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IRB Women's Sevens World Series: Houston 7s Preview
The 22,000-seat Compass Stadium will host this leg of the IRB Women's World Series in Houston, Texas.

In 2012, the International Rugby Board (IRB) inaugurated its first ever Women's Sevens World Series, with events in Dubai, Houston, Guangzhou and Amsterdam.

On February 1, the series will arrive in the USA for the second of its four events—and the first of its kind to be held in Texas.

The new Women's World Series is seen as a crucial platform for the development of the sport, which was recently admitted into the Summer Olympics, beginning with the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The series had been a long time in coming.

For years, international women's tournaments had run alongside major televised IRB men's tournaments at locations around the globe. However, with the close of the London Olympics in 2012, all international sporting organizations began their four-year development cycle towards Rio.

The decision by the IRB to award its women athletes their own international series assures an annual high-standard competition prior to the sport making its Olympic debit in four years' time. 

Twelve teams in three round robin pools, including the six core series squads from England, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia, will compete in Houston.

And we are here to breakdown the action for you in this Bleacher Report tournament preview.

We begin will Pool A, which, most observers will agree, is the pool of death!

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