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PARIS 7s 2017Paris 7s Winners South Africa 2017


HSBC 7s Day 2

SOUTH AFRICA are the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions a week ahead of the final leg of the series.

The Blitzboks beat Scotland 15-5 in a tense final at the Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday evening, but had earlier wrapped up the series after they beat New Zealand in the Cup semi-finals and England's earlier loss to Scotland at the same stage meant that they could not overtake the South Africans. Fiji, second in the standings before the tournament, exited at the quarter-final stage.

A remarkable season saw South Africa appear in eight of the nine finals to date, as they clinched the title for the first time since 2009.

Coach Neil Powell was relieved to finally secure the series: "It's been an incredible season so far. We wanted to finish strongly in this tournament and in London next week. This is for all the people in the system, not just the players, but the management back at home as well, for really working hard to make it happen.

Paris 7s Winners South Africa 2017"Every time we put our jerseys on our backs we play for South Africa, for our family and our people back home that support us. It's special for us. We want to say thanks to them for supporting us all year."

Elsewhere, New Zealand claimed bronze in Paris after beating England 12-5 while Argentina won the Challenge Trophy after they beat Australia, 33-12. With just one tournament left, Wales captain Sam Cross leads the DHL Impact Player tracker ahead of England's Dan Norton and USA's Perry Baker who scored eight tries in Paris this weekend. 

Paris 7s Final 2017Scotland and South Africa met 42 times on the series before Sunday's final, with South Africa winning 36 of the encounters, however their previous match-up was on day one of this year’s HSBC Paris Sevens with the Scots winning, 19-12. Scotland fans would also have been hoping that their side could summon a similar performance to that which saw them win their first-ever Cup title in the final in London last year, where they beat the Blitzboks 27-26.

Despite the 10-0 scoreline at the break, Scotland were close to the series champions for most of the first 7 minutes, but they were on the back foot after tries from Werner Kok and Dylan Sage. Scotland dug deep in the second period but their fate was sealed after George Horne was binned for a late tackle just after captain Philip Snyman touched down to seal the win.

"Hats off to the guys," said Snyman after the final. "They were at the top of their game from the beginning in Dubai - we slipped up in Singapore but you can't be at your best all the time - but coming into this tournament we knew we had work to do before we clinched the series. We lost to Scotland on day one and we had to show a lot of character and guts to bounce back and that's exactly what they did."

SEMI-FINALS
Paris 7s Scotland England Semi Final 2017With the home crowd still buzzing from Julian Candelon’s last match in a French sevens jersey, Scotland and England took the pitch for the first semi final. Dan Norton came very close in the opening minute before Scotland went down the park to edge ahead with a well taken score by Jamie Farndale. However, England regrouped and Dan Norton made sure with his second effort to level it at 5-5. Scotland persisted and a Scott Wight try on the stroke of half-time left it 12-5 at the break.

But it was dream-teamer Mark Robertson who added to his tries for the weekend with a superb kick-through to seal the win and despite another Dan Norton try that rubberstamped his hat-trick, Scotland were headed for the final. England’s loss meant they couldn't catch South Africa as series leaders and the Blitzboks became champions.

Paris 7s South Africa New Zealand Semi Final 2017The sun, which was an intermittent visitor in the skies over the Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday, returned around the time South Africa won the title and, despite an opening try for New Zealand by Regan Ware, captain Philip Snyman and Branco du Preez ensured the Blitzboks were 12-5 ahead at the break. A Rosko Specman try after the break pushed the gap even further and with just minutes left he scored another to ensure a final appearance and put the gloss on a series win.

Paris 7s Quarter Finals 2017Scotland qualified for the first quarter-final of the day by virtue of the fact that they beat series leaders South Africa and Canada on day one in Paris and it was the Scots who opened the scoring against the Olympic champions with a well taken try in the corner by Jamie Farndale. Errors from Fiji then allowed Scotland work the ball back up the pitch and release Mark Robertson to touch down and put the Scots 12-0 in front at the break.

