High-stakes competition starts strongly at the So Kon Po Recreation Ground.

Eight sides took one step closer to securing a place as a core team on the 2020 Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series with Japan, Kenya and Brazil progressing forwards with unblemished records.

The opening day saw three rounds of pool matches played with the whole competition kicking-off an action-packed long weekend of rugby in Hong Kong.

In the confirmed quarter-finals, Kenya will play Argentina before Brazil face-off against Kazakhstan. Scotland booked a meeting with Papua New Guinea while Japan, who dropped out of the series last year, will meet hosts Hong Kong.

The teams competing in the last eight all have added incentive to achieve a core place after it was recently announced the number of women’s rounds will increase from six to eight.

Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris will host combined men’s and women’s sevens events from next season onwards as part of the next four-year world series hosting cycle. The USA Women’s Sevens will again be hosted in Glendale, with Langford in Canada also remaining as a standalone event next season.

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