19 Dec 2007

New Zealand set tough sevens test in Wellington

11:50 am on 19 December 2007

New Zealand's been handed a tough draw in the third round of the International Rugby Board sevens series in Wellington on February 1-2.

The hosts are top seeds, after wins in Dubai and South Africa, and will face last year's winners Samoa, Canada and Papua New Guinea in a physical Pool A.

The second seeds Fiji, the runners-up to New Zealand in Dubai and South Africa, top Pool B with England, the Cook Islands and Wales.

South Africa head Pool C, with France, Australia. and Kenya, who defeated England on their way to the Cup quarter finals in South Africa.

Argentina, just four points behind South Africa, face Scotland, Tonga and the USA in Pool D.