Tough pool for Blitzbokke
The IRB has confirmed the pool draw for the Dubai Sevens, the second round of the HSBC Sevens World Series, that starts on November 29.
After their Cup win at the first round of the Series on Australia's Gold Coast, New Zealand are top seed and head Pool A, while runners-up Australia, third-placed England and the fourth semi-finalist South Africa head the other pools.
After their ominous win on the Gold Coast, New Zealand head Pool A and face matches against Kenya, France and Portugal on day one in Dubai.
Australia will face Wales, Scotland and Spain.
England will once again face their former coach, Ben Ryan, after they drew Fiji, Canada and USA.
In Pool D, South Africa face tough matches against Samoa, Argentina and Russia.
After the opening round of the Series in Australia, defending champions New Zealand lead with 22 points from second-placed Australia (19). England lie third under new coach Simon Amor (17) ahead of South Africa (15) and Fiji (13).
Pool draw for Dubai Sevens
Pool A: New Zealand, Kenya, France, Portugal
Pool B: Australia, Wales, Scotland, Spain
Pool C: England, Fiji, Canada, USA
Pool D: South Africa, Samoa, Argentina, Russia
With thanks to the IRB