Australia and South Africa emerged as the champions of the 2023/24 World Rugby Sevens series in Dubai, proving their dominance in both the women’s and men’s tournaments. The highly anticipated event took place on 2-3 December and was a highly successful showcase of the talents of global rugby sevens teams.
In the women’s competition, Australia, the reigning Rio 2016 Olympic champions, displayed their impeccable skills and strategic gameplay. They easily dominated their pool matches, securing victories against Brazil, Japan, and Ireland. In the quarter-finals, they triumphed over USA with an impressive 32-5 win. The semi-final was a thrilling encounter against France, with Australia narrowly clinching a close 21-14 victory.
The grand finale was a clash of titans between Australia and New Zealand. These two fierce rivals left no stone unturned in their pursuit of victory. In an intense match, Australia managed to emerge triumphant, winning the final with a score of 26-19. It was a hard-fought battle that highlighted the exceptional talent and determination of both teams.
Meanwhile, in the men’s competition, South Africa showed their prowess on the field. They faced tough competition throughout the series but managed to overcome each challenge with their exceptional skillset. With impressive teamwork and strategic gameplay, they successfully secured the top spot in the tournament.
France also made their mark in the competition, securing a well-deserved third place by defeating Canada with a score of 26-5 in the play-off. The series witnessed thrilling matches, showcasing the incredible talents of both men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams.
One significant development in this edition of the World Rugby Sevens series is the inclusion of equal numbers of men’s and women’s teams in each leg. This is a significant stride towards promoting gender equality and providing equal opportunities for both men and women in the sport.
The 2023/24 World Rugby Sevens series in Dubai has undoubtedly set the stage for an exciting season ahead. With Australia and South Africa emerging as champions in the women’s and men’s tournaments respectively, fans can anticipate fierce competition and enthralling matches in the upcoming legs of the series.