• Live updates of the pool draw for RWC Sevens men's and women's tournament
  • From Petroff Palace in Moscow, host of RWC Sevens 2013
  • Did your team get a good draw? Get involved! #RWC7s

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Thanks for joining us for live coverage of the RWC Sevens draw today. We hope you can join us in Moscow for what promises to be a memorable tournament.

Before then, there is plenty of sevens to enjoy, starting with the HSBC Sevens World Series event in Hong Kong on 22 March (go to irbsevens.com) and the IRB Women's Sevens World Series China event the weekend after (go to wsws.irb.com)


Russia women's sevens captain Anastasiya Mukharyamova on being in the same pool as England: "There will be no weak teams. England are the founders of this game so we will just need to fight and believe in ourselves."


Russia men's sevens player Alexandr Yanyushkin on opponents in his pool: "We have a strong team. All pools here are pretty strong. We will prepare to show our best level agains Japan and Scotland. We have had good and not-so-good matches against South Africa. In the remaining months we will be working to optimise our preparation to do our best."


Bernard Lapasset: "I am sure that the best players will come to Moscow for this Rugby World Cup Sevens, especially considering the Olympics in 2016."


Some reaction after the draw...

Russia women's sevens coach Pavel Baranowsky on whether his team can win the trophy: "We are ready to become World champions. There is no point in just turning up to. We want to play our part in the World Cup and hopefully to bring the trophy to Moscow." 

Vladimir Ilyushin - former test pilot, President of the Federation of Rugby of the Soviet Union from 1967 to 1991, has just become the first-ever Russian to enter the IRB Hall of Fame.



Take a look on the right hand side of this blog to see how the pools have panned out.


..and that concludes the men's draw. Let us know what you think of your team's chances #RWC7s


..and, to complete the pool allocation draw, here are the six top seeds in the men’s tournament
Pool A: Australia , Pool B: South Africa , Pool C: Samoa , Pool D: New Zealand , Pool E: Fiji , Pool F: England


Closely followed by the second seeds
Pool A: France , Pool B: Scotland , Pool C: Kenya , Pool D: USA , Pool E: Wales , Pool F: Argentina


And next the teams from the third band of seeds
Pool A: Spain , Pool B: Russia , Pool C Zimbabwe , Pool D Canada , Pool E Tonga , Pool F Portugal


First up in the men’s tournament we have the six teams in the fourth seeded band
Pool A: Tunisia , Pool B: Japan , Pool C Philippines , Pool D Georgia , Pool E Uruguay , Pool F Hong Kong


Here we go with the men's draw...


The men's teams will be drawn by..

Maxim SURAEV, Hero of the Russian Federation, pilot-cosmonaut;

Alina Kabaeva, Olympic Champion;

Vitali Mutko, Ministry of sports of RF;

Bernard LAPASSET, IRB Chairman


So that's the women's draw complete! Pool A with Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands and Tunisia looks like the pool of death. Let us know what you think #RWC7s


..and finally we know which pools the top seeds will be in for the women’s tournament
Pool A: Canada , Pool B: Australia , Pool C USA , Pool D England


Here are the teams for the second band…
Pool A: New Zealand , Pool B: South Africa , Pool C Spain , Pool D Russia


Next up we have the teams from the third band..
Pool A: Netherlands , Pool B: China , Pool C Brazil , Pool D France


So first up are the teams in the fourth band of the women’s tournament
Pool A: Tunisia , Pool B: Ireland , Pool C Fiji , Pool D Japan


The women's tournament comprises four pools, with four teams in each pool. there are four bands of teams.


OK the following will be pulling out the teams for the women's tournament...

Sergey VOLKOV, Hero of the Russian Federation, Commander of team of cosmonauts;

Alexey NEMOV, Olympic Champion;

Alexey VOROBYEV, Chief of Moscow city department of physical culture and sport;

Bernard LAPASSET, IRBChairman;

Watch Oleg Novitsky's video message
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Oleg Novitsky, currently on the International Space Station, is sending a video message of support for RWC Sevens. He has a rugby ball up there with him!


..but first the Russia Deputy Sports Minister Vitali Mutko will say a few words


Before that, there is a surprise in store....


A few more minutes yet to the start of the draw itself. The women's draw will take place first, then the men's draw.


There are so many media in the room, it's packed out!


RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset is now speaking about the excitement ahead of the tournament in June.


The official mascot for the tournament, Mishka, has just made its entrance!


The MC for the event is Alex Popov, Formula 1 commentator in Russia and a big fan of rugby.


We are off! Distinguished guests arriving into the room for the draw.


The room for the draw is now packed with guests, media and broadcasters. 2 minutes to the start of the draw.


Nine minutes away from the start of the RWC Sevens draw now. The dignitaries are starting to arrive.

The orchestra plays their stuff and manage to get a bit of RWC Sevens promotion in too



Final preparations are being made as a string orchestra performs just outside the room in which the draw will take place.


Welcome to the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 draw from the Petroff Palace in Moscow. We are 22 minutes away from the draw.

The Women's RWC Sevens trophy and the Melrose Cup on display before the draw



90 minutes to go until the RWC Sevens 2013 draw!

USA Sevens - Seven of the best
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Uruguay finished second behind Argentina the CONSUR Sevens in Rio de Janeiro to secure the 24th and final place at the RWC Sevens.


USA Sevens: Road to Rio
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Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games will take place in Nanjing, China, in 2014 where Rugby Sevens will make its debut.

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Women Pools

  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands
  • Tunisia
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • China
  • Ireland
  • USA
  • Spain
  • Brazil
  • Fiji
  • England
  • Russia
  • France
  • Japan

Men Pools

  • Australia
  • France
  • Spain
  • Tunisia
  • South Africa
  • Scotland
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • Samoa
  • Kenya
  • Zimbabwe
  • Philippines
  • New Zealand
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Fiji
  • Wales
  • Tonga
  • Uruguay
  • England
  • Argentina
  • Portugal
  • Hong Kong
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