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Australia draw Champions Fiji, Scotland and Tonga in HSBC Sevens World Series

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The Australian Qantas Men's Sevens team has been drawn for a showdown with 2011 champions Fiji on day one of the Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch tournament at Skilled Park next month. Australia will also take on Scotland and Tonga as part of Pool B action at this year's opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series on the Gold Coast.

After a fourth placing at last year's inaugural event, the Australian squad is determined to improve when the second instalment of the Gold Coast Sevens is staged on Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14.

The pool draw, conducted by the IRB in London, sees a number of tantalising clashes on day one of Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch.

In the opening games of day one, England and Kenya will go head-to-head, Argentina and France will do battle, while the Qantas Men's Sevens will meet Oceania rivals Tonga for their first game.

The final round of matches on day one promises to give fans a taste of finals like action with all the matches likely to determine who tops their respective pools.

England will take on Samoa, Argentina meet Wales and New Zealand face off against South Africa ahead of the final game of day one, which sees hosts Australia pitted against 2011 Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch Champions, Fiji.

Qantas Men's Sevens coach, Michael O'Connor, said the draw delivered an exciting day one for fans and a tough day one for teams.

"Over the past few years every team has improved and there won't be any easy games, all the Pools look tough," O'Connor said.

"The one positive from our point of view is that should we qualify for the quarter-finals we won't have to play New Zealand, South Africa or Fiji until at least the semi-finals on day two."

Following their recent success at the Oceania Sevens Championships in Sydney and a number of training camps at the AIS in Canberra, the Qantas Men's Sevens head in to Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch with a solid preparation under their belt.

Qantas Men's Sevens captain, Ed Jenkins, said the side was looking forward to getting back to the Gold Coast and the challenge of facing last year's champions on day one.

"There is a great feeling in the group at the moment, we've had some good training camps and the win at the Oceania Sevens has certainly given us a lot of belief," Jenkins says.

"The group is really looking forward to getting back to the Gold Coast and playing in front of our home fans. Last year the crowd and the support was good, hopefully this year there'll be more people there enjoying some fantastic games.

"The draw has certainly thrown up some exciting match ups and some great challenges.

"All of the games on day one could go either way and when they're done the finals on day two will be even tougher."

The Pools:





New Zealand




South Africa