The 2021 PacificAus Sports Oceania Sevens is a new tournament under the Oceania Rugby Sevens brand that provides targeted High-Performance preparation for regional pre-qualified rugby teams ahead of the Tokyo Olympics Games.
The event features four men’s and four women’s teams with the national teams from Australia (current Women’s Olympic Gold Medalist), Fiji (current men’s Olympic Gold Medalist) and New Zealand (current men’s and women’s Commonwealth and Rugby World Cup Sevens Champions) joined by Oceania Barbarians teams in both the men’s and women’s event.
Australia is set to kick off the 2021 PacifcAus Sports Oceania Sevens with a blockbuster encounter against Fiji on June 25.
This will be followed by World Series champions New Zealand against the Oceania Barbarians, with the women’s teams closing out the opening session.
Australia’s women side will have to wait until Saturday before facing the arch-rivals Kiwis, with the fixtures mirroring the Olympic format, allowing each team to play two matches per day (one per session).
All matches will be played at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium from June 25-27, with the afternoon session on Friday and Saturday starting at 2:00 pm, followed by the evening session at 7:30 pm.
The Sunday sessions will start earlier at 12:30 pm and 5:45 pm respectively.
The Australian Government is proudly supporting the travel costs for Fiji’s national women and men’s sevens teams to compete in the Challenge, through the Pacific Step-Up program, PacificAus Sports.
The $52m program aims to build sustainable, elite sport pathways between Australia and the Pacific, with a major focus on women and girls.
The 2021 PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens will be held at Queensland Country Bank Stadium and is strategically supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Sport and Recreation (SR) and Stadiums Queensland (SQ), and Townsville City Council (Council) to bring the world best rugby sevens talent to North Queensland.