The Emirates Dubai 7s tournament, which serves as the opening round of the HSBC SVNS 2024, is scheduled to take place on 2-3 December. This highly-anticipated event will feature the top 12 men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams in the world.
Defending champions New Zealand will be looking to secure victory once again in both the men’s and women’s categories, following their impressive titles at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Meanwhile, South Africa’s men’s team and Australia’s women’s team will aim to repeat their triumphs from last year’s Emirates Dubai 7s.
The HSBC SVNS 2024 consists of seven regular season events and a Grand Final, bringing in the element of promotion and relegation. The tournament is set to kick off at 09:00 local time on Saturday, with the final taking place on Sunday at 19:53 local time.
The pool and match schedule for the Emirates Dubai 7s have already been announced. This tournament, known as the biggest sports and entertainment festival in the Middle East, has been a part of the HSBC SVNS since 1999 and will feature a total of 64 matches across two fields.
In the men’s competition, New Zealand, Canada, Samoa, and South Africa will compete in Pool A, while Argentina, Spain, Australia, and Ireland battle it out in Pool B. Pool C will see fierce competition between Fiji, France, USA, and Great Britain.
On the women’s side, Pool A will consist of New Zealand, Fiji, Great Britain, and South Africa. Australia, Brazil, Ireland, and Japan will compete in Pool B, and Pool C will showcase the talents of USA, France, Spain, and Canada.
The HSBC SVNS 2024 introduces an exciting new format, culminating in a Grand Final in Madrid and a relegation play-off competition. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season will have the opportunity to compete in the Grand Final, while teams ranked ninth to twelfth will battle it out in the relegation play-off. Additionally, the top four teams from the World Rugby Sevens Challenger will also have a chance to compete in the relegation play-off.
The winners of the Grand Final will be crowned the HSBC SVNS 2024 champions, adding an extra layer of excitement to the tournament. The Emirates Dubai 7s will begin with thrilling matches between USA and Spain, as well as France and Canada in the women’s competition. In the men’s category, New Zealand will face off against South Africa.
With its star-studded lineup and thrilling action, the Emirates Dubai 7s promises to deliver an exhilarating start to the rugby sevens season. Fans and spectators can expect a weekend full of high-intensity matches and unforgettable moments.
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