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Rugby Sevens at the Summer Olympics

 

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Rugby Sevens

Games: 1 games in 1 country
Events: 2

Participants: 299 (151 men and 148 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: FIJ Jiowana Sauto (18 years, 147 days), 2016 Summer Games
Oldest Participant: FRA Julien Candelon (36 years, 33 days), 2016 Summer Games
 

Rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics was played for the first time at the 2016 Summer Olympics with both men's and women's contests. Rugby sevens was added to the Olympics following the decision of the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen in October 2009. The champions for the inaugural rugby sevens tournament in 2016 were Fiji for the men and Australia for the women.

Efforts to include rugby sevens in the Olympics

1932 bid

A Scottish man based in Canada, Mr. W. Hastie Cochrane, was unsuccessful in his bid to get rugby sevens into the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. The reason given was that two exhibition sports were already picked: American Football and Lacrosse.

2012 bid

Rugby sevens was one of five sports — golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, and squash — that submitted a proposal to the IOC at the 117th IOC Session meeting in Singapore in 2005 for inclusion in the 2012 games. The IOC stated that no sport would be added unless others were dropped. However, the selection of two sports out of the five nominees as potential 2012 sports went to squash and karate, as determined by a voting procedure.

2016 bid

Most recently, rugby sevens competed with golf for two available spaces in the 2016 Olympics. The final decision was made at the IOC Session in Copenhagen in October 2009. The IRB used a number of high-profile people and events to influence the IOC to include sevens at the 2016 games. In March 2009, two senior delegates from the IOC attended the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai at the invitation of the IRB. The event attracted 78,000 fans over the three days and saw Wales crowned Men’s World Champions and Australia won the first ever Women's World Cup.

Along with the World Cup, the IRB enlisted some of rugby’s biggest names to assist in the bid. In March 2009, Jonah Lomu and Lawrence Dallaglio were announced as ambassadors for the bid and in April 2009 Waisale Serevi was unveiled as an ambassador to coincide with the Oceania National Olympic Committees' general assembly. May 2009 saw the IRB announce that they would drop the Rugby World Cup Sevens in order to improve the chances of the sport being included. The benefit of this move would be to make the Olympics the premier event in international rugby sevens.

As well as rugby sevens, baseball and softball, which were dropped from the Olympic programme in 2005, karate, squash, golf and roller sports (inline speed skating) were all seeking to be included in the 2016 games and leaders of the seven sports made formal presentations to the IOC executive board in June 2009.[6] A new system was in place at this session in which a sport now needs only a simple majority rather than the two-thirds majority that was required before.

On 13 August 2009 it was announced that the IOC executive board was recommending rugby sevens for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games and on 9 October 2009 the full IOC, at its 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, voted to include rugby sevens in the 2016 games.

Separate competitions for men and women will be held, using a similar format to the existing IRB Sevens World Series. The IRB had originally proposed including 12 teams of each sex, the same number as other team ball sports events. During the IRB's presentation at the IOC Session, two IOC members asked why only 12 teams were included. IRB Chief Executive Mike Miller responded, "We followed the guidance of the Executive Members of the IOC, but if the IOC feels we should have more teams, we will add more."

Qualifying

Twelve rugby teams participate in the men’s and women’s competitions, qualifying through one of the four following routes:

  • Four teams qualify by finishing in the top four in the World Rugby Sevens Series.
  • Six teams qualify by finishing first in their respective continental championships — Europe, Africa, Oceania, Asia, South America, and North America.
  • The host country qualifies automatically.
  • The last qualifying place goes to the team that wins an inter-continental competition.

Competition format

Both the men’s and women’s competition consist of two parts — pool play followed by a knockout round. For pool play, the twelve teams are divided into three pools of four teams each. Each team plays the other three teams in the pool once. At the end of pool play, the eight best teams — the top two from each group plus the two best third-place finishers — qualify for the quarterfinals, while the other four teams move to a consolation bracket. The knockout rounds proceed through the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals. The winner of the finals earns the gold medal and the finals runner-up earns silver. The two losing semifinalists play a third-place playoff to determine who earns the bronze medal.
for all the information and results per Olympic Game visit the links
2016 Summer Olympics - The Results (Rugby - Men Rosters)
2016 Summer Olympics - The Results (Rugby - Men)
2016 Summer Olympics - The Results (Rugby - Qualification)
2016 Summer Olympics - The Results (Rugby - Women Rosters)
2016 Summer Olympics - The Results (Rugby - Women)

