Sixteen international men’s teams will compete across two match-days this weekend in the second HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series tournament to be hosted in South America.
The tournament takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo, Uruguay, following on from a thrilling weekend of action where Germany defeated Hong Kong in a hard-fought final to win the Chile round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.
Germany will spearhead Pool A, with Papua New Guinea, Mexico and hosts Uruguay providing the opposition.
Beaten finalists Hong Kong will tackle Uganda, Jamaica and Brazil in Pool B, with Japan, Zimbabwe, Italy and Paraguay competing in Pool C.
In Pool D, Chile, Tonga, Portugal and Colombia will be vying to make the quarter-finals.
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Speaking ahead of this weekend’s tournament, Germany captain Carlos Soteras Merz said. “We want to go as far as we can.
“The win in Chile made us very happy, but we have to ensure that we start again and take it step by step, game by game. If we play to our strengths, we will be successful.
“This Series is very good because it allows us to play back-to-back tournaments and it is important for us, as a team, to be able to perform over two weekends at the highest level.”
The new and exciting HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series was developed to boost sevens’ growth across the globe, focusing on the development of the next generation of sevens stars via emerging sevens nations.
The competition also acts as the new promotion and relegation system for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The men’s series features 13 core teams from the six World Rugby regions who compete over two rounds alongside three invitational teams.
The top eight core teams after the two rounds will then compete in the final play-off tournament for a spot in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, replacing the bottom placed core team in the World Series in the following season.
World Rugby is currently examining all options in relation to hosting a third and final round of the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, which was due to be held in Hong Kong in April, taking into consideration the dynamic and ongoing situation regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and an already full Olympic Sevens calendar year. Further updates will be issued at a later stage.