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Semi-finalists confirmed at HSBC Spain Sevens in Málaga

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  • Poland’s women become first invitational team to reach quarter-finals since 2018, while Belgium women and Germany men also claim impressive victories
  • Finals day kicks off at 10:00 local time (GMT+1) with the women’s and men’s titles decided at 18:26 and 18:56 respectively. Find out where to watch here

In the women’s tournament, favourites Australia reached the semi-finals with a record-setting 15th consecutive victory to set up a clash with Russia, while France and USA face off in the other semi after enjoying perfect records so far in Málaga.

The Russians had to get past surprise package Poland, who became the first invitational team since China in April 2018 to reach the quarter-final stages, thanks to a shock pool victory over Canada.

Earlier in the day fellow invitational teams Belgium women and Germany men also secured impressive victories against core Series teams Brazil and Japan respectively, demonstrating the strength in depth that is growing among emerging nations in rugby sevens, following an outstanding Olympic competition for the sport in Tokyo last year.



Sunday will see the medals decided in Malaga and the action begins at 10:00 local time (GMT +1) with two Women’s fifth-placed semi-finals, as England face Ireland and Canada get the chance for revenge against Poland.

But the top prize is at stake at 10:44, when USA take on France in the first of the Women’s Cup semi-finals, followed by Russia’s clash with Australia at 11:06.

The women’s ninth-place playoff and the men’s placement semi-finals follow, whetting the appetite for the first men’s Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia at 14:09.

England then face Argentina at 14:31, followed by a series of play-off finals.

The men’s and women’s bronze finals will be back-to-back, the women’s at 17:37 and the men’s straight after at 17:59.

Finally, the women’s champion will be decided in the Cup final at 18:26, before the men’s Cup final concludes the weekend’s action at 18:56.