The 2016/17 IRB World 7’s Series gets underway in Dubai on Friday the 2nd of December.
Fiji were the series champions last season doing enough to beat South Africa by 10 points with New Zealand back in 3rd. It was an exciting season and while New Zealand and Fiji each won 3 times the other 4 events were all won by different teams and the last 3 tournaments were all upsets with Kenya, Samoa and Scotland winning. Fiji also went on to win gold in the Rio Olympics and they are narrow favourites with the bookmakers to defend their title.
Overall Series Winner Betting – click here to bet
South Africa 2/1
New Zealand 3/1
12/1 and better the balance
Fiji got last season campaign off to an excellent start when they beat England 28-17 in the final in Dubai with South Africa getting 3rd spot and the Dubai betting very much mirrors the series betting.
Dubai 7’s Betting – click here to bet
South Africa 22/10
New Zealand 28/10
66/1 and better the balance
Let’s take a look at the pools for the Dubai 7’s.
Fiji, Argentina, Wales, Canada
Fiji and Argentina should progress from this pool but both Wales and Canada are capable of causing upsets and going deep at their best.
South Africa, USA, Scotland, Uganda
The Blitzbokke are favourites for this group ahead of the USA but as Scotland showed last season when winning the London 7’s they are very capable of ruining the party for the more fancied teams.
New Zealand, England, Samoa, Russia
This looks a tough group and all eyes will be on New Zealand to see if they are on track to recover from a disappointing season which saw them finish 3rd in the series and miss out on the Rio medals. England and Samoa (with assistance from former New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens) will be the other contenders.
Australia, Kenya, France, Japan
Perhaps the softest of the pools but it should be competitive between Australia, Kenya and France.
Suggested Bet: Samoa to win at 33/1
Samoa finished the 2015/16 season well after a poor start with a victory in Paris. They are in a very tough pool but I am expecting them to be more consistent with the influence of Tietjens and I am going to take a view that they progress in which case this 33/1 play will look very decent.
Betting on Round 1 Matches is available here
South Africa should have no problems seeing off Uganda and are priced as 36 point favourites and some interesting early clashes include England v Samoa where I reckon Samoa might cause an upset at 22/10.
Betting is available on all matches and in-running options will also be on offer