AUSTRALIA THE TEAM TO BEAT IN DUBAI
Australia proved in the 2015-16 season that they are the dominant force in women’s rugby as they took the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series title and claimed Olympic gold at the summer games in Rio. And it seems they will once again be the team to beat in Dubai after starting the new season with victory at the Oceania Sevens. The Olympic champions finished the tournament without a defeat after beating Fiji 31-0 in the final. Australia will begin the defence of their Dubai title against South Africa, before games against the USA and Russia. The women’s competition starts on December 1 with pool matches and concludes with knockout matches on December 2, the day the men’s action starts.