Five teams are in the running for four Rugby World Cup Sevens spots when the last round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series kicks off in France this weekend.
Stade Gabriel Montpied In Clermont-Ferrand hosts the sixth round of this year’s series at the weekend, 24-25 June, with New Zealand in pole position in the standings.
A clean sweep in Clermont will guarantee a fourth women’s sevens series title for New Zealand, with Canada and Australia tied on 82 points, 14 behind the leaders.
Meanwhile, the tournament on Saturday and Sunday will see four teams qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
New Zealand qualify as champions; they claimed the coveted trophy in Moscow in 2013, while Canada, Spain and USA all go through as a result of reaching the semi-finals at the same tournament.
The top four teams from the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016-17 – excluding pre-qualified teams – will progress to RWC Sevens 2018. This means Australia, Russia and Fiji all look in control of their own destiny, while one team from France, England and Ireland can still mathematically progress this weekend.
The remaining eight qualifiers for the event in July 2018 will progress through regional qualification.
All the action from the #Clermont7s will stream live on World Rugby Facebook on day one when USA and Ireland get the action underway. For the rest of the action click here to find out where you can watch.