Sevens schedule announced for Glasgow 2014

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 19 February 2014
 Sevens schedule announced for Glasgow 2014
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 champions New Zealand are the pre-tournament favourites

Glasgow 2014 has confirmed the match schedule for the Rugby Sevens competition at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Reigning champions New Zealand, who have won all four Commonwealth gold medals to date, will face Canada in the opening match of the competition on Saturday morning July 26 while Delhi finalists Australia take on Sri Lanka.

Scotland, England and Wales kick off their campaigns later in the morning session against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, respectively.

The Saturday evening session promises to be thrilling viewing for Rugby fans as the teams in each of the four pools fight it out for a spot in the medal quarter-finals and the chance to compete for gold on Sunday.

Among the Saturday evening games on show are Canada v Scotland, Samoa v Wales, England v Australia and South Africa v Kenya.

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IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The Rugby Sevens competition has proven to be a hit with fans at previous Commonwealth Games and I am sure that Glasgow 2014 will be no different with many of the world’s top teams participating as the sport returns to Scotland, its spiritual birthplace.”

“This prestigious event is always fiercely contested and while HSBC Sevens World Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens champions New Zealand probably start as favourites, they will be pushed hard by the likes of England, Samoa, Australia and South Africa, not to mention the home team Scotland and many emerging Rugby nations such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Barbados.

“Sevens often produces surprises, so no doubt every team will head to Glasgow with the ambition of winning a medal.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive said: “The Rugby Sevens competition at Glasgow 2014 will be a truly world-class field and, as the match schedule announced today confirms, is set to be a gripping contest. Rugby Sevens is action-packed and fast-paced and, since all of the teams will be playing in each session of competition, this superb Glasgow 2014 sporting showcase guarantees fans the chance to see world-class Rugby in action.”

A total of 45 games will be contested across two days of fierce competition at Ibrox Stadium in a fast and furious contest which requires teamwork, skill and stamina as two teams with seven athletes on the pitch go toe to toe for glory in games which last just 14 minutes.