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Mexico will replace Russia in the 12-team group of the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens next month in Langford, B.C.

World Rugby announced on Monday that Russia has been banned from all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activity until further notice following the invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian women finished third in the World Series standings after four events.

“We fully support World Rugby’s strong stance and decision to suspend Russia from all international rugby and cross-border club activities,” Rugby Canada president Sally Dennis said in a statement. “Rugby Canada, its provincial unions and its clubs will not compete with Russia at any level until peace is restored.

“We add our collective voice to the call for the restoration of peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian people and condemnation of Russia’s actions.”

Langford’s home ground will also include Australia, Brazil, Ireland, England, Fiji, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States. Japan, who join the field as an invitational team, will compete in the Sevens Series for the first time since 2020.

The Langford tournament, scheduled for April 30-May 1, is taking place for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic.

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