2023
Fans can watch the London Sevens 2023 via live stream www.world.rugby in countries where there is no national broadcaster covering the event.
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