The Plus500 Brumbies have been drawn with Fiji, Hurricanes and Crusaders in the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens that will take place on 9-10 February 2018 following the draw held in Queensland today.
The group looks to be an extremely tough offering for the ACT side with the two Kiwi powerhouse sides and the Fijian national team, the latter whose skills and expertise at sevens is legendary.
The Brumbies Women’s team will compete at the event for the first time in a four-team competition alongside their peers from the Rebels, Reds and Waratahs.
Group A features surprise package the Panasonic Wild Knights from Japan’s Top League alongside the Melbourne Rebels, Blues and Queensland Reds.
That draw sets up a fitting rematch between the Blues and Reds following their 17-17 draw at the this year’s inaugural tournament.
There will also be a rematch between the Robbie Deans-coached Wild Knights and the Rebels – with the Rebels seeking revenge after being sensationally upset by the thrilling Japanese side 17-12 earlier this year.
Star-studded French heavyweights Section Paloise (Pau) – whose line-up will feature former All Blacks Conrad Smith, Colin Slade, Jamie Mackintosh, Benson Stanley and Frank Halai and former Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen – have been drawn in Pool B alongside the defending-champion Chiefs, the Highlanders and the NSW Waratahs.
The four-team women’s pool was also drawn into slots that will determine the order of their fixtures.
The expanded women’s event will feature a full round robin between the Brumbies Women, Melbourne Rebels Women, Queensland Women and New South Wales Women’s teams.
Panasonic Wild Knights