The Ireland men’s rugby Sevens team will face South Africa, the United States and Kenya in the pool stages at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ireland will have their work cut out for them in their first appearance at the Olympics as they’ll come up against two giants of the rugby Sevens world in South Africa and the US, while Kenya certainly aren’t slouches either.
The men in green will need to win at least one of their three Pool C games, as eight teams from the total of 12 will progress to the quarter-finals.
In Pool A, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and South Korea will battle it out for a place in the last eight, while in Pool B, reigning Olympic champions Fiji, Great Britian, Canada and Japan will become acquainted with one another.
Fixture times are yet to be announced, but the men’s tournament will kick off on the 26th of July and will end two days later on the 28th.
Pool A – New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, South Korea.
Pool B – Fiji, Great Britain, Canada, Japan.
Pool C – South Africa, USA, Kenya, Ireland.
Reigning women’s champions Australia will take on the US, China and Japan in their pool at Tokyo next month, where they will look to retain their Olympic title.
As with the men’s tournament, exact fixtures times are yet to be announced, but the women’s tournament will start the day after the men finish on the 29th of July, and will finish two days later on the 31st.
Pool A – New Zealand, Russian O.C, Great Britain, Kenya.
Pool B – Canada, France, Fiji, Brazil.
Pool C – Australia, USA, China, Japan. – Pundit Arena
Coetzee revels in new role
Allister Coetzee has opened up about his return to international rugby coaching after being named Namibia head coach.
After being sacked as Springbok coach in 2018, Coetzee went on to the Canon Eagles in Japan but left the club last year.
In an interview with Netwerk24, Coetzee candidly spoke about his time in charge of South Africa and his current position.
“I had my challenges, but I have no regrets about that time,” he said. “I learned a lot and as long as you learn it’s a good thing.”
He coached the Boks between 2016 and 2018 but won only 11 of 25 Tests in charge, a spell which included a 57-15 and 57-0 losses to the All Blacks and a 20-18 defeat to Italy.
Commenting on his new job, Coetzee said: “This is always what one wants to be doing – to coach at the highest level. And it’s nice to see how well rugby is doing in the emerging nations.”Coetzee’s contract with Namibia runs until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. – Netwerk24