Another try from Robertson in the second half put Scotland firmly in charge as they dominated possession before a second from Farndale in the corner put the game beyond doubt.  Fiji were out-played and out-thought by the men in dark blue who marched on to the semi-finals, winning 24-0.

Speaking afterwards, Mark Robertson was delighted with the result: “You know what sevens is like, we have some great individuals in the team, real pace, ball players and some big players. We are a tight group, we have only missed out on small margins, but hopefully we can carry it on.”

England took on USA in the second quarter-final decider and it was the tournament’s top try scorer Perry Baker that opened the scoring, finishing off a well worked try in the corner. England bounced back with an inside-outside try from reliable skipper Tom Mitchell and the captain was instrumental in their second score, as his deft flick help set up Charlie Hayter to leave it 14-5 to England at the break.

USA scored through Baker just after the resumption of play but their good work was undone moments later when Ollie Lindsay-Hague intercepted an American pass and galloped over to extend the lead. A Dan Norton try put the game beyond reach for USA and England secured a semi-final berth, as it finished 26-12.

Unbeaten on day one, Samoa faced series leaders South Africa and it was a close first half with Cecil Afrika’s opening the scoring and Werner Kok bustling his way over after some industrious work from the Blitzboks against a tight Samoan defence. The second half continued in the same vein as the first – tight, physical with turnovers aplenty. However Gordon Tietjens side couldn’t break down a resolute defence and it finished 12-0 with South Africa taking another step towards a series title.

Les tricolores flew with pride around the Stade Jean Bouin as the atmosphere ramped up even further on Sunday morning when France ran out to take on New Zealand in the last quarter-final. Kiwi captain DJ Forbes opened the exchanges when he crossed midway through the first period, before Sione Molia touched down before the break. A bad tempered second half saw French star Virimi Vakatawa yellow carded for striking as the All Black Sevens ground out a 14-0 victory.

Elsewhere, Japan have a battle on their hands to remain on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series next season as they remain bottom of the core teams on the standings. Russia lie in front of them on 27 points with just one tournament left to play next weekend when all 16 teams travel to Twickenham.

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HSBC 7s Day 1

SCOTLAND topped their pool for the second time this season as they shocked South Africa while Samoa upset their Pacific rivals Fiji and Australia as Paris played host to a day of sevens action at the Stade Jean Bouin. New Zealand and England also went unbeaten on Saturday as the penultimate round of the series saw some thrilling matches.

 

With South Africa still on course to secure the series win, the quarter-finals on day two will see Scotland play Fiji, England take on the USA, Samoa are rewarded for their efforts with a clash against South Africa and New Zealand play the hosts.

Day one also saw Canada, Argentina and Scotland cement their place at next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco with just one qualifying spot left from the series, which looks likely to be filled by Samoa.

POOL A
1 Scottish Rugby 2 South Africa 3 Canada 4 Japan

The opening game in Pool A saw Scotland take on South Africa with the Blitzboks in touching distance of the series title. Only Neil Powell’s men can say whether their eyes were on the bigger prize as a hungry Scottish side tore into their opposition. A scintillating try from Jamie Farndale was just one of the highlights as the Scots ensured a famous 19-12 win against the series leaders.

South Africa made amends later on Saturday as they eased past Japan, 35-5, while Canada fell to the Scots shortly afterwards, with the returning captain Scott Riddell getting on the scoreboard as they beat the Singapore champions, 26-19.

Riddell's men went on to beat Japan making it only the sixth time Scotland won all three games in pool play in ten years. South Africa eased past Canada later in the evening 31-7 to secure their quarter-final spot.

POOL B
1 New Zealand 2 USA 3 Wales 4 Argentina

New Zealand brought two new faces into the side for the weekend in Paris, but it was long serving legend DJ Forbes who showed them the way forward as he marked the opening Pool B match against Wales with his 150th series try as the All Black Sevens eased their way to a 26-7 victory.

USA were undoubtedly looking to make amends following their final disappointment at the last round in Singapore and they attacked Argentina with a superb try from Perry Baker. The two sides traded scores before USA showed their class, eventually winning 26-19.

