South Africa Women secured a favourable Band Two seeding position for the RWC Sevens 2013 Pool Allocation Draw (PAD), which takes place in Moscow on 28 February, the IRB announced on Thursday.
Mandisa Williams’ team is currently in sixth place according to the Pool Allocation Draw, one position behind New Zealand. South Africa owe their favourable draw position thanks to their fourth spot on the current Women’s Sevens World Series log and also for reaching the semi-finals of the RWC Sevens 2009 in Dubai.
England’s victory in round two of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Houston, Texas has secured their position as number-one seeds for the RWC Sevens 2013, which takes place from 28-30 June in the iconic Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Last week South Africa managed to finish in eighth spot in Houston after their excellent showing in Dubai last December, where they were the beaten finalists.
For the RWC Sevens 2013 Pool Allocation Draw, Band Two will be populated by New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and Russia while the third tier will include Netherlands, China, France and Japan.
RWC Sevens 2013 will be staged at Moscow’s premier sports venue, Luzhniki Stadium, which has previously hosted the Olympic Games and the final of the UEFA Champions League.
South Africa coach Denver Wannies, said his team is making steady progress and that he was pleased with their position for the draw.
“If you take into account the limited number of playing opportunities our girls have had before the World Series then I think we can be reasonably pleased,” said Wannies.
“Thanks to the World Series, we are now getting more regular playing opportunities and that will only improve our overall strength, increase our experience and allow us to give more girls the chance to play against quality opposition,” Wannies added.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s men retained their number-one status in the RWC Sevens rankings following their third place finish in the Wellington round of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The Springbok Sevens are currently ranked third. With just one round left before the PAD in Moscow, opportunities are fading fast for sides that want to move up a band before then.
The RWC Sevens 2013 Pool Allocation Draw will take place at Petroff Palace, Moscow, on 28 February.
The Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens rankings' after Houston leg of IRB Women’s Sevens World Series:
1. England 48
2. Australia 46
3. Canada 36
4. USA 36
5. New Zealand 34
6. South Africa 30
7. Spain 28
8. Russia 28
9. Netherlands 26
10. China 10
11. France 6
The four bands for the women are as follows:
Band 1: Australia, England, Canada, USA
Band 2: New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Russia
Band 3: Netherlands, China, France, Japan
Band 4: Tunisia, Ireland, Fiji, (S American Qualifier).
Note: Bands 3 and 4 may change slightly depending on the result of the South American qualifying tournament. Based on points attained, Japan may be displaced from Band 3 if Brazil wins that event, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro from 23-24 February.