RWC 7s to continue

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The International Rugby Board announced that, following consultation with Member Unions and major stakeholders, the popular Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament will be retained and integrated into the Olympic Games cycle.

The decision to integrate the event within the middle of the Olympic cycle will provide a key high performance pathway for teams around the world, ensuring optimum competitiveness at the Olympic Games.

With 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing at the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, RWC Sevens 2013 currently includes 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams, thus providing vital world-class competition for a greater number of players.

In order for the quadrennial tournament to be integrated into the Olympic cycle in the most effective manner, the next event following RWC Sevens 2013 in Moscow will take place in 2018.

This will ensure an Olympic Games or RWC Sevens will take place every two years and allow RWC Sevens to be used as a key springboard for our Unions towards the Games.

From June 28-30, the 2013 edition of the record-breaking event takes place at the iconic Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which will see the finest Rugby Sevens players on the planet showcase their skills ahead of the Rio Olympic Games in three years’ time.

– irb