In 1883, Rugby Sevens was born in Scotland. Like the 15-man game, the aim is to get the ball over your opponents try line. While you can kick forwards, you can only pass backwards. Rugby Sevens is a game that features 14 players on the pitch at one time – seven players per side – generally three forwards and four backs.
Scoring is the same as the 15-man game: five points for a try, two for a conversion and three for a penalty goal. But rather than playing two 40-minute halves, there are two seven-minute halves with just a two-minute break at half-time, meaning lots of matches in a day or session.
Fewer athletes on the pitch means a faster game and more entertainment for the passionate fans! With the pitch being the same size as a regular one, it means more space and far more points. Statistics say that a try is scored every two-and-a-half minutes. For the athletes it means more training and super-human fitness levels.
The 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai in December, with ten rounds in total scheduled for the season with stops in Port Elizabeth, Dubai, Las Vegas and Hong Kong. At each event, 16 international teams play 45 matches across two days.
Rugby Sevens made its debut at the Olympics in Rio in 2016 – the first time that Rugby had been a part of the Olympic program since 1924. Australia won the women's event, while Fiji took home the gold medal in the men's event.
Australia are the current Women’s series champions, with Fiji the current World Series champions in the Men’s.