France main threat to SA

UNITED:The Springbok sevens team after the quarterfinal against New Zealand in San Diego. © Gallo Images
UNITED:The Springbok sevens team after the quarterfinal against New Zealand in San Diego. © Gallo Images

Number one ranked South Africa have been pooled with France, Uruguay and Korea in Pool A of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament in the IRB Sevens World Series on March 27 to 29.

Number one ranked South Africa have been pooled with France, Uruguay and Korea in Pool A of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament in the IRB Sevens World Series on March 27 to 29.

The Hong Kong tournament is arguably the most important in the series for the Springboks.

Co-leaders with England at the halfway mark of the IRB Series, they will dearly want the 30 points on offer to the winner.

Just as important will be not to be eliminated before the playoffs or in the early phases because that could see New Zealand catch up with them.

France, a side that blows hot and cold, are on the face of it the side most likely to trouble the Springboks - though the previous tournaments and a loss to Kenya will be a stark reminder not to underestimate the unranked sides.

England, who are seeded second and eliminated the Boks in the San Diego tournament less than two weeks ago, top Pool B where they will have to beat Wales, Japan and China to advance to the quarters.

New Zealand, seeking their first win in the 2008-09 IRB Series, are in Pool C with Australia, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

Argentina face three tough matches against Portugal, Tonga and Hong Kong in one of the toughest pools - Pool D.

Fiji and Samoa are in Pool E with Canada and Chinese Taipei, while Kenya, Scotland and the United States will see to a very even Pool F along with a combined West Indies side. - Sapa

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