A Closer Look at the Tokyo 2020 Mens Rugby Sevens Pools

The three pool winners at Rio 2016 were the medallists in Fiji, Great Britain and South Africa. There is an Olympic debutant in each pool in Korea, Canada and Ireland.

Pool A – New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Korea

Argentina met Australia and New Zealand in knockout matches in Rio – beating Australia 26-21 in the fifth place semi-final before losing 17-14 to New Zealand to finish sixth.

New Zealand and Australia met in the last match played on the World Rugby Sevens Series, the All Blacks Sevens winning the Canada Sevens Cup final 17-14 in Vancouver in March 2020.

Korea have only met one of their pool opponents in the last four years, losing 45-19 to Argentina at the Los Angeles Sevens in 2020.

Korea failed to score in their last meetings with New Zealand (61-0 in Hong Kong in 2011) and Australia (52-0 in Hong Kong in 2017).

Pool B – Fiji, Great Britain, Canada, Japan

Fiji and Great Britain, the gold and silver medallists from Rio 2016, will meet in Pool B Both teams played Japan at Rio 2016, Fiji winning 20-5 in the semi-final to guarantee a first ever Olympic medal for the country.

Fiji have never lost to Japan in a World Rugby sevens event.
Great Britain beat Japan 21-19 in their pool encounter in Rio, although Japan’s Kazuhiro Goya missed a conversion attempt with the last kick that would have secured a draw.

Canada beat Fiji in their last meeting, 26-21 in the pool stage in Vancouver en route to winning a bronze medal in the last World Rugby Sevens Series event played.

Pool C – South Africa, USA, Kenya, Ireland

Unlike the other two pools, there are no previous Olympic encounters between the teams. 

South Africa recorded their 50th World Series victory against USA when the sides last met in the Canada Sevens quarter-finals in Vancouver in 2020, winning 26-10.

Ireland and South Africa drew 19-19 in their last encounter, in the Los Angeles round of the World Series in 2020.

USA have not met Kenya since the World Series 2019 finale in Paris when they triumphed 26-14 in the Cup quarter-finals.

The two meetings between South Africa and Kenya in 2020 were split. Kenya won 36-14 in Hamilton, New Zealand, before South Africa avenged that with a 31-5 win in Los Angeles.

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