Dubai 7s | HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016-17

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Olympic gold medal winners and 2015-16 women’s series champions Australia will begin their HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016-17 campaign against South Africa, following the announcement of the full match schedule for the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens.

Olympic silver medallists New Zealand, winners in Dubai in 2012 and 2014, begin their Dubai campaign against Ireland and also face France and Fiji. Les Bleues have finished fourth at the last two Dubai events, while Fijiana and Ireland both helped kick-start the 2015 event by upsetting Canada and USA.

Canada, who finished third in the 2015-16 series, start against Brazil in pool C, while England and Spain get the action underway in Dubai with the very first match in either the women’s or men’s competition.

The fifth women’s series will also qualify four teams for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, USA in July 2018. New Zealand, Canada, Spain and USA have qualified by virtue of reaching the semi-finals at RWC Sevens 2013 but the top four nations outside of these in the 2016-17 series will secure their places in the 16-team event.


Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Australia New Zealand Canada
USA France England
Russia Fiji Spain
South Africa Ireland Brazil


All WSWS tournaments will be broadcast on the Women’s Sevens World Series TV. Note that there may be some geo-blocking due to your location.

USA viewers can potentially watch on NBC or The Rugby Channel.


We’ll be using #Dubai7s, join the conversation!


We will be updating our Twitter and Facebook and each event page (details below) with full results and updates.

Schedule & Results (LOCAL TIME)


Time (UAE)






12/1/2016 12:00 PM England  31 Spain  7 Pool play
12/1/2016 12:22 PM Canada  26 Brazil  19 Pool play
12/1/2016 12:44 PM France  14 Fiji  21 Pool play
12/1/2016 1:06 PM New Zealand  27 Ireland  5 Pool play
12/1/2016 1:28 PM USA  12 Russia  10 Pool play
12/1/2016 1:50 PM Australia  38 South Africa 5 Pool play
12/1/2016 2:56 PM England  28 Brazil  7 Pool play
12/1/2016 3:18 PM Canada  27 Spain  7 Pool play
12/1/2016 3:40 PM France  24 Ireland  14 Pool play
12/1/2016 4:02 PM New Zealand  19 Fiji  10 Pool play
12/1/2016 4:24 PM USA  7 South Africa  26 Pool play
12/1/2016 4:46 PM Australia  20 Russia  7 Pool play
12/1/2016 5:53 PM Spain  21 Brazil  5 Pool play
12/1/2016 6:15 PM Canada  24 England  12 Pool play
12/1/2016 18:37 Fiji  17 Ireland  17 Pool play
12/1/2016 6:59 PM New Zealand  30 France  0 Pool play
12/1/2016 7:21 PM Russia  19 South Africa  14 Pool play
12/1/2016 7:42 PM Australia  19 USA  10 Pool play
12/2/16 9:00 AM  New Zealand  39  South Africa  0 Cup QFs
12/2/16 9:22 AM  Canada  7  Russia  17 Cup QFs
12/2/16 9:44 AM  Fiji  17  England  19 Cup QFs
12/2/16 10:06 AM  Australia  42  France  0 Cup QFs
12/2/16 11:52 AM  Spain  22  Brazil  7 Challenge Trophy SFs
12/2/16 12:14 PM  USA  5  Ireland  28 Challenge Trophy SFs
12/2/16 12:36 PM  South Africa  12  Canada  19 5th/6th SFs
12/2/16 12:58 PM  Fiji  31  France  12 5th/6th SFs
12/2/16 1:28 PM  New Zealand  24  Russia  5 Cup SFs
12/2/16 1:50 PM  England  10  Australia 31 Cup SFs
12/2/16 3:02 PM  Brazil 17  USA  26 11th/12th
12/2/16 3:24 PM  South Africa  5  France  31 7th/8th
12/2/16 3:46 PM  Canada  14  Fiji  17 5th/6th
12/2/16 4:25 PM  Spain  12  Ireland  14 Challenge Trophy Final
12/2/16 4:50 PM  Russia  17  England  14 Bronze Final
12/2/16 5:15 PM  New Zealand  17  Australia  5 Gold Final

Standings | HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series 2016 – 2017 

Series Stops | HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series 2016-2017

Dubai: 1-2 December, 2016
Sydney: 3-4 February
Vegas: 3-5 March
Kitakyushu: 22-23 April
Victoria/Langford: 27-28 May
Clermont-Ferrand: 24-25 June

2 thoughts on “Dubai 7s | HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016-17”

  1. It appears at first blush that mixing the 15’s team with the 7’s team at the OTC has not had any short term success. The 15’s team experienced two losses to France and the 7’s team just finished second last in Dubai. It will be amusing to read the spin that Steinberg places on this performance. Steinberg will make a blanket statements like “they need to play more rugby”, that “they need to be involved in more tackles.” It is evident by the results that both teams suffered in skill and fitness. They have now played more rugby but the results have declined. Is it the players or the system?

    • Thanks for the comment. We’re wondering when is rock bottom and changes will be made in both courts? Will it take us performing so badly that we’re dropped as a core team in the 7s circuit? Will we be satisfied with getting 5th again at the WRWC?

      We hope not but fear that the “we’re trying out new combinations” is the common ruse we’re being fed. Other unions are vetting new players but their performance isn’t suffering.

      You also have to mention funding in all of this…when will we adequately fund our women’s programs?


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