19 Feb 2007

Samoa top pool C for Hong Kong on the strength of their last six tournaments

7:28 am on 19 February 2007

The draw for the Hong Kong Sevens has been finalised with the winners of the last four legs topping their respective pools.

Fiji currently lie joint top in the standings with New Zealand and head pool A, which also features Scotland, Portugal and Sri Lanka, one of six Asian teams set to take part at the 40,000-seater Hong Kong Stadium.

As second seed, South Africa heads Pool B and face a tough group challenge from Wales, Tonga and Chinese Taipei.

Samoa, on the strength of their last six tournaments in which they have made four finals and won their first Cup title in Wellington, are third seeds and top pool C, where Canada lie in wait alongside two Asian sides in Japan and China.

George winners New Zealand top pool D and are drawn with the unpredictable Kenyans as well as two of the qualifiers from Europe's FIRA Sevens circuit, Russia and Italy.

Pool E features the tournament's fifth seed England, who have won the last four Hong Kong Sevens, take on Argentina, Korea and hosts Hong Kong.

Pool F is traditionally one of the most competitive and this year is no different, with France at the top of the pool as sixth seeds, where they face Australia, the ever improving Tunisians and the USA, winners of the Shield trophy at their home event in San Diego.