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Dubai 7’s – Road to Rio

Dubai 7’s – Road to Rio

It may be summer and the Spring Tour may have ended, but there is still Rugby to be played as both the Australian Men’s and Women’s take to the field in Dubai over the next few days.

Dubai is the second of nine stops for the men on the series and the Australian side will be looking to improve on their showing at the Gold Coast where they went down to Argentina in the Plate Semi-Final.

The Aussies are grouped with England, Kenya and the USA in group C and will be boosted by the return of Greg Jeloudev and Allan Fa’alava’au to the 12-man squad as coach Geraint John has looked to mix things up a bit for his second tournament in charge by adding some players with speed to the squad.

For the women, Dubai is the first of six tournaments towards qualification for Rio in 2016 and top four sides on the ladder at the end of the six rounds will be heading to Rio to join hosts Brazil in the quest for the Gold medal.

The team boasts the Worlds best sevens player in Emilee Cherry and is joined by the likes of Sharni Williams, Alicia Quirk and speedster Elia Green in a team that should come away with victory at a venue where they have tasted success before. They will line up in Group B alongside South Africa, France and Spain.

Coach Tim Walsh has used a warmup tournament in Fiji to test out some of the combinations and they did not disappoint, coming away with the title with some big wins along the way.

Fixtures

The Women’s tournament kicks off on Thursday whilst the Men’s kicks off on Friday.

Women:
South Africa – 6pm
France – 8:56pm
Spain – 12:14am (Fri)

Men:
Kenya – 6:36pm
USA – 9:36pm
England – 3:31am (Sat)
All times AEDT

The women’s fixtures will be streamed online
The men’s fixtures will be shown on Fox Sports from 3:50pm (AEDT) on Friday with the women’s Cup Semi-Final onwards also to be shown.

Squads

Men: Cameron Clark, Tom Cusack, Allan Fa’alava’au, Con Foley, Pama Fou, Alex Gibbon, Lewis Holland, Greg Jeloudev, Ed Jenkins, Nick Malouf, Sam Myers, James Stannard

Women: Charlotte Caslick, Emilee Cherry, Chloe Dalton, Gemma Etheridge, Ellia Green, Shannon Parry, Evania Pelite, Tiana Penitani, Alicia Quirk, Tanisha Stanton, Emma Tonegato, Amy Turner, Sharni Williams

  • hugh

    Pretty sure our Women’s team will easily qualify for Rio 2016.

    Our Mens team really need to pull their finger out if they want to be at Rio next year.

  • hugh

    Women’s Games:
    AUS v SAF, 6.00pm (AEST)
    AUS 36: Tries: CASLICK, GREEN, PENITANI, QUIRK, TURNER, DALTON; Concersions: DALTON (5)
    defeated SAF 0
    HT 21-0

    AUS v FRA, 8.56pm (AEST), 4 December
    AUS 24: Tries: CASLICK, GREEN, QUIRK, TONEGATO; Conversion: Dalton 2
    defeated FRA 10: Tries GUIGLIOU, IZAR
    HT 14-5

    To come:
    AUS v SPA, 12.14am (AEST), 5 December

    SPA drew with SAF (17-17), so AUS would be favoured to finish Day 1 undefeated.

    NZL, ENG, CAN undefeated so far.

  • Patrick

    Fair run by Green, loves a slow and go with even a hint of goosestep!

  • DameEdnasPossum

    Yeah baby…got my tickets…see you out there.

    I just hope the wind doesn’t pick up…the grounds are a fabulous oasis…but there’s lots of sand/ dust surrounding it and a shamal (dust storm) sucks big ones!

  • hugh

    Full results from Day 1 for our team:

    AUS v SAF, 6.00pm (AEST)
    AUS 36: Tries: CASLICK, GREEN, PENITANI, QUIRK, TURNER, DALTON; Conversions: DALTON (5)
    defeated SAF 0
    HT 21-0

    AUS v FRA, 8.56pm (AEST)
    AUS 24: Tries: CASLICK, GREEN, QUIRK, TONEGATO; Conversion: Dalton 2
    defeated FRA 10: Tries GUIGLIOU, IZAR
    HT 14-5

    AUS v SPA, 12.14am (AEST),
    AUS 39: Tries: GREEN (3), PARRY, PELITE, TONEGATO, WILLIAMS; Conversion: ETHERIDGE, WILLIAMS
    defeated SPA 0
    HT 22-0

    Good first day results.

    AUS, NZL, ENG undefeated so far

  • Patrick

    Cup QF results in for the women, shows what a different ball game it is to the men’s version:

    Aus 47 – 0 Fiji
    Canada 36 – 0 USA
    France 7- 5 England
    NZ 19 – Russia 7 (!!)

    Australia Canada and France NZ to be the semis.

  • Canuckruck

    Good tournament for Australian men! How’s the coach you stole from us working out for you? Hated listening to Geraint John talking to the troops at half time in the final telling them to “go side to side” and “use the flow”……All things that Canada wasn’t doing in this tournament. We were crash balling without support runners and losing possession, not passing the ball, etc etc. Nothing like waking up at 0430 in the morning to watch us get destroyed by Portugal (yes Portugal!!!)

    • Nick

      Unlucky mate. Seems Kenya has taken a backward step too after Mike Friday left for the US.

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