Rugby Sevens Tour Blog
- What is Rugby Sevens.
- What is special about a Rugby Sevens Tour.
- What can I expect on a Rugby Sevens Tour.
What is Rugby Sevens
Originally known as seven-a-side rugby, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players playing 2 x seven minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40 minute halves. Rugby sevens is an open, fast and very skillful game which originated in Melrose, Scotland in the 1880s; the Melrose Sevens tournament is still played annually. The popularity of rugby sevens increased further with the development of the Hong Kong Sevens in the 1970’s and was later followed by the inclusion of the sport into the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and the establishment of the annual World Rugby Sevens Series in 1999. In 2016, rugby sevens was contested in the Summer Olympics for the first time which has helped in making it a recognised global sporting event.The World Rugby Sevens Series lasts for around six months and takes in some of the most iconic cities around the world – Starting in Dubai in November and ending in Paris the following May with all the major rugby nations participating in each city.