There were 4 spots remaining in the Women’s competition for the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco going into this weekend – 2 for Asia, 1 for North America and 1 for South America. And following an engrossing day 1 action in difficult conditions, Japan women, China women and Kazakhstan women battled it out for the 2 places available for Asia. And both the Sakura women and the China women triumphed.
Japan lead the standings after the first leg in Korea and looked the dominant side throughout showing a class that has stemmed from their experience on the World Sevens Series.
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Following their latest stint on the WSS, the coaching staff made a deliberate shift in their preparation for this year’s ARWSS focusing more on a physical presence to their game as they struggled to match the bigger and more physical sides.
And their strategy paid dividends as they swept aside the returning Kazakhstan side matching their physicalty at the breakdowns coupled with continuous movement of the ball.
Again, the side was lead by their magnificent captain, Chiharu Nakamura who finished the leg with 29 points and Honoka Tsutsumi who lead the scoring stats for Japan with 30 points over the weekend including the crucial second try in the final versus China, grounding out a 10 – 5 win.
And with it, the Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Sri Lanka and and the overall Series for 2017.
Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2017
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The four semi-finalists from Moscow 2013 are pre-qualified in New Zealand, Canada, Spain and USA.
Under the agreed qualification process, the top four nations from the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016-17 – excluding these pre-qualified teams – would confirm their places at RWC Sevens 2018, meaning that Australia, Fiji, Russia and France are now qualified.
The remaining eight places will be filled by teams through regional competitions from June 2017 to April 2018 as follows:
Europe (2 teams) – Qualifiers: England and Ireland
Asia (2 teams) – Qualifiers: Japan and China
Africa (1 team) – Qualifier: South Africa
North America (1 team)
South America (1 team)
Oceania (1 team)