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Wellington Sevens 2013 Guide: start times, pool games, schedule

Friday 1 Feb 2013 8:35 a.m.

The Wellington Sevens attracts all manners of costume as the party atmosphere surrounds the rugby (Photosport file)

The Wellington Sevens attracts all manners of costume as the party atmosphere surrounds the rugby (Photosport file)

Rugby sevens world series leaders New Zealand face a challenging opening round match against England when the Wellington tournament kicks off this afternoon.

The All Blacks Sevens have named a strong, settled team to pursue a third successive Wellington crown and seventh since 2000.

England have yet to make the quarter-finals in any of the first three tournaments, while New Zealand have been beaten finalists twice and won the previous leg in South Africa.

The Kiwis lead the overall standings on 60 points, 14 ahead of second-placed France, while England are a distant 13th with 15.

But England will be boosted by the return of last year's leading try-scorer Mat Turner, out since October after he broke his ankle in the opening Gold Coast tournament.

With another influential playmaker returning in Christian Lewis-Pratt, who missed the last two tournaments with an ankle injury, New Zealand captain DJ Forbes says over-confidence won't be a factor for his team.

New Zealand also face matches against Spain and the United States in pool play on Friday.

Match No, Pool, Day 1 (Friday), Time (NZ)

1. B, France v Kenya, 13:00

2. B, Argentina v Tonga, 13:22

3. C, South Africa v Samoa, 13:44

4. C, Wales v Canada, 14:06

5. D, Portugal v Australia, 14:28

6. D, Fiji v Scotland, 14:50

7. A, New Zealand v England, 15:12

8. A, United States v Spain, 15:34

9. B, France v Tonga, 15:56

10. B, Argentina v Kenya, 16:18

11. C, South Africa v Canada, 16:40

12. C, Wales v Samoa, 17:02

13. D, Portugal v Scotland, 17:24

14. D, Fiji v Australia, 17:46

15. A, New Zealand v Spain, 18:08

16. A, United States v England, 18:30

17. B, Kenya v Tonga, 18:52

18. C, Samoa v Canada, 19:14

19. B, France v Argentina, 19:36

20. D, Australia v Scotland, 20:28

21. A, England v Spain, 20:50

22. A, South Africa v Wales, 21:12

23. C, Portugal v Fiji, 21:34

24. A, New Zealand v United States, 21:56

Match No, Day 2 (Saturday), Duration, Time

25. 3rd Pool A v 4th Pool D, 22 minutes, 13:00

26, 3rd Pool C v 4th Pool D, 22 minutes, 13:22

27. 3rd Pool D v 4th Pool A, 22 minutes, 13:44

28. 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool C, 22 minutes, 14:06

29. 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool D, 22 minutes, 14:33

30. 1st Pool C v 2nd Pool B, 22 minutes, 14:55

31. 1st Pool D v 2nd Pool A, 22 minutes, 15:17

32. 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool C, 22 minutes, 15:39

33. Loser Game 25 v Loser Game 26, 22 minutes, 16:10

34. Loser Game 27 v Loser Game 28, 22 minutes, 16:32

35. Winner Game 25 v Winner Game 26, 22 minutes, 16:54

36. Winner Game 27 v Winner Game 28, 22 minutes, 17:16

37. Loser Game 29 v Loser Game 30, 22 minutes, 17:38

38. Loser Game 31 v Loser Game 32, 22 minutes, 18:00

39. Winner Game 29 v Winner Game 30, 25 minutes, 18:35

40. Winner Game 31 v Winner Game 32, 22 minutes, 19:00

41. FINAL SHIELD Winner Game 33 v Winner Game 34, 30 minutes, 19:30

42. FINAL BOWL Winner Game 35 v Winner Game 36, 30 minutes, 20:00

43. FINAL PLATE Winner Game 37 v Winner Game 38, 30 minutes, 20:30

44. THIRD PLACE Loser Game 39 v Loser Game 40, 30 minutes, 21:00

45. FINAL CUP Winner Game 39 v Winner Game 40, 30 minutes, 21:30

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