Seven teams from Europe’s second tier warm up for the new sevens season this weekend in Bonn
With the new European Sevens season just around the corner the need for second tier women’s teams to gain more match experience in order to be competitive has never been greater.
Three years ago, Bonn launched small invitational tournament for women's 7s teams. This year the tournament has expanded with seven national teams coming together to an intense weekend of matches as part of their preparations for the Rugby Europe championships.
Belgium, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden and the Czech Republic are all sending teams to Bonn, for two-day tournament designed to maximise game time with a round-robin followed by a knockout matches.
After their heroics in Hong Kong, Belgium would seem to be the team to watch. Based on the published fixtures Netherlands only seem to be taking part on the opening day
The tournament takes place in the Wasserland Stadium in Bonn, kicking off at t 10:00 clock on Saturday and Sunday.
The published fixture list is as follows:
Pool: Germany 20-0 Finland; Netherlands 19-14 Sweden; Belgium 29-7 Czechia; Germany 26-19 Netherlands; Austria 5-26 Czechia; Belgium 26-19 Sweden; Germany 17-10 Sweden; Finland 24-5 Austria; Netherlands 32-15 Belgium; Belgium 33-0 Austria; Netherlands 12-26 Czechia; Sweden 34-10 Finland; Germany 34-5 Austria; Finland 7-32 Czechia; Germany 24-7 Czechia; Belgium 10-12 Finland; Sweden 22-7 Austria; Germany 0-10 Belgium; Sweden 5-19 Czechia
Semi-finals: Belgium 19-10 Czechia; Germany 12-19 Sweden
5th place match: Austria 10-7 Finland
3rd place match: Germany 15-10 Czechia
Final: Sweden w/o Belgium