Men's summaries

Year Host   Final   Bronze medal match
Gold medal Score Silver medal Bronze medal Score Fourth place
2016 Brazil
Rio

Fiji
43–7
Great Britain

South Africa
54–14
Japan
2020 Japan
Tokyo
               

Women's summaries

Year Host   Final   Bronze medal match
Gold medal Score Silver medal Bronze medal Score Fourth place
2016 Brazil
Rio

Australia
24–17
New Zealand

Canada
33–10
Great Britain
2020 Japan
Tokyo
             

Medal table

 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia (AUS) 1 0 0 1
 Fiji (FIJ) 1 0 0 1
3  Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 0 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 0 1 0 1
5  Canada (CAN) 0 0 1 1
 South Africa (RSA) 0 0 1 1
Totals (6 nations) 2 2 2 6
 

Men's participating nations

Nation 16 20 Years
 Australia (AUS) 8th Q 2
 Argentina (ARG) 6th Q 2
 Brazil (BRA) 12th   1
 Canada (CAN)   Q 1
 Fiji (FIJ) 1st place, gold medalist(s) Q 2
 France (FRA) 7th   1
 Great Britain (GBR) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Q 2
 Japan (JPN) 4th Q 2
 Kenya (KEN) 11th Q 2
 New Zealand (NZL) 5th Q 2
 South Africa (RSA) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Q 2
 South Korea (KOR)   Q 1
 Spain (ESP) 10th   1
 United States (USA) 9th Q 2
 
Nations 12 12 14
Athletes 144 144  

Women's participating nations

Nation 16 20 Years
 Australia (AUS) 1st place, gold medalist(s) Q 2
 Brazil (BRA) 9th Q 2
 Canada (CAN) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Q 2
 China (CHN)   Q 1
 Colombia (COL) 12th   1
 Fiji (FIJ) 8th Q 2
 France (FRA) 6th   1
 Japan (JPN) 10th Q 2
 Great Britain (GBR) 4th Q 2
 Kenya (KEN) 11th Q 2
 New Zealand (NZL) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Q 2
 Spain (ESP) 7th   1
 United States (USA) 5th Q 2
 
Nations 12 12 13
Athletes 144 144  

List of Olympic medalists in rugby sevens

Men's

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2016 Rio

 Fiji (FIJ)
Masivesi Dakuwaqa
Apisai Domolailai
Osea Kolinisau
Semi Kunatani
Viliame Mata
Leone Nakarawa
Vatemo Ravouvou
Savenaca Rawaca
Kitione Taliga
Josua Tuisova
Jerry Tuwai
Jasa Veremalua
Samisoni Viriviri
 Great Britain (GBR)
Mark Bennett
Dan Bibby
Phil Burgess
Sam Cross
James Davies
Ollie Lindsay-Hague
Ruaridh McConnochie
Tom Mitchell
Dan Norton
Mark Robertson
James Rodwell
Marcus Watson
 South Africa (RSA)
Cecil Afrika
Tim Agaba
Kyle Brown
Juan de Jongh
Justin Geduld
Francois Hougaard
Werner Kok
Cheslin Kolbe
Dylan Sage
Seabelo Senatla
Kwagga Smith
Philip Snyman
Rosko Specman
2020 Tokyo

     

Women's

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2016 Rio

 Australia (AUS)
Nicole Beck
Charlotte Caslick
Emilee Cherry
Chloe Dalton
Gemma Etheridge
Ellia Green
Shannon Parry
Evania Pelite
Alicia Quirk
Emma Tonegato
Amy Turner
Sharni Williams
 New Zealand (NZL)
Shakira Baker
Kelly Brazier
Gayle Broughton
Theresa Fitzpatrick
Sarah Goss
Huriana Manuel
Kayla McAlister
Tyla Nathan-Wong
Terina Te Tamaki
Ruby Tui
Niall Williams
Portia Woodman
 Canada (CAN)
Brittany Benn
Hannah Darling
Bianca Farella
Jen Kish
Ghislaine Landry
Megan Lukan
Kayla Moleschi
Karen Paquin
Kelly Russell
Ashley Steacy
Natasha Watcham-Roy
Charity Williams
2020 Tokyo

     

 

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