18 Dec 2010

NZ score favourable draw for Wellington Sevens

7:32 am on 18 December 2010

The draw for February's Wellington leg of the World rugby sevens series has been announced with second placed New Zealand lining up top of pool B alongside Argentina, Scotland and Papua New Guinea.

After the first two events in Dubai and South Africa, England lead the World Rugby Sevens Series with 44 points from New Zealand (40), Samoa (36) and Fiji (32) with South Africa lying fifth on 24.

As a result of their strong start, including winning the Cup title in Dubai and reaching the final in South Africa, England top the seeds for the upcoming Wellington tournament and start in Pool A with matches against Wales, USA and the Cook Islands.

New Zealand's title defence in George has helped them to second in the standings and they top Pool B with matches against Argentina, Scotland and Papua New Guinea.

Reigning World Series champions Samoa and defending Wellington Sevens champions Fiji have both reached two Cup semi finals this season and top Pools C and D respectively.

Samoa face three tough matches in Pool C against Commonwealth Games silver medallists Australia, Kenya and the ever dangerous Tongans, while Fiji will take on South Africa, France and Canada in Pool D.

After the Wellington tournament, the eight-event Sevens World Series will travel on to Las Vegas in the USA before also visiting Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland, climaxing at Murrayfield in May 2011.