Old rugby foes ready to battle for Olympic Games chance

THERE will be an old-fashioned Ashes battle in Glasgow this weekend as Australia and England go head to head in the race to qualify for the Olympic Games.

The two rivals have been drawn in the same pool for the penultimate tournament of the series, with whoever does better in Scotland to be in pole position to get to Rio next year.

The top four in the World Sevens Series will automatically qualify for Brazil with the rest of the teams headed for regional qualifying tournaments.

Coach Geraint John's team has been drawn in Pool A in Glasgow alongside France and Russia as well as the English.

England is in fourth spot in the series standings, nine points ahead of Australia which is in fifth

The English will come into the Glasgow tournament starting tomorrow on the back of winning the last round in Tokyo, while Australia had a poor time in Japan before winning the Bowl Tournament.

"Obviously Tokyo was a disappointment for us, but we can now only affect the future," John said.

"There's no doubt we have a tough draw in Glasgow but it's a challenge we are looking forward to meeting head on.

"England is in good form after winning in Japan last time out, while France will be hungry to continue their rapid improvement.

"Russia will be joining the series next year and will be eager to show what they can do on the world stage."

If the Aussies can't overtake England in the next fortnight, they'll head to Auckland in November to try to qualify for Rio.

Both Fiji and New Zealand won't have to compete there as they will qualify automatically, so Australia's biggest hurdle will probably be Samoa.

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