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The Wales Sevens squad at the official team welcome (Pic: @sportingwales)

Wales all set for Commonwealth Games opening day

The highly anticipated Commonwealth Games 2022 rugby sevens competition will kick off tomorrow on the opening morning of the Games with teams taking to the pitch at Coventry Stadium.

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A very strong line-up involving the top teams and best men’s and women’s players in the world are ready to showcase the speed, skill and end-to-end drama of rugby sevens to a huge global audience in what promises to be an exhilarating three days of competition, culminating in the medal matches on Sunday 31 July.

New Zealand’s All Blacks Sevens will begin their title defence against Sri Lanka in the men’s competition and the Black Ferns Sevens will open against Canada in the women’s event.

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Wales men will open their campaign against Canada in the penultimate game of the morning session tomorrow before taking on unknown quanitity Zambia in the evening session. Richie Pugh’s last pool game will be the last game on the morning session against Fiji on Saturday.

“This is a big occasion for the boys, we don’t get the opportunity to play in mult-sports events, they are one off tournaments. It’s a huge platform to showcase to show what you are about as a player on the world stage,” said Pugh.

“It’s going to be special as family members will be able to watch the boys play and that is something that doesn’t happen on the world series. It’s a special one-off occasion.”

CLICK HERE to hear Richie Pugh in this week’s WRU podcast talk about all things sevens.

BIRMINGHAM 2022 MATCH SCHEDULE

29 July

First session (from 9am)

Women’s Pool B: Australia v South Africa
Women’s Pool B: Fiji v Scotland
Women’s Pool A: England v Sri Lanka
Women’s Pool A: New Zealand v Canada
Men’s Pool D: Australia v Jamaica
Men’s Pool D: Kenya v Uganda
Men’s Pool A: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Men’s Pool A: England v Samoa
Men’s Pool B: South Africa v Malaysia
Men’s Pool B: Scotland v Tonga
Men’s Pool C: Canada v Wales
Men’s Pool C: Fiji v Zambia

Second session (from 17:30)

Women’s Pool B: Fiji v South Africa
Women’s Pool B: Australia v Scotland
Women’s Pool A: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Women’s Pool A: Canada v England
Men’s Pool D: Kenya v Jamaica
Men’s Pool D: Australia v Uganda
Men’s Pool A: England v Sri Lanka
Men’s Pool A: New Zealand v Samoa
Men’s Pool B: Scotland v Malaysia
Men’s Pool B: South Africa v Tonga
Men’s Pool C: Wales v Zambia
Men’s Pool C: Fiji v Canada

 

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