AROUND THE WORLD IN TEN STORIES 1 South Africa 2 Russia 3 Indonesia
A r ound- up of news f r om all point s of t he globe
Springboks Handré Pollard, Eben Etzebeth and Tendai Mtawarira (below) will line up for the Barbarians against Argentina on 1 December at Twickenham. Australia scrum-half
Will Genia will also join up with the invitational side for the fixture and Rassie Erasmus will coach the team.
Tickets are available from £20 for adults and £15 for kids – see ticketmaster.co.uk/barbarians for details. Russia won the Rugby Europe Women’s Grand Prix Sevens Series for a third straight year. With captain Alena Mikhaltsova (above) to the fore, they pipped France to the trophy on points difference. Both sides finished with one silver medal and one tournament title.
Ireland finished third in the series rankings with Scotland fourth, England sixth below Belgium and Wales eighth.
Germany and Portugal were the two relegated teams. There were new champions in both the men’s and women’s sevens at the Asian Games in Jakarta. Japan’s men had triumphed in the previous three Games but this time lost 14-0 to Hong Kong (below) in the final. In the women’s competition, Japan defeated defending champions China 7-5 in the final to secure gold.
Korea took bronze in the men’s event with Kazakhstan third in the women’s.