Tough pool for NZ sevens women in Atlanta

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Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014

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New Zealand have been drawn in the pool of death for the Atlanta leg of the Women's Sevens World Series next weekend.

The Kiwi women will face England, Ireland and the Netherlands in pool B.

Australia lead the series with 20 points after the opening round in Dubai in November, when they beat New Zealand 35-27 in the Cup final. They play in pool A, alongside Canada, United States and China. Russia, Spain, Brazil and Japan play in pool C.

Sean Horan's New Zealand team faces a tough task getting through pool play, in particular against last year's world series runners-up and USA Sevens champions England.

England beat the United States 29-12 in last year's USA final, while New Zealand lost in the third-fourth playoff, 17-12 to Australia. New Zealand had earlier lost to England 19-12 in the semifinals.

The Netherlands will also pose the risk of an upset in pool B, having finished seventh in the world series last year, while Ireland were 11th in 2013.

New Zealand are in camp this week and will play an exhibition match at the Wellington Sevens this weekend.

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