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    Road to Rio Olympics 2016

    (Mods - apologies if there is another Olympic sevens thread I can't find one bar the Irish one which should be kept for Irish news only)

    We now know the make up of 8 of the men's and women's teams to qualify for the Olympic Sevens in Rio.

    There will be 12 teams in total from each gender.

    (1) Brazil qualify automatically as Games hosts

    (4) The Top 4 from this seasons World Series qualified

    (6) Each of the 6 regions are to host qualifiers with one automatic qualifier per region

    (1) One final repechage tournament will be held to determine the final spot.

    Men's

    Hosts - Brazil

    Top 4 teams - Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand, Great Britain (represented by England in the series as top ranked GB team from prior series)

    South America - Argentina qualified from the regional tournament held in Santa Fe

    North America - USA qualified from the regional tournament held in Cary, North Carolina

    Europe - France qualified from the various European tournaments

    Asia - Japan qualified from the regional tournament held in Hong Kong

    Oceania - Australia qualified from the regional tournament held in Auckland, New Zealand

    Africa - Kenya qualified from the regional tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa

    Repechage - Monaco on 19 June 2016 (Teams consist of Russia, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Tunisia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Samoa, Tonga, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay)

    Women's

    Hosts - Brazil

    Top 4 teams - New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Great Britain (represented by England in the series as top ranked GB team from prior series)

    South America - Colombia qualified from the regional tournament held in Santa Fe

    North America - USA qualified from the regional tournament held in Cary, North Carolina

    Europe - France qualified from the various European tournaments

    Asia - Japan qualified from the 2 regional tournaments

    Oceania - Fiji qualified from the regional tournament held in Auckland, New Zealand

    Africa - Kenya qualified (South Africa withdrawn as SASNOC decided that winning a regional tournament is not sufficient for SA) from the regional tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa

    Repechage - Dublin on 26 June 2016 (Teams consist of Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Madagascar (took the place of Kenya), Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, China, Hong Kong, Samoa, Cook Islands, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Argentina, Venezuela)
    Last edited by garryowen2323; 21st-December-2015, 20:44.

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    GB announce the details of their Olympic Programme

    http://planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,3551_52200,00.html

    - Great Britain Rugby Sevens Limited has been officially ratified by the British Olympic Association (BOA) and World Rugby and is a union between the Rugby Football Union, the Welsh Rugby Union and the Scottish Rugby Union.

    - The GB Rugby Sevens performance structure will see Joe Lydon, the RFU’s Head of International Player Development, lead on the jointly run programmes as performance manager.

    - In order to be eligible for selection, athletes must hold a British passport and should have previous sevens experience at international level having played in any one or more of the following tournaments in the 14-month period prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games:*World Rugby International World Sevens Series
    *Rugby Europe International Sevens tournaments
    *Invitational preparation tournament
    *Eligible players will be required to express their interest in being selected through their respective home union’s performance programmes.

    - A recruitment process is currently underway for the coaching roles (head coach and assistant coaches) for each of the men and women’s sides with the candidates largely expected to come from nominations from the home unions. Each of the unions will be represented on the selection panel as well as an independent from the BOA.

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      #3
      Repechage: (definitely qualified in Bold) Russia, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, Nigeria, Zambia, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Australia, Samoa, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay

      So ROUGHLY this is what we will likely be facing? Only the top team qualifies, huge ask.

      They will learn no doubt, and hopefully get promoted again from Div A next year to start playing at a reasonable level.

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        #4
        Unless something drastic happens on November it will only be one of Australia or Samoa in the final repechage who will be overwhelming favs along with Canada. The women's one will be a lot closer fought battle.

        I haven't caught up with the games yet but can only assume Portugal had a very weakened team on show? For a competitive world series team to come in 8th is a massive turn up.

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          #5
          Originally posted by garryowen2323 View Post
          I haven't caught up with the games yet but can only assume Portugal had a very weakened team on show? For a competitive world series team to come in 8th is a massive turn up.
          Portugal were very good on day 1. They won all 3 of their games by a cricket score and went into day 2 as second seeds, just behind Germany.
          They were unlucky to end up with Russia in the quarter finals and when they were beaten there and put out of contention they lost interest altogether.
          \"In a world gone mad, only a lunatic is truly insane\"

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            #6
            Originally posted by Pony View Post
            Repechage: (definitely qualified in Bold) Russia, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, Nigeria, Zambia, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Australia, Samoa, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay

            So ROUGHLY this is what we will likely be facing? Only the top team qualifies, huge ask.

            They will learn no doubt, and hopefully get promoted again from Div A next year to start playing at a reasonable level.
            My guess

            Canada
            Mexico
            Uruguay
            Chile
            Namibia
            Madagascar
            Zimbabwe
            Hong Kong
            China
            Singapore
            Samoa
            Tonga
            Spain
            Russia
            Germany
            Ireland

            We'd expect to finish top half. Anything much above that would be pretty remarkable
            \"In a world gone mad, only a lunatic is truly insane\"

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              #7
              Final 2 men's qualifying tournaments on this weekend in New Zealand and South Africa.

              Come Sunday we will know the full line-up for the men's and most of the women's (bar the Asian representatives) repechage tournaments in which Ireland have also qualified for.