New Zealand and Argentina were tied at half-time after a try a piece from Regan Ware for the All Black Sevens and Argentina captain Gaston Revol, however tries in the second period from Tim Mikkelson and Sam Dickson saw the Kiwis ensure a second win of the day. It wasn't a great day for the South Americans, and Argentina’s clash with Wales was only notable for being the highest aggregate score of the entire season, with 11 tries in the match as Wales won comfortably, 47-28. No two teams have scored more points in a match all season.

After the match, Wales head coach Gareth Williams said: “It broke up a bit in that second half…we executed perfectly in the first-half here too but we set the challenge for the second half. I think they are a good side. We have to keep improving and improving, we want to be aiming for the top eight, top four, especially with the Commonwealth Games coming up next year.”

New Zealand completed an unbeaten day one with a comfortable 27-14 win over USA; a try by Tone Ng Shiu after a beautiful offload helped to leave the All Black Sevens at the top of the pool after an impressive day at the home of Stade Français. The game saw Perry Baker add another two tries to his six for the day, reaffirming his position as one of the top try scorers in the game.

Scott Waldrom, New Zealand's head coach admitted the speedster is hard to stop: “I told the guys - don’t let him get the ball and tackle him! I felt a bit sorry for Jamie Booth, nobody wants to be stuck one on one with Perry Baker and he was there a couple of times. Best thing you can do is not let him get to (the ball).”

Easier said than done.

POOL C
1 England 2 France 3 Kenya 4 Spain

A massive roar greeted the opening Pool C encounter when Kenya ran out against hosts France, as the sun appeared for the first time over central Paris. While Kenya were not in the mood to just make up the number and led 14-5 at the break, France got back into the game and a remarkable try, started and finished by the returning Virimi Vakatawa, had the rugby world talking and the hosts celebrating a 22-14 win.

England beat Spain 31-0 in their first game of the day and had it their own way for most of the match against France in which Tom Mitchell and Dan Norton combined beautifully to score and seal a 24-7 win. France were made work hard by Spain in the last match, but five tries, including two from Jean-Pascal Barraque saw them run out 33-0 winners. England found Kenya tough in the last match of the day and will be content with a 12-12 draw to progress to the semis, however the draw was marred by a knee injury to the influential Dan Bibby.

POOL D
1 Samoa 2 Fiji 3 Australia 4 Russia

Perfect conditions for sevens rugby saw the day get underway with Olympic champions Fiji take on Samoa. Under new coach Gordon Tietjens the Samoans have had mixed fortunes this season but took the field in good spirits on Saturday morning. The opener turned out to be something of a classic, with tries, offloads and open, running rugby entertaining the early morning risers as the Samoans matched their Pacific rivals, holding out until the end for Tila Meoloi to cross under the posts and the resulting conversion sealed the win.

Australia beat a resilient Russian side 19-12 in the following match before Fiji put the Russians to the sword with a 54-0 victory later in Pool D.

It was Samoa who once stole the show again later in the day when they matched Australia’s pace and skill to score tries through Alamanda Motuga and two from Alatasi Tupou which put the game out of reach of the Australians.  Speaking afterwards, coach Gordon Tietjens admitted it was good to see encouraging signs from his team after a rocky season:

“It’s obviously been a tough year for us, but we’re starting to get a lot more consistency in our game and the guys are really starting to pick it up. I think we’re a lot fitter now. Two good wins…it’s a great start for us in this tournament.”

Samoa later guaranteed their place in the quarter finals with a 19-19 draw against Russia; they had to rely on replacement Francis Ieremia to score in the final minute to deny Russia a famous scalp. Australia were no match for Fiji in the last Pool D match, as tries from Kalione Nasoko and Vatemo Ravouvou in the second half put the game out of sight to finish 31-14 in favour of the Olympic champions.

