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Fear of losing motivates unbeaten NZ rugby sevens

July 25, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — New Zealand goes into the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens on a 25-match unbeaten streak, and with its major rival not in Glasgow.

The New Zealanders have won all four gold medals in Commonwealth Games competition since 1998. The top sides in the 16-team tournament on Saturday will advance to the medal round on Sunday.

Fiji, which has won two silver medals and a bronze in past games, will not be competing. Although the country was partially reinstated to the Commonwealth after a promise to hold democratic elections, the decision came too late for organizers to revise the draws to include the South Pacific island team.

Seven-a-side rugby will feature at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for the first time.

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