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U.S. men draw world champ Fiji in first Olympic rugby sevens event

Zack Test

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 07: Zack Test of USA charges forward during the Plate Semi Final match between Fiji and USA in the 2015 Wellington Sevens at Westpac Stadium on February 7, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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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 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.

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