February 22, 2014 (ISN) – Australia won the third round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, as Brazil embraced Sevens Rugby just two years out from the Olympic Games in Rio.
In front of festive crowds, in both blissful sunshine and in heavy downpours, Rugby came to Brazil and made it’s mark.
Friday and Saturday saw crowds flock to Arena Barueri in Sao Paulo to watch the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series come to Brazil for the first time.
New Zealand and Australia played out a classic in the rain on Saturday night, with Australia beating their Tasman rivals in the Cup final for the second time this season.
Australian Emilee Cherry was named tournament most valuable player (MVP) after a strong performance for her side throughout the third round of the Series.
The plate final was won by Spain who beat Russia, while the bowl final went to USA after they defeated home side Brazil, who had earlier got the crowd on their feet with a famous victory over Ireland.
Speaking after the final in Sao Paulo, IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan said: “The standard of competition this weekend was outstanding.”
“We are really happy with how the tournament went, and it was especially important to bring a top class event like this to Brazil, just two years out from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Competition like this prepares the world’s top women for what it will be like in Rio, and they will benefit enormously from it.”
Teams will now take some time out after the first Women’s Sevens World Series back-to-back events in Atlanta and Sao Paulo, before preparing for the next round in Guangzhou in early April.
Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA are core teams on the 2013/14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series after reaching the quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. The eight core teams compete across all rounds of the Series.
IRB Women’s Sevens World Series 2013/14: Dates and Venues:
- First leg: Dubai, United Arab Emirates – November 28-29, 2013
- Second leg: Atlanta, Georgia, USA – February 15-16, 2014
- Third leg: Arena Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil – February 21-22, 2014
- Fourth leg: Guangzhou University Town Stadium, Guangzhou, China – April 4-6 2014
- Fifth leg: National Rugby Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 16-17, 2014