Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Sixteen nations will compete in the Rugby Sevens event of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, according to International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
The teams will battle for two days and four competition sessions at the city’s iconic Ibrox Stadium, said Lapasset.
The action kicks off Saturday with four-time champion New Zealand taking on Canada, while hosts Scotland begin its campaign against the New Zealanders later in the day.
Of the 16 teams in the draw, New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, South Africa, Kenya, Samoa, Wales, England and Australia are all perennial contenders in the the IRB’s annual men’s World Series.
The remaining nations are competitive in their respective regions, and have played at various times at the highest level.
“Once again the Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens is one of the hottest tickets at the Commonwealth Games, reaching out to new and existing fans with its winning blend of world class players, breath-taking matches and festival atmosphere,” said Lapasset.
“With Ibrox the stage for some of the biggest names in Rugby Sevens to showcase their talent, Glasgow 2014 has all the ingredients to write another unforgettable chapter in the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens success story. I am sure it will be a spectacular event,” he added.
Pool A is composed of New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Nigeria while Pool B is made up of South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and Tobago. Pool C consists of Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia while England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda are in Group D.