The series finale of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is upon us, with the first instalment of the European double-header taking place in Paris this weekend.


With less than two days until Stade Jean Bouin hosts round nine of the series, the 16 captains joined together to launch the tournament, returning to Paris for the first time since 2006, in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Fiji lead the series by eight points as they look to defend the series title they won in London last year. South Africa are their closest challengers, with Neil Powell's side aiming to win a first series title since 2009.

"It is a great place to be (Paris), and looking ahead to the weekend we just need to make sure we stick to the basics and our processes," said Blitzboks captain Philip Snyman.

"We know Fiji are in front, but we will try our best. We have some short-term and long-term goals but for now we are focused on England, and if we do well who knows maybe we can catch them.

"We have worked on a few things after Singapore, but we want to focus on the positives and if we do that the results will look after themselves. We know Rio is coming but we are only concentrating on Paris right now. If we do well against England hopefully we can take that momentum through the tournament and on to the Olympics."

The HSBC Paris Sevens takes place on 13-15 May at Stade Jean Bouin, with rugby sevens less than 100 days away from making its debut in the Olympics. The last time rugby was in the Games was 1924, 92 years ago in Paris, and many of the players are feeling the excitement of Rio.

"We are very excited to be in Paris," said Argentina captain Gaston Revol. "But we know Rio is coming so these last two tournaments are part of our preparation and we will use these to help us on our jounrey to the Olympics.

"Santiago Cordero and Tute Moroni are back with us, they are very important for us. They were with the team some years ago and we know they are really good players. They are going to help us have a great weekend in Paris, and in London, and hopefully Rio so we are happy to have them with us."

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