Fiji and All Blacks seek another sevens title
Punta del Este
January 7, 2000

New Zealand and Fiji start as favourites for the Gold Cup sevens tournament, which begins on Friday night and is the third and latest edition of the 1999-2000 World Sevens Circuit.

Both the All Blacks and Fiji are level on 36 points on the tour so far after the opening events in Dubai and Stellenbosch, South Africa, and will be hoping to feature in Sunday's final.

Future events are to be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Wellington, New Zealand, Brisbane, Australia, and in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris, with the tounament ending in May.

Other less established countries in the rugby world - such as Uruguay and Peru - will also be competing here.

New Zealand will include big names like Eric Rush and 1999 Punta del Este victors Craig De Goldi, Jared Going, Damian Karauna, Tony Monaghan, Amasio Raoma, Justin Wilson and Karl Te Nana.

Seven's king Waisale Servei has been named in the Fijian squad, but it is not yet confirmed that he will play.

Argentina will be counting on the support of a large crowd with fans coming from just across the River Plate. There are also many Argentines here, anyway, at this famous holiday resort.

But many top Pumas stars are being rested for the sevens tournament to be staged at Mar del Plata next week.

The 16 teams are separated into four pools of four teams with the first two in each group progressing to the later rounds.

Pool A: New Zealand, Uruguay, Spain, Peru
Pool B: Fiji, France, Canada, Paraguay
Pool C: Australia, South Africa, Chile, Germany
Pool D: Argentina, Samoa, United States, Brazil

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