Rugby in the Olympics:What is Sevens

Skill, Speed and Success

  • Rugby Sevens is a game of speed, skill and strength
  • It is played by Rugby’s fastest and fittest athletes – men and women
  • A Rugby Sevens tournament is played over two or three days with a new match every 20 minutes and is ideal for broadcasters and spectators
  • An Olympic Rugby Sevens competition could be played in an existing stadium with minimal staging costs
  • Rugby Sevens has already proven a successful addition at major multi-sport events such as the World, Commonwealth and Asian Games
Passion and youth
  • Rugby Sevens has a truly global fanbase
  • Rugby Sevens tournaments have an energetic, friendly, passionate and youthful atmosphere
  • Rugby’s loyal fans travel all over the world to follow Sevens tournaments
  • Nearly 500,000 spectators attended the 2009 IRB Sevens World Series
  • These fans will support Rugby Sevens in the Olympic Games – and stay on to enjoy all that the world’s greatest sporting celebration has to offer
A Sport for All
  • Rugby Sevens is played at the highest level by both men and women
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 saw the men’s and women’s competitions played side-by-side
  • Australian Cheryl Soon became the first woman captain to lift the Rugby World Cup Sevens trophy
  • Captain Humphrey Kayange led Kenya to a record finish as his team reached the semi-finals of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009
Medal opportunities for more nations
  • Rugby Sevens in the Olympic Games would mean more medal chances for more nations
  • Fiji won the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2005 with Waisale Serevi as captain
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 was a showcase for emerging global talent
  • Teams from Zimbabwe, Samoa and Uganda showed they were capable of competing against the best in the world
Commercial Success
  • Rugby Sevens enjoys high levels of commercial success
  • Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai was a sell-out, with almost 80,000 fans attending
  • The tournament enjoyed a potential global television reach of 760 million in 141 countries with the action broadcast in 19 languages
  • The 2009 IRB Sevens World Series attracted nearly 500,000 spectators
  • The IRB Sevens World Series global sponsors and commercial partners include Emirates, BP, Panasonic, Credit Suisse, Hilton and Cathay Pacific


Player Quotes of Support

“More than anything, Sevens embodies the Olympic ideals of camaraderie, fair play and respect on and off the field of play.”  – Shane Williams, Wales

“You play sport at the highest level to challenge yourself to be the best that you can possibly be and to compete with the best from all over the world, and what better stage to do that on than at the Olympics?” – Sue Day, England

“Going to the Commonwealth Games was amazing and to have the chance to go to the Olympics would be right up there with anything you could possibly dream of doing in sport.” – Tamati Ellison, New Zealand


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