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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Huge hit by New Zealand Women's Sevens star Linda Itunu

The pool allocation draw for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens took place in Moscow earlier today, as teams from 28 countries discovered who they will face in June. There will be not only 24 mens teams, but 16 women's teams taking part too.

Women's rugby has made great strides in recent times as the inaugural Women's World Series Sevens kicked off in Dubai late last year, followed by a succesful leg in the USA earlier this month.

The must see hit featured here took place in Houston as the New Zealand Women's team took on Canada in the Cup Quarter Final on day two.

Linda Itunu - who famously gave Prince Charles a sweaty hug when meeting him at a national sports centre in Auckland in November last year - made a crunching hit on Canada's Mandy Marchak, resulting in a turnover that led to a breakaway try.

The Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia will be a great showcase for Women's rugby, and with spectacular hits like this taking place, all rugby fans are sure to take notice. 

"I am confident that Russia 2013 will be a resounding success," said Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset. "It will be an event that will bring people together from across this great sporting country and around the world to have fun, enjoy world-class Rugby, and experience the very best of Russian hospitality."

Mens Pools:
Pool A: Australia, France, Spain, Tunisia
Pool B: South Africa, Scotland, Russia, Japan
Pool C: Samoa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Philippines
Pool D: New Zealand, USA, Canada, Georgia
Pool E: Fiji, Wales, Tonga, Uruguay
Pool F: England, Argentina, Portugal, Hong Kong

The men's event is split into six pools of four teams with the top team from each pool, together with the two best runners-up progressing to Cup quarter-finals. The defending champions are Wales.

Women's Pools:
Pool A: Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands, Tunisia
Pool B: Australia, South Africa, China, Ireland
Pool C: USA, Spain, Brazil, Fiji
Pool D: England, Russia, France, Japan

The women's event is split into four pools of four teams with the top two teams from each pool progressing to Cup quarter-finals. The defending champions are Australia.

Posted at 7:02 pm | 10 comments

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play, Sevens

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Travis March 01, 2013 12:49 am

Love Mandy Marchak. Kudos to Itunu for putting that lick on Marchak, one of the best players in the world.

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RugbyRhys March 01, 2013 1:10 am

Boom! would like to see that in TS&RB.

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Stubby March 01, 2013 2:38 am

Canadian girls are tough!

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Will.F March 01, 2013 2:47 am

Ouch. I'm impressed she popped up so quickly after the hit, though! Well done, ladies.

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Tim March 01, 2013 7:42 am

Nice hit, but I didn't see anybody put a boot to the ball to restart play off the penalty that led to that try. Maybe I missed it.

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Mark March 01, 2013 8:52 am

If you look closely, the tackler taps it with her left toe just enough before passing it out to the back line. Easy to miss, but it's definately there.

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browner March 01, 2013 1:07 pm

Yep you missed it !

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JG March 02, 2013 12:03 am

That's why the maori boys are so tough, imagine your mum doing that to you every time you played up.

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DrPain March 02, 2013 12:15 pm

Is it wrong to be turned on by that?

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guest May 13, 2013 5:05 pm

great hit but terrible call by the ref. no way it should of been a penalty for "holding on". not even close. i dont think the defender even got her hands on the ball

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