Kicking off the day in rugby sevens will be the last place match, or the placing match between Brazil and Kenya at a. Though both teams have struggled hugely, but can end Rio on a high note. There will then be two placing match with New Zealand vs France starting that at p. This could be a heavy-hitting and fun matchup to watch that might steal the show. That matchup will be followed by the other placing match, Argentina vs Australia at p.
Map: Brazil Co-captain Shannon Parry has hailed Australia's Olympic gold medal in rugby sevens in Rio as not only a victory for the nation but also women's sport.
Australia made history by winning the first gold awarded in women's rugby sevens at the Olympics with a tight triumph over trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the Deodoro Stadium. The Australians had been pre-Olympic favourites, courtesy of winning the world series, but were forced to weather an early attacking storm from New Zealand before prevailing with a four tries to three win.
Rugby sevens is among the fastest growing sports in the world and the number of women participating in the sport is enjoying a boom.
The exposure women's rugby sevens has gained from being a part of the Olympic program in Rio is only expected to accelerate this popularity. Parry hopes Australia's victory and the performance of all 12 teams competing in Rio during the past three days will help rugby sevens and women's sport in general grow even more on the global stage.
Rio gold the pay-off for Aussie women's rugby Photo: Australia's players drink in their moment of history.
The Australian Rugby Union began to invest more heavily in the women's program, with talent identification camps following the London Olympics used as part of preparations for Rio.
Several of the gold medal-winning squad joined the program following these camps, coming from sports such as rugby league, touch football, athletics and basketball. It was centralised in Sydney in and this played a key role in Australia's Olympic victory and the claiming of the world series crown.
According to World Rugby, the inclusion of the fast-paced discipline in the Rio Olympic Games had a profound impact on the sport, garnering tens of millions of fans globally.
Parry, one of the longest-serving members of Australia's squad, described winning gold as an "incredible" feeling. They fought back to lead at half-time and late in the match, before the outclassed New Zealand scored two consolation tries.