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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018

History beckons for Rugby Sevens

Rugby Sevens
15 Apr 2018

Australia, New Zealand, Canada and England will have the chance to make history as the first women’s Rugby Sevens Commonwealth Games medals are awarded on the last day of competition.

With women's Rugby Sevens making its debut at the Commonwealth Games, finals day for both the women's and men's competitions at Robina Stadium promises to be memorable, in more ways than one.

The women's finals will be a repeat of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with champions Australia playing Canada in the first semifinal. Australia won 17-5 at the same stage at Rio 2016.

“It will be a tough semifinal because they're a good team but we’re excited to be playing such high-quality teams such as New Zealand and Australia," Canada's Bianca Farella said on the semifinal match against Australia.

Silver medallists from that Olympics, New Zealand, will play England in the second semi. New Zealand beat Great Britain 25-7 two years ago in Brazil.

Daniel Bibby of England is tackled by Ben O'Donnell of Australia during the Rugby Sevens Men's Pool B match against Australia
Daniel Bibby of England dodges a tackle by Ben O'Donnell of Australia during the Rugby Sevens Men's Pool B match.

Meanwhile, the men’s semifinals includes an epic clash between Olympic champions Fiji and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallists South Africa.

"We know when the boys come out against the green jersey they lift into a different level," Fiji coach Gareth Baber said.

"I think we've beaten them the last three times we've played but it's always a tough battle against South Africa.

We know how they play and they know how we play. It will be a battle of those two systems. I suppose you could say there will be a gladiatorial effect to it."

South Africa's captain Philip Snyman believes his team can kick into another gear in the semifinal match against Fiji.

"We’re looking forward to playing Fiji, but we won't change our ways. They (Fiji) play a very unstructured game and we need to make sure that we stick to our game," Snyman said.

England takes on New Zealand, who have won the Commonwealth Games title four out of five editions, in the first semifinal after knocking out world number four Australia 26-17 on Saturday 14 April.

No host country has ever won a Commonwealth Games medal in rugby sevens and that record will remain intact for at least another four years.