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After the thrills of Las Vegas, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moves on to Vancouver and, with the draw now complete, there will undoubtedly be a number of closely fought pools to enjoy.

USA Sevens winners South Africa will top Pool A but will not have an easy run through to the Cup quarter-finals as a tricky group awaits them on the west coast of Canada.

Former England Sevens player Rob Vickerman commented on the pool draw: “Pool A is a tasty one with South Africa and England but also Kenya as a team that can create some upsets. They often seem to play well against England, in particular, so that will be a match to look out for.”

Related: Kenya Sevens Win Vegas 7s Challenge Trophy


Elsewhere, runners-up in Las Vegas Fiji top a pool with a resurgent Argentina side, Samoa and Wales – no easy games there – while a buoyant USA outfit take on Australia, France and Japan in Pool C - World Rugby


Pool A: South Africa, England, Kenya, 4th team

Pool B: Fiji, Argentina, Samoa, Wales

Pool C: USA, Australia, France, Japan

Pool D: New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Russia

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Kenya Sevens won their second Challenge Trophy of the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens season, beating Samoa 21-14 in the competition's final at the Las Vegas Sevens, USA.

Shujaa, third in their Group, qualified for the Trophy final after edging Chile 21-19 in the quarters and beating France 14-7 in the semis. 

In the final against Samoa who had overcame Scotland 24-0 in their Challenge Trophy semifinal, veteran Collins Injera and captain Andrew Amonde had Kenya leading 14-0 with Sammy Oliech converting both. However, the Pacific Islanders emerged from the break with a sprint and hit back quickly with their own two converted tries from Tila Mealoi.

However, Amonde' second try of the match, converted again by Oliech gave Kenya the victory and a second Challenge Trophy title after winning the same in Wellington.

The victory gave Kenya 8 points but they remain unmoved on the log, sitting 11th with 35 points, five behind France in 10th.

South Africa won title with a 19-12 defeat of Fiji to extend their lead at the top.

Cecil Afrika, Chris Dry and Rosko Specman touched down for the Blitzboks with Masivesi Dakuwaqa and Waisea Nacuqu's tries for Fiji proving mere consolations. Neil Powell's men, on 107 points with Fiji second on 83, have now won four of the five legs and are firm favourites to take the title from holders Fiji.

Hosts USA beat New Zealand 19-15 to finish third while England edged Australia 10-7 to finish fifth.

The next leg moves to Vancouver, Canada this coming weekend with the draw pitting Kenya against two of the top three teams in the standings.

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