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Blitzboks meets either Germany or Chile in the RWC Sevens opener

World Rugby announced the fixture list for the on Thursday Rugby World Cup 2022 sevens be hosted at Cape Town Stadium.

South Africa’s men’s team, the Blitzboks, will face either Germany or Chile in their opening match, while the Springboks Women’s Sevens team will play France.

Thursday (July 21) marks 50 days until the start of the flagship event, which is scheduled for September 9-11.

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The innovative winner takes all KO format, first introduced at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, means every game counts as teams must win every time to become world champions.

The 24-team men’s competition begins with a qualifying round in which teams numbered 9 through 24 compete. The winners of the qualifying round advance to the round of 16, where they face off against the top eight ranked teams, while the losers advance to the round of 16 bowl competition, which decides places 17-24.

The Blitzboks are top seeds in the men’s tournament after a stunning 36-game winning streak that saw them win six straight rounds during the 2021-22 World Series.

They meet the winner of Germany-Chile on the opening day, but expect tougher competition the next day. Australia is second and two-time Olympic champions Fiji third, while the All Blacks Sevens are the reigning men’s champions and fifth.

There will be some hard-fought matches in the qualifying round as Ireland, who have been in superb form in the World Series this year, take on Portugal, who beat core series team Spain in last weekend’s European qualifiers to secure their place in Cape Town .

Germany and Chile, who both impressed as invitees to the World Series, face off in the qualifying round.

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The 16-team women’s tournament begins on the first day of competition with seeded round of 16 knockout games.

Women’s Olympic champions and reigning RWC Sevens winners New Zealand meet Colombia, top seeded Australia meet debutants Madagascar and hosts South Africa meet Olympic silver medalist France.

World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin commented in a press statement: “The release of the fixture list with 50 days to go is a really exciting moment ahead of the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town. Players, teams and fans can now refine and prepare their plans for what promises to be a truly spectacular three-day showcase of world-class rugby sevens.

“With its iconic location and passionate, international fan base, the first Rugby World Cup in South Africa since that special event in 1995 promises to be another must-see, a storied celebration of rugby’s power to attract people from all countries and backgrounds unite and inspire.

“Rugby Sevens is an incredibly fast, skillful, dynamic and dramatic sport that is growing in popularity around the world after hosting a second competition at the Tokyo Olympics to great effect last year.”

Blitzboks meets either Germany or Chile in the RWC Sevens opener

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