Rugby sevens is sanctioned by the IRB , and is played under substantially the same laws and on a field of the same dimensions as the 15-player game. While a normal rugby union match lasts at least 80 minutes, a normal sevens match consists of two halves of seven minutes with a one-minute half-time break. The final of a competition can be played over two halves of ten minutes each, with a half-time break of two minutes. (In the IRB Sevens World Series, only the Cup final, which determines the overall winner of an event, is played with 10-minute halves; all finals for lower-level trophies are played with 7-minute halves.) This allows rugby tournaments to be completed in a day or a weekend. However, sevens scores are generally comparable to union scores; scoring occurs much more frequently in sevens, since the defenders are more spaced out.
Sevens is a game of speed, skill and strength. There are different skill sets required from sevens athletes in comparison with fifteen a-side athletes. It is played by Rugby’s fastest and fittest athletes, both male and female. Currently, it is played in major multi-sport events such as Olympic, World, Commonwealth, Youth Commonwealth, Asian, and Pan American Games involving most nations in the world.
Click here for more history and information on sevens.
Click here for the Laws of sevens.
On October 9th, 2009, the 121st International Olympic Committee Session in Copenhagen voted almost unanimously to recognize sevens as an Olympic sport to debut in 2016 Rio de Janeiro.
The IRB strategic plan intends for the re-entry of Rugby to the Olympics via sevens to be instrumental in taking the game to new territories and regions around the world.
Click here for more information on sevens in the Olympics.
IRB World Cup
Every four years the worlds best sevens athletes compete in the Rugby World Cup of Sevens.
Click here for more information on RWC 7's.
IRB World Sevens Series
Each year, the IRB has a global tournament that is competed for by the best nations in the world. The eight stop competition takes in countries such as Dubai, USA, South Africa, Scotland and New Zealand.
Click here for Official HSBC Sevens Website.
Rugby Ontario is committed to providing stakeholders with key resources to develop 7's.
Coaches and Referees should check out NCCP and IRB Courses for 7's offered by Rugby Ontario under the Coach and Referee pages.
IRB L1 Coaching 7's Manual
IRB L1 Refereeing 7's Manual
Refereeing 7's Guide
Supporting Rugby - Olympics Newest Sport - Rugby Canada
Rugby Canada 7's Development Strategy
Rugby Ontario 7's Direction Document