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All Blacks Sevens head to Dubai as top seeds

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irbsevens.com and James Mortimer     16 Oct 2013     getty

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After their Cup win at the first round of the Series on Australia’s Gold Coast, New Zealand are top seed and head Pool A, while runners-up Australia, third-placed England and the fourth semi-finalist South Africa head the remaining pools.

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After their ominous win at the Gold Coast Sevens New Zealand head Pool A and face matches against Kenya, France and Portugal on day one in Dubai.

Gold Coast runners-up Australia will play Wales, Scotland and Spain in Pool B.

England will once again face their former coach, Ben Ryan, after they were drew Fiji, Canada and USA in Pool C.

In Pool D South Africa face tough matches against Samoa, Argentina and Russia.

After the opening round of the Series in Australia, defending champions New Zealand lead with 22 points from second-placed Australia (19). England lie third under new coach Simon Amor (17) ahead of South Africa (15) and Fiji (13).