Photo : Kenya vs Argentina Madrid 7s. Source Ferugby.
March 26- April 16 will be a busy 14-team rugby sevens festival at the Sevens stadium in Dubai courtesy of a back to back men and women’s tournament where Shujaa will meet Madrid Cup rivals Argentina and Spain as the Lionesses on their end are line up to meet Madrid rivals USA and France.
The ten days of rugby will host two tournaments dubbed the Emirates invitational sevens where rivalry between Shujaa and Pumas will take its peak whereas Lionesses will also be out to avenge Madrid cup losses to USA and Spain.
The 7-team competition in each category will have Shujaa play four big guns-cum regulars in the HSBC and two non-core invitational sides. The four regular sides are France, Spain, Canada and joining the series as a core team this season, Japan whereas Uganda and Chile join to make it a 7-team event.
In the women’s category, The Lionesses will also be up against quality sides including France, USA, Canada, Japan, Spain and Brazil.
Shujaa featured in both Madrid 7s cup finals where the team lost to the Pumas whereas Lionesses shocked many after climbing up from bottom in first tournament to feature in the second tournament's cup finals where both Kenyan sides finished second in both categories.
Japan, Canada, Kenya, Uganda, Spain, France, Argentina, Chile
USA, Canada, Kenya, France, Brazil, Japan, Spain