Magleby: World Cup Sevens 'Competitor's Dream'
BOULDER, Colo. – The IRB recently announced the pools for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow this June, which pits the Men’s Eagles Sevens against Canada, Georgia and New Zealand in Pool D.
“It’s a competitor’s dream in many ways,” Head Coach Alexander Magleby said. “We get a chance to play New Zealand, who are the perennial IRB Sevens World Series champions; we get to play our rival Canada of course; and we get to play Georgia, a physical team who we lost to in the 2005 World Cup in Hong Kong.”
Coincidentally, Georgia and the Eagles were also in the same group of the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens. The two have not faced each other since then, but the All Blacks and Canada are familiar foes. New Zealand is also grouped with the Eagles at the upcoming Hong Kong Sevens.
“You can’t ask for a better situation,” Magleby said. “You’re guaranteed to play some of the people you want to play, people you want to measure yourself against. Each group match will be a good way to test ourselves and they’re all tactically a bit different.”
Unlike the rounds in the Sevens World Series, only pool-winners and two second-place teams move on to the quarterfinals, which makes scoring vitally important.
Including the back-to-back tournaments in Hong Kong and Tokyo this month, the Eagles have four remaining rounds of the Sevens World Series before the attention is turned to Moscow in June.
“Our big focus right now is on Hong Kong and Tokyo, then Glasgow and on to London to finish out the Series,” Magleby said. “We’re really excited about Hong Kong and getting back into a competitive environment.”
To see the full Rugby World Cup Sevens pools, please visit the Rugby World Cup Sevens website.
The Men’s Eagles Sevens traveling roster for the Hong Kong Sevens will be released next week.