In a first for the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships the pools were randomly drawn this morning at a Media Conference organised by Oceania Rugby at Fiji’s Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.
The top four (4) seeded Men’s Teams and two (2) Women’s teams were allocated the top spot in each pool, with the remaining spots in each pool drawn randomly in accordance to the bands of teams ranked 5-8, 9-12 and 13th in the Men’s section, and 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 in the Women’s section. The rankings were determined by the 2017 Oceania Rugby and HSBC Seven World Series placings.
The draw was facilitated by Mr Bruce Cook, Rugby Services Manager Oceania – World Rugby, conducted by Ms Mere Rakoroi, Fiji Rugby Union Board Member, and Mr Peter Mazey, Executive Chairman of the Fiji National Sports Commission.
Ms Mere Rakoroi, Fiji Rugby Union, drawing out the Women's Championship Pools
Ahead of the draw Mr Bruce Cook said that the best in the world of 7s are coming to Suva this November. He said a total of 21 Teams will converge in Suva from the week of Monday the 5th of November with the opportunity for every Fijian to see their sevens heroes play international teams at home.
“This is very rare and the Oceania Sevens Championship provides every Fijian with this opportunity,” Mr Cook said.
“We are also excited to mention today that the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship provide qualification opportunities for non-core teams into the HSBC Sevens World Series for 2018/2019 period,” Mr Cook added.
The Oceania Rugby teams who have pre - qualified for the HSBC SWS 2018/2019 are as follows - Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa in the men’s competition and Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in the women’s Competition.
The 1st highest placed non-core team in the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Men’s Championship will (a) Qualify as the 16th team to the 2018/2019 HSBC Word Sevens Series Legs in Hamilton (January 26 – 27, 2019) (b) Qualify as the 16th team to the 2018/2019 HSBC Word Sevens Series Legs in Sydney (February 2 – 3, 2019) and (c) Qualify for the 2020 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong (April 5th - 7th, 2019)
The 2nd highest placed non-core team in 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Men’s Championship will qualify for the 2020 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong (April 5th - 7th, 2019).
The 1st highest placed non-core team in the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Women’s Championship will qualify as (a) the Invitational team to the 2018/2019 HSBC Word Sevens Series Legs in Sydney (February 2 – 3, 2019) and (b) the 2020 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong (April 5th - 7th, 2019).
The random pool draw saw teams allocated into the following pools: