Pumas 7s made their Canadian Sevens debut with a win over Japan

The bronze medal winning Argentina rugby team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, He made his debut by defeating Japan in the tournament held in Vancouver, Canada. In the competition that corresponds to the seventh date of the Specialty Circuit organized by World Rugby, the qualifying stage will take place on Friday and continue on Saturday, while the final stage will take place one day later.

The Argentine national team defeated the Asian team 31-12, and at midnight (00:00) it will face the French national team, to end its participation in Group D against South Africa, on Saturday at 20:24.

The groups were formed as follows:

Group A: New Zealand, Samoa, Spain and the United States.

Group B: Argentina, South Africa, France and Japan.

Group C: Fiji, Great Britain, Uruguay, Kenya

Group D: Australia, Ireland, Canada and Chile.

The Pumas 7s became champions of the previous edition of the tournament in Vancouver, defeating Fiji 29-10 in the final on April 16, 2022.

In the team led by coach Santiago Gomez Cora, Santiago Vera Field (hit in the head) and Aligo Lavaine (right patellar tendinitis) were sidelined due to injuries, and were replaced by Tomas Elizalde from Salta and Franco Rossito from Paraná.

Pumas 7s have played 16 finals in the history of the tournament, which has been held since 1999, and won only four gold medals, while losing the remaining 12.

The four titles were as follows: Hamilton (2023), Vancouver (2022), San Diego (2009) and Los Angeles (2004).

The Pumas 7s took home the silver medal at the Los Angeles tournament after losing the previous Sunday in the final to New Zealand, 22-12.

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In this way, Los Pumas 7s share second place in the Sevens World Championship alongside South Africa with 86 points, while New Zealand leads with 107 units.

Amber Cross

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