Rugby Sevens

Strong Interest to host RWC Sevens 2013

Tuesday November 3, 2009 by  

The International Rugby Board has confirmed that eight Unions have expressed a formal interest to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013.

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia, Scotland and USA all submitted their interest to tender for the global showcase tournament by the deadline on October 30.

The strong level of tender interest is another significant boost for Rugby Sevens at a time when the sport is enjoying its highest ever profile following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to include the sport in the Olympic Games, starting from 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

“The International Rugby Board is delighted with the phenomenal level of interest in hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013,” said Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset. Read more

Rugby returns to Olympic fold

Saturday October 10, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has welcomed the historic decision by the International Olympic Committee to return Rugby to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The IOC members, meeting in Copenhagen, voted overwhelmingly 81 to eight in support of Rugby Sevens after the code was one of two recommended by the Executive Board for inclusion in Brazil.

Golf was also accepted into the Games with a supporting vote of 63 to 27.

“This is a wonderful moment for our game, and a momentous decision by the IOC,” said ARU Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill. Read more

Australia’s challenging start to Sevens campaign

Tuesday October 6, 2009 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team will have a challenging start to their IRB Sevens World Series campaign. They will meet defending Series champions South Africa in the Pool rounds at the Dubai Sevens (December 4-5), the first stop on the 2009/10 Series tour.

In these crucial pool matches, Australia will also come up against the Arabian Gulf and Wales – the current IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens champions.

The Dubai tournament will be played at “The Sevens,” Dubai’s purpose-built sporting venue, which staged last year’s event and the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens for both men and women in March.

Last season Australia placed eighth on the overall Series standings. However, for the 11th year of the Sevens World Series they are determined to better this result. Read more