Kenya meet South Africa in Commonwealth games rugby
15 January 2014, 18:20
Nairobi - Kenya has been grouped with South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and Cook Islands as the draw for the 2014 rugby sevens Commonwealth Games was announced.
England and Australia are drawn together while reigning champions New Zealand will take on home side Scotland and Canada.
The sixteen teams who will compete for
the Gold medal are Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, England, Kenya,
Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, South
Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Wales.
Reigning champions New Zealand, who have
won all four Commonwealth Gold medals to date, have been drawn in Pool A
alongside Canada, Nigeria and Scotland.
South Africa (Pool B) and Australia
(Pool D) were both among the medals at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games
and, together with Samoa (Pool C) and England (Pool D), are among the
nations determined to challenge the mighty All-Blacks’ dominance in
The four Pools confirmed by the International Rugby Board and Commonwealth Games Federation are:
Pool A – New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Nigeria
Pool B – South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and Tobago
Pool C – Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia
Pool D – England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda
A total of 45 games will be contested
across two days of fierce competition at Ibrox Stadium in a fast and
furious contest which requires teamwork, skill and stamina as two teams
with seven athletes on the pitch go toe to toe for glory in games which
last just 14 minutes.
Greg Warnecke, Head of Sport at Glasgow 2014 said:
“Glasgow will welcome most of the
world’s best Rugby Sevens nations to compete at the Games. The standard
of competition will be world-class, the action is fast-paced and with
all of the teams playing in each session of competition, it guarantees a
feast of rugby action and a brilliant atmosphere all round.”
IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, said:
"For 16 years now Rugby Sevens has
enjoyed being a key part of the Commonwealth Games. To compete alongside
their compatriots in a multisport environment is a matter of huge pride
and honour for our rugby players, who are making giant strides in this
new Olympic era. We wish our Rugby athletes all the best in this
magnificent international event." (Quoted courtesy IRB).