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  • Adelaide Sevens set for Friday night kick-off


    The match schedule has been announced for the three-day Adelaide Sevens on 3-5 April 2009 with two of the recent World Cup quarter finals set to be replayed across the pool matches, which begin for the first time on the Friday evening.

    Newly-crowned Rugby World Cup Sevens champions Wales face New Zealand in Pool D on the Friday night. The Welsh beat Gordon Tietjens' side 15-14 in their World Cup quarter final and also overcame the Kiwis in Wellington in February, so there is much riding on the outcome of that match.

    England's clash against Samoa also provides a chance for revenge following the islanders' thrilling 31-26 sudden-death extra time win in the Melrose Cup quarter finals in Dubai.

    Hosts Australia line up in the same pool and will play great sporting rivals England in the last of eight matches on the opening night.

    As well as facing Ben Ryan's England team and Samoa in Pool A, the hosts face Portugal, who also lie ahead of them in the standings at the midway stage of the Series.

    In Pool C, as well as facing each other in what should be an absorbing rematch, New Zealand and Wales play USA and Tonga, both of whom will be out to bounce back from disappointing World Cup campaigns.

    Argentina, runners-up to Wales in Dubai, head up Pool B and face France on day one followed by Fiji and Scotland on day two.

    Reigning Adelaide champions South Africa top pool Pool D and start their title defence on the Friday against the Cook Islands, with further matches against RWC Sevens semi finalists Kenya and Asia's number one side Japan.

    Once again, the Adelaide event is the sixth leg of the IRB Sevens World Series, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.

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