In the 2016/2017 season of the World Series Sevens Russia scraped through the season and placed 14th. The Russian squad mostly placed last and managed to gain a few 15th and 14th placings. Shockingly they managed to place 8th at the Sydney Sevens tournament, which was by far their best performance. Russia will need to pull themselves up by the bootstraps if they are to continue to compete against the big league teams in the World Sevens Series in 2017/2018.
Russia is the largest country in the world and spans across nine time zones.
Player to watch:
As Russia Sevens’ highest try scorer, Vladislav Lazarenko is a force to reckoned with. The 28-year-old is one of the most impressive players in a squad that lacks star power. No doubt Lazarenko will be looking to impress again in Sydney.
World Series ranking 2016/2017:
2017 Sydney Sevens placing: