On stage during the Toulouse Sevens World Championship weekend
The 2023 World Sevens Championship stops this weekend in Toulouse, France, in the last chapter of the women’s championship and penultimate of the men’s: many judgments will be made.
The 2023 World Sevens Championship will stop this weekend – from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May – at the Ernst Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, France, in the last and penultimate chapter of the women’s tournament and the penultimate for men, with many judgments to be made.
In the women’s field, New Zealand are almost certain to win the title, 16 points clear of second-placed Australia. It would be enough for the Black Ferns not to finish in the bottom two: an extremely unlikely situation, given the five golds and one silver won in the six Tours held so far.
The real challenge is that associated with the fifth place, which will make it possible to separate the last advanced ticket to the Olympic Games in Paris 2024: Ireland, Fiji and Great Britain will play, with the Irish starting two points ahead of the Fijians and four ahead of their British “cousins”. On the other hand, the wildcards of New Zealand, Australia and the United States are already safe, in addition to France as the organizing country.
The All Blacks 7s also have an advantage in the men’s tournament: having already mathematically won the Olympic qualification, to win the 2023 series they just have to manage the good advantage accumulated in the remaining two stages (Toulouse and London). Argentina and Fiji, second and third respectively, are the main favorites so far for the final podium, while the Paris 2024 battle centers above all between Australia and Samoa, with South Africa likely to be the third wheel, for the last four. direct access.
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These are men’s group stage pairings, with some ‘dangerous crossings’ from the start. In Group A, the All Blacks face Uruguay, the surprise of this tournament, as well as Kenya and Canada, two big players in decline now. Group B sees Argentina and Great Britain at the top of the list, as well as Spain and Germany in the role of visiting the national team. The prediction is far from clear in Group C, with Fiji, France, Blitzbox and Nations. A fight to the last goal in Group D is also expected, given that Samoa, Australia and Ireland, as well as Japan, are in the role of outsiders.
In the women’s tournament, Group A sees the New Zealand national team face Canada, the United States and Poland (Team Invitational Round); Group B vows to be hard fought, due to the presence of Australia, France, Ireland and Brazil; Group C thus pits Great Britain, Fiji, Spain and Japan against each other, with the top two national teams expecting their Olympic race from this stage.
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In Italy, all World Championship matches are broadcast live for free on World Rugby channels dedicated to the World of Sevens: programAnd Facebook page And YouTube channel. Detailed calendar of meetings is available at Official site.
The group stage is scheduled to kick off – Italian time – at 10am on Friday 12 May; Qualifying matches run all morning, alternating between men’s and women’s, and then resume on Saturday morning and continue until about 2:30 p.m. As for the knockout matches, the women’s quarter-finals are always scheduled to start on Saturday from 15:26, while the men’s quarter-finals are held from 17:38 to 20:30.
The conclusion of the French stage is scheduled for Sunday, May 14, with the semi-finals for women at 9:44 and 10:06, and for men at 13:32 and 13:54. However, these are the times for the finals: at 16:37 the bronze medal is awarded to the women, less than half an hour after the men’s; At 17:26 the women’s final, at 17:56 the men’s final.
Men’s Sevens World Championship 2023 – Toulouse
- Group A: New Zealand, Uruguay, Kenya and Canada
- Group B: Argentina, Great Britain, Spain, Germany
- Group C: Fiji, France, South Africa, USA
- Group D: Samoa, Australia, Japan, Ireland
Ranking after the ninth round: New Zealand 164, Argentina 140, Fiji 130, France 122, Australia 112, Samoa 111, South Africa 106.
Women’s Sevens World Championship 2023 – Toulouse
- Group A: New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Poland
- Group B: Australia, France, Ireland, Brazil
- Group C: Great Britain, Fiji, Spain, Japan
Women’s ranking after the sixth day: New Zealand 118, Australia 102, the United States 90, France 78, Ireland 64, Fiji 62, Great Britain 60.
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