Australia Win Women’s Sevens Tournament in Dubai

Australia claimed the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai on Friday, beating Russia 33-12 in front of a packed house.

Despite losing their inspirational captain Sharni Williams to injury on day two, the girls in gold remained unbeaten all through the tournament.

Defending champions New Zealand, who were among the sides beaten by Russia on day one in Dubai, were knocked out of the cup by Australia in the quarter-finals. Russia easily beat Spain in their quarter-final, before clinching their semi-finals against England with a last minute try.

In yet another thrilling day of rugby in the Dubai heat, New Zealand won the Plate final by beating Canada after extra time. The third place spot went to England who also had to go to extra time to beat France, and the Bowl final was won by series newcomers Japan.


The action now moves to Sao Paulo in Brazil next February, when the twelve teams will battle it out as the Road to Rio gets shorter.

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