The line-up for the women’s competition in Cape Town is complete

Women’s Sevens World Cup qualifying: Who has reached the tournament?

Women’s 2022 Sevens World Cup qualifying has finished, with all 16 places for September’s tournament in Cape Town confirmed.

After a lengthy process that has touched all corners of the globe and overcome the complications of the pandemic, the line-up was completed by the European nations in mid-July.

Many familiar names are present, but they will be joined by emerging sevens nations indicative of the women’s game’s continued growth.

Who has qualified?

Alongside hosts South Africa, the semi-finalists from the 2018 Sevens World Cup automatically qualified for the 2022 iteration.

As such, France, USA, Australia and defending champions New Zealand received a place.

The remaining seven spots were split between the five other continental confederations.

Europe: England and Ireland carried out professional jobs in the qualifying tournament in July, with both winning all three pool games and their quarter-final in Budapest to book their place in Cape Town.  Poland were equally impressive, as the eastern European nation also returned a perfect record to qualify for their first World Cup. The final spot available was taken by Spain, who needed a last-minute try to beat Belgium 14-12 in their winner-takes-all encounter.

Africa: Madagascar’s dramatic extra-time victory over Uganda in the 2022 Rugby Africa Sevens Championship semi-finals gave them the only African berth. Since South Africa won the tournament, finishing as runner-up was enough for the island nation to secure a debut World Cup appearance.

North America: Canada emerged from the America North Super Sevens tournament last April.

Asia: China and Japan claimed the two remaining spots after making the final of Asia Rugby Sevens Series.

South America: Brazil and World Cup debutants Colombia claimed the two available spots via the Sudamerica Rugby Women’s Sevens.

Oceania: Fiji received the only Oceania berth after last April’s qualifying tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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