Pools and match schedule confirmed for HSBC London Sevens 2019


The pools and match schedule have been announced for the hotly anticipated HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium on May 25-26 in the penultimate round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019. The tournament will be broadcast LIVE across ESPN’s family of networks in USA at usarug.by/ESPN7s

While the race for the series title is nearing its climax, Olympic qualification is also at stake as the top four teams in the 2019 series will confirm their place at Tokyo 2020 alongside host nation Japan.

With just 24 points separating series leaders USA from fourth-placed South Africa, who were victorious at the previous round of the series in Singapore, the scene is set for a thrilling weekend of sevens action in London.

Host nation England are currently lying in fifth position in the series standings and will be relying on the support of the home crowd as they look to make up ground on the top four and those all-important Olympic qualification spots.

Pool A sees reigning series champions South Africa face Argentina, Canada and Japan. In Pool B Fiji will begin the defense of their London title against Samoa, France and Kenya.

Hosts England are drawn with New Zealand, Scotland and Ireland in Pool C, while current series leaders USA will take on Australia, Spain and Wales in Pool D.

VIEW VIEW SERIES STANDINGS Ireland are the invitation team again in London following their outstanding bronze medal performance last year. They arrive fresh from success at the recent series qualifier event in Hong Kong, which secured their place as a core team on the 2020 series.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “The penultimate round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London is set to be a thrilling event with the double significance of qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at stake alongside the race for the series title.

“Twickenham Stadium is always a special place for rugby players to perform and we look forward to another weekend of fast, skilful and highly entertaining rugby sevens in front of a large crowd in London.”

READ MORE ABOUT OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION Play gets under way in London at 09:30 local time (GMT+1) on Saturday, May 25 when Australia and Wales take to the field in the first of 45 fast-paced and action-packed rugby sevens matches over two days.

In between matches, spectators can enjoy live music and DJ sets, fairground rides, children’s entertainers, garden games and chill-out zones, creating a rare and unique sporting occasion for all.

For more information on the series, visit www.world.rugby/sevens-series.

The tournament will be broadcast LIVE across ESPN’s family of networks in USA at usarug.by/ESPN7s.