U.S. draws Fiji in first Olympic rugby competition in 92 years
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Pairings are set for the first Olympic rugby competition in 92 years with the draw on Tuesday placing favorites New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa in different groups in the men's tournament.
The rugby sevens event at the Rio de Janeiro games will be played Aug. 6-11.
Group A of the men's tournament is made up of Fiji, United States, Argentina and Brazil. Group B has South Africa, Australia, France and Spain. New Zealand leads group C, which also includes Britain, Kenya and Japan.
The U.S. men look to defend their Olympic title as they have won last two Olympic rugby tournaments in 1920 and 1924. Only two nations competed in 1920 and three played in 1924.
Fiji seeks its first Olympic medal of any color.
The women's tournament will also be split into three groups and played over the same dates.
Group A has Australia, United States, Fiji and Colombia. Group B includes New Zealand, France, Spain and Kenya. Hosts Brazil will be in group C with Britain, Canada and Japan.