Aust, Ja­pan new on women’s 7s cir­cuit

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Lon­don: Aus­tralia and Ja­pan have been added to the next round of the Women’s Sev­ens Se­ries. World Rugby con­firmed a five tour­na­ment se­ries for the 2016-17 cam­paign and hope to add a sixth venue. New Zealand will be out to wres­tle the se­ries ti­tle back from Aus­tralia, who have emerged as the dom­i­nant force in women’s sev­ens, beat­ing the Kiwis in the Olympics fi­nal in Rio. The se­ries kicks off along­side the men’s equiv­a­lent in Dubai in early De­cem­ber, be­fore join­ing the Syd­ney Sev­ens in Fe­bru­ary. It then moves to a new lo­ca­tion in Ki­takyushu, Ja­pan, in April be­fore head­ing to Vic­to­ria, Canada, in May and then the se­ries fi­nale will take place in Cler­mont-Fer­rand, France, at the end of June. “Com­bin­ing a women’s event with the men’s tour­na­ment in Syd­ney as well as new venue in Ki­takyushu will add to al­ready es­tab­lished tour­na­ments like Dubai, Vic­to­ria and Cler­mont-Fer­rand. “I look for­ward to see­ing more and more women and girls get in­volved in the game and en­joy these fan­tas­tic tour­na­ments over the 2016-17 sea­son,” World Rugby Chair­man Bill Beau­mont said. The 10-tour­na­ment men’s se­ries will fol­low a fa­mil­iar path where Fiji will be out to de­fend their ti­tle on the back of their Olympics suc­cess.

Women’s Sev­ens World Se­ries 2016-17 Dubai: 1-2 De­cem­ber, 2016, Syd­ney: 3-4 Fe­bru­ary, 2017 Ki­takyushu: 22-23 April, Vic­to­ria/ Lang­ford, Canada: 27-28 May, Cler­mont-Fer­rand: 24-25 June

Men’s Sev­ens World Se­ries 2016-17 Dubai: 2-3 De­cem­ber, Cape Town; 10-11 De­cem­ber

Wellington: 28-29 Jan­uary, Syd­ney: 4-5 Fe­bru­ary Las Ve­gas: 3-5 March, Van­cou­ver: 11-12 March Hong Kong: 7-9 April, Sin­ga­pore: 15-16 April Paris: 13-14May, Lon­don: 20-21May - Stuff

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