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Atlanta pools announced

The pool draw for the second round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Atlanta, USA, has been announced

The competition will take place at Kennesaw State University on February 15 and 16, with Australia holding the advantage having won the opening round in Dubai.

Australia have been drawn in Pool A with hosts USA, Canada and China.

Pool B sees New Zealand, England, Ireland and the Netherlands named and while this might look like the toughest of pools. both Ireland and England will be depleted due to the clash with the 6 Nations.

Pool C features Russia, Spain, Brazil and Japan.

As with all five rounds of the 2013/14 IRB Women's Sevens World Series, the action will be streamed live on wsws.irb.com

IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan said: "We're really excited about the second round of the Women's Sevens World Series in Atlanta."

"The quality and competitiveness of the Series has already stepped up a notch from last season."

"That was highlighted in the round one final in Dubai where Australia came back from the dead to beat New Zealand in what was a thrilling exhibition of Rugby Sevens at its very best."

"I expect we'll see more fantastic matches in Atlanta, in what should be both a great event and a great boost to the Women's Game in the United States."

Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA are core teams on the 2013/14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series after reaching the quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. The eight core teams will compete across all rounds of the Series.

The draw for the third round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 21 and 22 will be made following the completion of Round two matches in Atlanta.