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                #8
                For mens competition these countries have qualified for Rio:
                Brazil, Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand, Great Britain, Argentina, United States, France, Japan. There is 3 spots remaining

                We take on Hong Kong, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Chile, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Germany and 5 teams from this weekends two remaining continental championships

                In the womens competition Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Columbia, US, France, South Africa and Japan have qualified already. The oceanic championships are next weekend

                We take on in the repechage: Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Kenya, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Kazakstan, Hong Kong, China and 2 sides from oceanic championships

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                  #9
                  Final repechage tournament (where the Irish men's and women's will compete) will take place in Monaco in June 2016.

                  All qualifiers have now been determined except for the Asian women's which will be decided on 28th November in Tokyo (please see my initial post which has been updated)

                  Samoa and Canada would have to start big favourites in the men's repechage.

                  Russia would be my favourites for the women's repechage followed by Spain and Ireland who will have experience from the 7s world series behind them
                  Last edited by garryowen2323; 17th-November-2015, 03:08.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by garryowen2323 View Post
                    Final repechage tournament (where the Irish men's and women's will compete) will take place in Monaco in June 2016.

                    All qualifiers have now been determined except for the Asian women's which will be decided on 28th November in Tokyo (please see my initial post which has been updated)

                    Samoa and Canada would have to start big favourites in the men's repechage.

                    Russia would be my favourites for the women's repechage followed by Spain and Ireland who will have experience from the 7s world series behind them
                    Are Ireland any chance to qualify in the mens?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Kevin77 View Post
                      Are Ireland any chance to qualify in the mens?
                      In a word, no.

                      To even make the repechage was hugely exceeding expectations. For Ireland it's all about building experience to hopefully make it onto the World Series circuit in the next few years and then build for Tokyo 2020.

                      Samoa and Canada will be streets ahead of the others having years of experience on the World Series. Anything but a final between them two would be a complete shock. Anything can happen in one off matches and one may slip up but not both.

                      Ireland weren't a million miles off Russia in the qualifiers but Russia are on the circuit now and playing the top teams will stand to them. Spain had a few years on the circuit before prior to relegation a couple of years ago. I'd rate them two as next best.

                      The other nations would be similar standard to Ireland and shouldn't hold us any fears.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by garryowen2323 View Post
                        Final repechage tournament (where the Irish men's and women's will compete) will take place in Monaco in June 2016.

                        All qualifiers have now been determined except for the Asian women's which will be decided on 28th November in Tokyo (please see my initial post which has been updated)

                        Samoa and Canada would have to start big favourites in the men's repechage.

                        Russia would be my favourites for the women's repechage followed by Spain and Ireland who will have experience from the 7s world series behind them
                        Japan as good as qualified from the Asian womens tournament rounds of which have taken place already

                        Originally posted by Kevin77 View Post
                        Are Ireland any chance to qualify in the mens?
                        No. Sides with world series experience will get ahead of us. We wont finish in top 4 IMO.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by garryowen2323 View Post
                          GB announce the details of their Olympic Programme

                          http://planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,3551_52200,00.html

                          - Great Britain Rugby Sevens Limited has been officially ratified by the British Olympic Association (BOA) and World Rugby and is a union between the Rugby Football Union, the Welsh Rugby Union and the Scottish Rugby Union.

                          - The GB Rugby Sevens performance structure will see Joe Lydon, the RFU’s Head of International Player Development, lead on the jointly run programmes as performance manager.

                          - In order to be eligible for selection, athletes must hold a British passport and should have previous sevens experience at international level having played in any one or more of the following tournaments in the 14-month period prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games:*World Rugby International World Sevens Series
                          *Rugby Europe International Sevens tournaments
                          *Invitational preparation tournament
                          *Eligible players will be required to express their interest in being selected through their respective home union’s performance programmes.

                          - A recruitment process is currently underway for the coaching roles (head coach and assistant coaches) for each of the men and women’s sides with the candidates largely expected to come from nominations from the home unions. Each of the unions will be represented on the selection panel as well as an independent from the BOA.
                          There isn't a candidate, but it would have been interesting if there was a top class sevens player from the North. With no chance of representing the IRFU, they would have (like the hockey players) been in an interesting spot.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Rabb1tts Jump View Post
                            There isn't a candidate, but it would have been interesting if there was a top class sevens player from the North. With no chance of representing the IRFU, they would have (like the hockey players) been in an interesting spot.
                            Once Ireland declared they were playing 7s it was decided any NI players had to play with Ireland.

                            @Garryowen2323 where did you see that the repechage event is to be played in Monaco? Is it confirmed for Monaco

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by ormond lad View Post
                              Japan as good as qualified from the Asian womens tournament rounds of which have taken place already
                              The are favourites but it's by no means a done deal. It's a 2 legged competition. They beat Kazakhstan in the final of the first leg having finished level with them on points in the pool stage (6 team pool stage, every plays each other once, 1v2 in the final, 3v4 in third place match, 5v6 in the fifth place match).

                              The same format will happen in the second leg (in Japan). Japan should win it but you never know. China beat them in the pool stages after all and they only beat Kazakhstan by a conversion in the pool. Granted they beat them comfortably in the final.

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