Premiership Rugby today confirmed that the 12 teams in the inaugural World Club 7s will be split into three pools with a series of mouth-watering clashes set to light up Twickenham on 17 and 18 August.
The stellar cast of teams from across the globe will all compete on day one, Saturday, 17 August, before being divided into three Cup competitions on day two, Sunday, 18 August, mirroring elite 7s tournaments around the world.
The pool allocation draw, carried out at Premiership Rugby's headquarters in Twickenham kept the English, American, Russian and South African sides apart on day one.
"I am delighted that we have been able to assemble a who's who of world rugby for the World Club 7s," said Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby. "This will be a truly elite event as the rugby world builds towards the return of rugby into the Olympics in 2016.
"You can already see the potential for some unforgettable clashes at Twickenham and that's before we get into day two when the different cup competitions will unfold."
The full match schedule will be released tomorrow (Wednesday 10 June) at noon, the time of the first game on 17 August.
Winner of J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series
VVA Moscow Region
DHL Western Province
San Francisco *
Vodacom Blue Bulls
* The second American team is now San Francisco
At the conclusion of the Pool matches, the teams in each Pool will be ranked 1 to 4. The top two from each of the three Pools will qualify automatically for the Cup Quarter-Finals and the remaining two Cup Quarter-Final places will be given to the two highest ranked third placed teams from the three pools.
The teams placed 9 to 12 following the Pool matches will play in the Shield.
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