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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 tick­et­mas­­bar­ians 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.

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