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HSBC 7s Results

SATURDAY 13th MAY 2017

1

10:00

FIJI

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17-19

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SAMOA

POOL D

2

10:22

AUSTRALIA

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19-12

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RUSSIA

POOL D

3

10:44

NEW ZEALAND

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26-7

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WALES

POOL B

4

11:06

USA

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26-19

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ARGENTINA

POOL B

5

11:28

SOUTH AFRICA

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12-19

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SCOTLAND

POOL A

6

11:50

CANADA

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21-7

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JAPAN

POOL A

7

12:12

KENYA

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14-22

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FRANCE

POOL C

8

12:34

ENGLAND

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31-0

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SPAIN

POOL C

9

13:26

FIJI

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54-0

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RUSSIA

POOL D

10

13:48

AUSTRALIA

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14-21

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SAMOA

POOL D

11

14:10

NEW ZEALAND

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21-14

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ARGENTINA

POOL B

12

14:32

USA

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38-14

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WALES

POOL B

13

14:54

SOUTH AFRICA

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35-5

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JAPAN

POOL A

14

15:16

CANADA

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19-26

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SCOTLAND

POOL A

15

15:38

KENYA

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26-14

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SPAIN

POOL C

16

16:00

ENGLAND

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24-7

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FRANCE

POOL C

17

16:52

SAMOA

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19-19

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RUSSIA

POOL D

18

17:14

AUSTRALIA

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14-31

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FIJI

POOL D

19

17:36

WALES

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47-28

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ARGENTINA

POOL B

20

17:58

USA

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14-27

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NEW ZEALAND

POOL B

21

18:20

SCOTLAND

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31-14

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JAPAN

POOL A

22

18:42

CANADA

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7-31

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SOUTH AFRICA

POOL A

23

19:04

FRANCE

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33-0

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SPAIN

POOL C

24

19:26

ENGLAND

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12-12

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KENYA

POOL C

SUNDAY 14th MAY 2017

25

09:00

CANADA

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33-0

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RUSSIA

CT QF

26

09:22

KENYA

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7-12

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ARGENTINA

CT QF

27

09:44

AUSTRALIA

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28-19

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JAPAN

CT QF

28

10:06

WALES

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26-14

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SPAIN

CT QF

29

10:28

SCOTLAND

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24-0

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FIJI

CUP QF

30

10:50

ENGLAND

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26-12

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USA

CUP QF

31

11:12

SAMOA

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0-12

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SOUTH AFRICA

CUP QF

32

11:34

NEW ZEALAND

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14-0

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FRANCE

CUP QF

33

12:06

RUSSIA

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15-7

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KENYA

13th PL SF

34

12:28

JAPAN

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26-19

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SPAIN

13th PL SF

35

12:50

CANADA

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14-15

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ARGENTINA

CT SF

36

13:12

AUSTRALIA

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14-12

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WALES

CT SF

37

13:34

FIJI

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14-24

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USA

5th PL SF

38

13:56

SAMOA

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21-19

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FRANCE

5th PL SF

39

14:18

SCOTLAND

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19-17

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ENGLAND

CUP SF

40

14:40

SOUTH AFRICA

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26-5

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NEW ZEALAND

CUP SF

41

15:37

RUSSIA

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10-19

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JAPAN

13th PL PO

42

15:59

ARGENTINA

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33-12

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AUSTRALIA

CT FINAL

43

16:21

USA

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24-19

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SAMOA

5th PL PO

44

17:08

ENGLAND

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5-12

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NEW ZEALANDRio 2016 Bronze Medal

BRONZE

45

17:33

Rio 2016 Silver MedalSCOTLAND

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5-12

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SOUTH AFRICARio 2016 Gold Medal

CUP FINAL

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HSBC 7s Pools


POOL A

CanadaJapanScottish Rugbysa

POOL B

ArgentinanzUSAWales

POOL C

EnglandfranceKenyaSpain

POOL D

australiafijiRussiaSamoa

THE Pool draw for the HSBC Paris Sevens has taken place with Canada top seeds after winning the eighth round of the series in Singapore.

The Canadians are drawn in Pool A with series leaders South Africa, Scotland and Japan.

Pool B features Singapore runners-up USA who are drawn alongside New Zealand, Wales and Argentina.

England, who lie third in the series standings, are in Pool C with Kenya, France and invitational side Spain, who were recent series qualifier winners in Hong Kong.

Australia top Pool D and will face Fiji, Samoa and Russia on day one in Paris.

