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Under-achievers Australia and France have much to prove in Dubai

AUSTRALIA

Men

HSBC Sevens World Series 2013/14 round 1: Runners-up

Dubai debut: 1999

Dubai 2012: 15th

Dubai best: Semi-finals

World Series best: Runners-up, 2000/01

Overall record: P 647, W 403, L 234, D 10, F 14,350, A 9,162

Best winning run: 17, April 2001

Biggest win: 73-0 v Malaysia, 2000/01

World Cup 2013: Quarter-finals

Dubai will be Australia’s 121st tournament. They have won six so far.

Player to watch: Ed Jenkins — battled back from injury last season to lead the squad to the World Cup. Jenkins is a work horse with immense strength and who leads by example.

Women

Dubai 2012: 4th

IRB Women’s Sevens World Series 2012/13: 5th (46 points)

Best result in 2012/13: 3rd in USA

World Cup 2013: 5th (Plate winners)

Player to watch: Charlotte Caslick — a teenager with a great talent, she won gold at the Youth Olympic Festival in January, playing at the World Cup.

FRANCE

Men

HSBC Sevens World Series 2013/14 round 1: 9th (Bowl winners)

Dubai debut: 1999

Dubai 2012: 4th

Dubai best: Runners-up, 2011

HSBC Sevens World Series record: P 613, W 270, L 331, D 12, F 10,065, A 11,002

Best winning run: 6, June to December 2005

Biggest win: 63-12 v Chinese Taipei, 2009/10

World Cup 2013: Quarter-finals

Dubai will be their 115th World Series appearance, with one win in London in 2005

Player to watch: Paul Albaladejo — France’s all-time leading try and points scorer in Sevens, Paul is son of ‘Monsieur le Drop’ Pierre and plays with similar panache.

Women

One of the four invitation teams in Dubai

Dubai will be their third IRB Women’s Sevens World Series tournament

Dubai 2012: 10th (Bowl runners up)

World Cup 2013: 11th (Bowl semi-finalists)

Player to watch: Shannon Izar — a stylish runner and a lethal finisher for France. Scored four tries at the World Cup to add to impressive displays on the World and European Series despite France’s limited opportunities.