Commonwealth Games: NZ women sevens open with easy victory


This comes two years after Canada won the bronze medal at Rio 2016 when women's and men's rugby sevens made their Olympic debuts together.

The Langford-based Canadian team opened with a 29-0 victory over South Africa and 24-12 win over Kenya before dropping a 24-7 decision to the No. 2 New Zealand Black Ferns.

Scotland and Wales men lost their final pool matches, to South Africa and Fiji, and face each other in one of the games to decide 5th to 8th place on Sunday.

With only the top side in each pool qualifying for the tournament semi-finals, this was a make or break clash for both sides.

Hosts Australia are out of medal contention after finishing behind England in pool B.

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Joe Webber, who was a member of the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medal winning team, has withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

The Kiwi men are off to a predictably blistering start at the Commonwealth Games sevens tournament.

As we move closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it's inevitable that the look of Canada's women's sevens team will evolve.

The Canadians' medal-round fate rested on a very hard final pool game played early this morning PDT against world No. 3 New Zealand.

The men maintained their unbeaten run and eliminated Australia to set up a match against New Zealand on Sunday.