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Januárban sorsolják majd a VB csoportokat.
87!!!!!!! ország vett részt a selejzőkben és a résztvevők:

The global qualification process for the tournament is now complete.

Defending champions Fiji, New Zealand, England, South Africa, Australia, France, Scotland and Argentina all qualified automatically after reaching the Melrose Cup quarter-finals at RWC Sevens 2005 in Hong Kong.

They will be joined by Host Union, the Arabian Gulf, plus regional qualifiers Uruguay (South America), Portugal, Wales, Georgia, Ireland, Italy (Europe), Samoa, Tonga (Oceania), Japan, Hong Kong (Asia), USA, Canada (North America), Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tunisia (Africa) in the men’s tournament.

In the women’s event Brazil (South America), England, Netherlands, Russia, France, Spain, Italy (Europe), Australia, New Zealand (Oceania), South Africa, Uganda (Africa), Japan, Thailand, China (Asia), Canada and USA (North America) have all confirmed their places in Dubai through regional qualifiers.

“The global qualifying process has been a great success,” added Coalter. “It is the largest ever qualification process for a RWC Sevens with 87 men’s teams and 83 women’s teams from all six IRB regions competing to secure a place for Dubai.

“In addition, the standard of competition across every qualifying tournament has been extremely high. Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 promises to be a spectacular event and the IRB looks forward to welcoming the global Rugby community to Dubai in March.”

Gary Chapman, President Group Services and Dnata, Emirates Group, added: “With just 100 days to go to the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009, we are thrilled with the way everything has come together at Emirates’ new sports facility, The Sevens.

“This weekend’s Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens will see the public and players getting their first glimpse of the spectacular new venue. And we are certain that in 100 days time it will be even more impressive when we welcome the world back for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 – the largest global sports event Dubai has hosted to date.”

The pools and tournament schedule for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 will be announced at a Rugby World Cup Sevens press conference in Dubai on January 19.