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:ARG screwed up badly in London with a 9th place and now they are trailing both :RSA and :AUS in the overall standings. 

 

Our team will need to win the last stage and for :RSA to finish no higher than 6th in order to win the season.

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On 7/3/2022 at 10:17 PM, Monzanator said:

:POL wins the women's European Championships in Rugby 7 :yikes: I don't know who schedules rugby matches at 10:00 am on Sunday but the deciding match vs :SCO was played around that hour :lol: Poland won 14:0.

Rugby 7s tournaments are organized on two days, sometimes three. This time around it was three.

11 a.m is an usual schedule for the first matches of the day, and on Sunday, it's always a knockout (either semi or quarter-finals).

Poland v Scotland was in fact a semi-final, working as an unofficial decider for the overall title since the EC are held on two aggregate tournaments and Poland won the first beating Scotland in the process. 

 

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Challenger Series II announced. They will take place in Santiago de Chile on the 12-14th of August.

Actually the word "series" is kind of a joke to describe this tournament, as there is no ... series. Pretty much a revival of the HK qualifying tournament. I hope the first format will come back next year and stabilize a World Series DII.

 

Some notable withdrawals. For the men behind Germany no Belgium, Italy or Portugal but Lithuania and Georgia. For the women no Scotland but Belgium. Scotland is focusing on the CwG, the team is not meant to be viable in the long term (actually a bunch of XV players reunited for the occasion). I guess same applies for the withdrawing men teams, but that's a bit surprising.

 

 

 

Germany has to be the favorite on the men's draw but they will have a hard time getting the job done. Besides the two other Europeans (and they have some pretty good assets), Jamaica and PNG, every team has got a decent chance of winning.

 

For the women Poland is in pole position imo. Their showings in the EC vs near-full strength France (R1) and Ireland are impressive, so is their appearance in the World Series earlier this season. China would probably be favorite if not for their complete disappearance since Tokyo, what to expect from them is unknown. Japan and Sout Africa are obviously candidates.

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In fact they probably used 2021 continental results to define the participating teams. Which would explain Lithuania M and Georgia over Italy and Spain or Kenya W over Madagascar, Tunisia and Uganda. 

Seems odd but this tournament is used to promote a team to the 22/23 WS, starting quite soon. If the Challenger Series are set to come back to normal in 2023 (January ?) then this year's results will be used there.

 

Actually this would be dramatic for Wales and Japan. They're 99% out of the WS for 22/23. But Japan only finished 3rd in the Asian Champs this year, thus missing the 2022 World Cup, and if none of HK and South Korea gets promoted in August, then Japan is out of next year's Challenger (if format stays the same). Wales did not take part to the 2021 European Champs so they got relegated to the Trophy this year. This means they have no chance of getting a 2023 Challenger spot (if no little arrangement between friends).

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5 minutes ago, JoshMartini007 said:

I would love for the challenger series to be an actual series, but the travel cost for lower ranked nations likely prevents it from being viable.

Yeah, that's the main obstacle. Back to back geographically near tournaments would be a first step (like Chile/Uruguay usually do). I hope WR, who's not really making efforts to develop XV outside of Tier 1,5, will help making it happen.

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3 hours ago, SalamAkhi said:

Rugby 7s tournaments are organized on two days, sometimes three. This time around it was three.

11 a.m is an usual schedule for the first matches of the day, and on Sunday, it's always a knockout (either semi or quarter-finals).

Poland v Scotland was in fact a semi-final, working as an unofficial decider for the overall title since the EC are held on two aggregate tournaments and Poland won the first beating Scotland in the process. 

 

Yeah, the Polish commentators said numerous times why winning a SF vs Scotland guarantees Poland a gold medal no matter what happens in the final vs Ireland :p

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