Kiwis flying high

Twickenham is gearing up to play host to the two-day Emirates Airline London Sevens, the only English leg in the IRB Sevens World Series, starting tomorrow.

A total of 16 teams are flying in from all corners of the world to play 44 matches in the penultimate event in the series, which commenced in November 2007 in Dubai, the home of Emirates.

Gary Chapman, President Group Services and Dnata, Emirates Group, said: "Emirates is a committed sponsor of rugby sevens across the world, and is delighted to be involved in London as the World Series nears another exciting conclusion.

"Rugby is a sport at the heart of our sponsorships and the spirit in which it is played mirrors the values of our airline. We look forward to an exciting weekend of rugby and a long association with Sevens."

The team to beat is certainly New Zealand, as they ride high at the top of the standings with a seemingly unassailable lead. With South Africa in second place and Fiji in third, both will be challenging hard for valuable points, and England, down in eighth place, will want to impress the home crowd.