Spotlight on the Summer Games: Women's Rugby 7s Preview
With Women’s Rugby 7s kicking off at the Olympics this evening, it's time to take a look at each pool in the competition.
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Starting us off, Pool A has Great Britain, New Zealand, Kenya, and the Russian Olympic Committee competing for a trip to the quarterfinals.
New Zealand has a strong chance to go undefeated but will face some difficult matchups to test their mettle against the ROC and Great Britain.
Pool B is made up of Canada, France, Fiji and Brazil.
This is probably the least predictable pool as Canada, France, and Fiji will all be vying for the guaranteed top two finish in the pool to move on to quarterfinals. In all likelihood, success in this grouping will come down to who is gelling the best after having put the tournament off for a year.
In Pool C, Australia, China, Japan, and the USA will all be pushing to finish in the top two to solidify a spot in the quarterfinals.
Australia have ebbed and flowed since their gold medal finish in Rio 5 years ago and have left their all-time leading scorer Ellia Green home from Tokyo, but they are certainly in contention to repeat on the podium. The USA should be Australia’s biggest competition in this pool, and both teams would do well to put as many points on the board as possible during pool play.
Players to watch
In Pool A: New Zealand’s Michaela Blyde and Great Britain’s Jasmine Joyce, both prolific try scorers
In Pool B: Canada's Ghislaine Landry, the all time leading scorer on the Women’s 7s Series
In Pool C: Australia’s Emma Tonegato and USA’s Kristi Kirshe