Rugby: Japan win HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series qualifier
- Updated: August 24, 2015
August 24, 2015: Japan beat Ireland in a nail-biting final at the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series qualifier in Dublin on Sunday. Japan won 13-12 with a last-minute penalty, although both teams were already assured of playing on next season’s circuit after progressing to the final.
Earlier in the day Brazil won the Plate final after beating Hong Kong, while Kenya beat Columbia to win the Bowl final in wet conditions in the Irish capital.
Japan and Ireland will join defending champions New Zealand, Canada, Australia, England, USA, France, Russia, Fiji and Spain on the 2015-16 series. Ireland were a core team on the series in 2013-14, but for Japan it is the first time they will play in every round.
Bernard Lapasset, Chairman of World Rugby, said: “Congratulations to Japan and Ireland for ensuring their spots on next season’s HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. With the Olympic Games less than one year away, it was great to see the passion and intensity as all sides battled to be on the series.
“Women’s rugby is one of the fastest-growing team sports in the world and the competition among teams is increasing all the time. In the run up to Rio 2016, participation on next season’s series is very important.”
Source: World Rugby (www.worldrugby.org); Editing by SportAsia