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OLYMPIC RUGBY SEVENS OVERVIEW

Fiji’s men taking rugby sevens’ first ever Olympic title at Rio 2016

A total of 12 Olympic rugby sevens teams will compete for medals in each of the men’s and women’s competitions at Tokyo 2020.

Rugby sevens are played on the same field of play as the fifteen-a-side game with pitch dimensions that are 100m x 70m. The result of fewer players on the same size field is a faster-paced game with more running, more tackles and more tries.

Unlike the fifteen-a-side game, which comprises two 40-minute halves, the period of time for sevens matches in Olympic games are 14 minutes, comprised of two seven minutes halves. Despite the shorter halves, a rugby sevens player has to be incredibly fit, powerful and skilled to compete at the highest level of the game.

New Zealand, known as the All Blacks (men) and the Black Ferns (women), are the sport’s traditional powerhouse in the fifteen-a-side game.

Both teams have an overwhelming victory record, with the men having won three out of nine Rugby World Cup tournaments and the women winning five of eight.

In rugby sevens, it is Fiji’s men who currently hold the crown as world and Olympic champions having finished last season’s World Rugby Sevens Series as gold medal winners and taking rugby sevens’ first-ever Olympic title at Rio 2016.

Their unique playing style attracts sevens fans from all over the world and embodies everything that is so appealing about the seven-a-side game.

New Zealand’s men failed to win a medal at Rio 2016 with Great Britain taking the silver medal and South Africa claiming bronze.

In the women’s seven-a-side game it is New Zealand who won last season’s World Rugby Sevens Series, medalling in all but one of six tournaments.

They were runners-up to Australia at Rio 2016 whose impressive campaign earned them the first ever women’s rugby sevens gold medal with Canada finishing third.

The standard of competition in both the men’s and women’s game is increasing year-on-year, and with the World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 featuring more tournaments than ever, there will be more upsets and triumphs on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

TOKYO RUGBY SEVENS FIXTURES

Date and Time (Japan Standard Time):

Mon 26 July 9:00 – 12:00

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Men’s Pool Round (6 matches)

Date and Time: Mon 26 July 16:30 – 19:30

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Men’s Pool Round (6 matches)

Date and Time: Tue 27 July 9:00 – 12:00

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Men’s Pool Round (6 matches)

Date and Time: Tue 27 July 16:30 – 19:30

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Men’s Placing 9-12 (2 matches)
  • Men’s Quarter-finals (4 matches)

Date and Time: Wed 28 July 9:00 – 12:00

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Men’s Placing 11-12
  • Men’s Placing 9-10
  • Men’s Placing 5-8 (2 matches)
  • Men’s Semi-finals (2 matches)

Date and Time: Wed 28 July 16:30 – 19:00

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Men’s Placing 7-8
  • Men’s Placing 5-6
  • Men’s Bronze Medal Match
  • Men’s Gold Medal Match
  • Men’s Victory Ceremony

Date and Time: Thu 29 July 9:00 – 12:00

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Women’s Pool Round (6 matches)

Date and Time: Thu 29 July 16:30 – 19:30

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Women’s Pool Round (6 matches)

Date and Time: Fri 30 July 9:00 – 12:00

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Women’s Pool Round (6 matches)

Date and Time: Fri 30 July 16:30 – 19:30

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Women’s Placing 9-12 (2 matches)
  • Women’s Quarter-finals (4 matches)

Date and Time: Sat 31 July 9:00 – 12:00

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Women’s Placing 11-12
  • Women’s Placing 9-10
  • Women’s Placing 5-8 (2 matches)
  • Women’s Semi-finals (2 matches)

Date and Time: Sat 31 July 16:30 – 19:00

Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Women’s Placing 7-8
  • Women’s Placing 5-6
  • Women’s Bronze Medal Match
  • Women’s Gold Medal Match
  • Women’s Victory Ceremony

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