The 1st Ever Rugby World Cup Sevens In The USA Comes To San Francisco June 20th!

    The 1st Ever Rugby World Cup Sevens In The USA Comes To San Francisco June 20th!


    Rugby World Cup Sevens
    Organized by the International Rugby Board (IRB), the Rugby World Cup Sevens is the premier stand-alone international rugby sevens competition, competed by the national seven teams every four years.
    The Melrose Cup is awarded to the winning team of the championship. Melrose Cup is named after a Scottish Town “Melrose”, where the first rugby sevens game was played.
    The first ever Rugby World Cups Sevens took place in Scotland, where the rugby sevens was born in 1993.
    In 2009 the IRB decided to add Womens games in the Rugby World Cup Sevens.
    There are 24 Mens Teams and 16 Womens Teams in the Rugby World Cup Sevens.
    IRB once stated that the World Cup Sevens was supposed to end so the Olympic Games could be the one high point in a four year cycle for rugby sevens. However following feedback from the members, the IRB announced that the championship would continue and integrated into the Olympic calendar, but the competition will take place every two years from 2016.
    IRB announced that the first tournament after the Olympic integration will happen in 2018 entailing a one-off five year gap right after the 2013 tournament.

    Rugby World Cup Sevens Format
    In the men’s competition, the eight quarter-finalists from RWC Sevens 2013 and 2018 hosts USA qualified automatically and were joined by the four highest ranked teams outside of these nations on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17. The remaining 11 teams successfully negotiated the regional qualification process.The top 14 seeds are ranked according to points accrued on the 2016-17 series and first seven rounds of 2018 in Dubai, Cape Town, Sydney, Hamilton, Las Vegas, Vancouver and Hong Kong.
    The remaining 10 teams are ranked according to their placing in the World Series qualifier in Hong Kong with Tonga seeded 24th having not taken part in that event.
    The tournament format will see an initial knock-out qualifier featuring the nations ranked ninth to 24th, while the top eight seeds progress automatically to the round of 16.
    This means that HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series leaders South Africa are top seeds with Olympic champions Fiji seeded second. Defending Rugby World Cup Sevens champions New Zealand are seeded third ahead of the side they beat in that 2013 final, England. Host nation USA, who were victorious in the recent Las Vegas round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, are the fifth seeds.
    Womens Rugby World Cup Sevens

    In the women's competition, the four semi-finalists at Moscow 2013 qualified automatically and were joined by the four highest ranked teams outside of these on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2016-17. The remaining eight teams booked their tickets to San Francisco via the regional qualification process.
    The top 10 seeds are ranked according to points accrued on the 2016-17 series and first two rounds of 2018 in Dubai and Sydney, with Japan seeded 11 by virtue of their place as a core team on the 2018 series. The five remaining teams are ranked by their placing in the World Series qualifier in Hong Kong, won by China.
    Defending champions New Zealand are the top seeds ahead of Olympic champions and current HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2018 leaders Australia in second. Canada are seeded third, ahead of Russia in fourth and hosts USA in fifth.

    Rugby World Cup Sevens Team Rankings
    1.South Africa
    2.Fiji
    3.New Zealand
    4.England
    5.USA
    6.Australia
    7.Argentina
    8.Scotland
    9.Kenya
    10.Canada
    11.France
    12.Wales
    14.Samoa
    15.Japan
    16.Ireland
    17.Chile
    18.Uruguay
    19.Hong Kong
    20.Uganda
    21.Zimbabwe
    22.Jamaica
    23.Papua New Guinea
    24.Tonga
    Rugby World Cup Sevens Womens Rankings
    1.New Zealand
    2.Australia
    3.Canada
    4.Russia
    5.USA
    6.France
    7.Fiji
    8.England
    9.Ireland
    10.Spain
    11.Japan
    12.China
    13.South Africa
    14.Brazil
    15.Papua New Guinea
    16.Mexico
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