The action kicks off in Paris on Saturday, 13 May with all the action broadcast live from Stade Jean Bouin.

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RUGBY World Cup Sevens qualification, the series title and relegation fights are all on the agenda this weekend as teams get set for the HSBC Paris Sevens.

Paris 7s 2017The ninth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off at the Stade Jean Bouin in central Paris on Saturday with South Africa leading the standings, 25 points ahead of Fiji with England a further two points behind in third.

South Africa failed to reach the final for the first time this season in Singapore last month, but should they reach the Cup decider or lift the silverware in Paris then they would only need to take the field at Twickenham next weekend to secure a second series crown and first since 2009.

Paris 7s Captains 2017However, captain Philip Snyman insists his side are taking nothing for granted and are focused only on improving from the last round.

"We're really looking forward to the sevens in Paris this upcoming weekend. We had a nice break in Stellenbosch since Singapore and we worked hard. We want to fix some mistakes this weekend," he said.

"The guys who are joining for Paris are looking really sharp. We have guys like Rosko Specman coming back in and the team is in good spirits." 

The series title is not the only focal point in Paris, though, as four teams will be looking to cement their passage to Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco.

Nine teams have already qualified, the quarter-finalists from RWC Sevens 2013 in Moscow - New Zealand, England, Fiji, Kenya, South Africa, Wales, Australia, and France - and USA as 2018 hosts.

Four teams can join them through the 2016-17 series as the best ranked outside those nine qualifiers with Canada, Argentina and Scotland able to confirm their qualification this weekend in Paris. The final spot from the series looks to be a race between defending Paris champions Samoa and Russia with the Pacific islanders nine points ahead of their rivals.

"I think RWC Sevens is a really special event for Canada, it being in the States and so close to us. I think San Fran will be a cool venue. Just getting that qualification done and sorted out will be great and then we can look forward to the actual tournament," said Nate Hirayama, who captained Canada to their first series Cup title in Singapore.

Further down the series standings Japan, who finished fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, are battling to avoid losing their status as a core team on the series as they lie nine points behind Russia with two rounds left.

Spain, who join the 15 core teams as the invitational team in Paris and London, will replace the relegated side next season after winning the 2017-18 series qualifier in Hong Kong last month.

The final squads for the 16 teams have been named for this weekend's HSBC Paris Sevens.

HSBC 7s Squads

With just two rounds left in the 2016-17 series, South Africa lead the standings from Fiji in second and England in third place. The Blitzboks can all but wrap up the title if they appear in the final on Sunday, and will be helped by the return of try-scoring speedster Rosko Specman, who hasn't played since the sixth round in Vancouver.

Virimi Vakatawa returns to the French fold this weekend as the powerful runner bolsters the host side, who will bid farewell to captain Julien Candelon as the 37-year-old bows out of rugby after the tournament in Paris.

New Zealand welcome debutants Jamie Booth and Fa’asiu Fuatai for the ninth round of the series, with head coach Scott Waldrom excited about the new faces joining his side, despite the long injury list.

“The team has come together well over the last two weeks and we've had a solid build-up in Paris over recent days," said Waldrom. “With nine players unavailable due to injury we were presented with some selection challenges, but the team has come through and are looking forward to getting out on the field.

“Your first international sevens tournament is always exciting, so this weekend is a big moment for Jamie and Fa’asiu. They've prepared well and I’m sure will take the opportunity to stake a place in the sevens programme going forward."

Elsewhere, Wales captain Sam Cross leads the DHL Impact Player standings and is looking forward to getting out on the turf at Stade Jean Bouin.

"We've been pretty unfortunate a couple of times in Vancouver and Singapore where we've only won the Challenge Cup but we want to push on now and start making the Cup quarters. We need to focus on the first two games of day one - we've had slow starts in the past and we've been chasing results."

Argentina can cement their Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 place with a good finish in Paris, and captain Gaston Revol said new players will need to step up:

"We've been training a lot as we have five or six new guys and we need to welcome them into the team. We will try to focus on our positions (on the field) this weekend - we have a really difficult pool with USA, New Zealand and Wales and they are all doing well."

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