2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens

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2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens
2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens logo.png
Tournament details
Host nation United States
VenueAT&T Park, San Francisco
DatesJuly 20 – July 22
No. of nations
  • 24 (men)
  • 16 (women)
Champions Gold medal blank.svg

The 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens was the seventh edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens. Organised by World Rugby, it was held at AT&T Park in San Francisco, United States. A total of 84 matches (52 men's and 32 women's) were played over three days from July 20–22, 2018 with both tournaments being played for the first time in a knock-out only format.[1] New Zealand won the championship for both events — defeating England in the men's final and France in the women's final.


The bidding timeline for hosting the tournament was as follows:[2]

  1. February 28, 2014 —Interested countries declare their "intent to tender"
  2. August 29, 2014 — World Rugby (then the IRB) distributes the tender documentation
  3. December 5, 2014 — Countries submit their bids to World Rugby
  4. May 13, 2015 — World Rugby Council chooses the host country

The following 14 countries declared their interest in bidding to host the event:[3][4]


USA Rugby selected the San Francisco Bay Area as the host candidate. The venue was AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball.

When the event was awarded to the Bay Area in May 2015, Avaya Stadium, home to the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, was announced as a second venue.[5][6] However, the following year, Avaya Stadium was dropped as a venue.[7][8]

San Francisco
Location of 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens
AT&T Park
Capacity: 42,000
AT&T Park 2001-08.jpg


Over the three days of competition there was a total of 84 matches played across both the men's and women's competitions.

All times in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC−07:00).

Date Time Stage Matches
July 20, 2018
10:00–12:56 Women's Championship Cup Round of 16 8
13:01-15:57 Men's Championship Cup Pre-round of 16 8
16:02-18:58 Women's Challenge Quarter-finals
Women's Championship Cup Quarter-finals
19:03-21:59 Men's Championship Cup Round of 16 8
July 21, 2018
09:30–13:57 Women's Challenge Semi-finals
Women's Championship Cup Semi-finals
Men's Bowl Quarter-finals
14:04-17:00 Men's Challenge Quarter-finals
Men's Championship Cup Quarter-finals
17:10-20:29 Women's 11th-16th Place Matches
Women's Challenge Final
Women's 5th-8th Place Matches
Women's Bronze Medal match
Women's Championship Cup Final
Women's Ceremony
July 22, 2018
09:00-14:52 Men's Bowl Semi-finals
Men's Challenge Semi-finals
Men's Championship Cup Semi-finals
Men's 19th-24th Place Matches
Men's Bowl Final
15:02-16:30 Men's 11th-16th Place Matches
Men's Challenge Final
16:40-18:31 Men's 5th-8th Place Matches
Men's Bronze Medal Match
Men's Championship Cup Final
Men's Ceremony

Qualifying – Men[edit]

Twenty four teams participate in the men's World Cup Sevens. Nine teams automatically qualify — eight by reaching the quarterfinals at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens, and one host nation. Additionally, the top four teams not already qualified from the 2016–17 World Sevens Series also qualify. The remaining 11 teams qualify through continental qualifiers — two from each of the six regions, except North America which gets only one additional place.[9]

Qualifying Africa North America South America Asia Europe Oceania
 South Africa
 United States (Hosts)  England
 New Zealand (Holders)
2016–17 World
 Canada  Argentina  Scotland  Samoa
 Jamaica  Uruguay
 Hong Kong
 Papua New Guinea
Places (24)
4 3 3 2 6 6

Qualifying – Women[edit]

Sixteen teams play at the women's World Cup Sevens. Four teams automatically qualified by reaching the semifinals at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens. Additionally, the top four teams not already qualified from the 2016–17 Women's World Sevens Series also qualified. The remaining eight places will be filled via continental qualifiers.[9]

Africa North America South America Asia Europe Oceania
 United States (Hosts)
 Spain  New Zealand (Holders)
2016–17 World
 South Africa  Mexico  Brazil  China
 Papua New Guinea
Places (16)
1 3 1 2 5 4

Tournament – Men[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
Melrose Cup  New Zealand 33–12  England  South Africa (3)
5th Place  Argentina 33–7  United States  Scotland (7)
Challenge Trophy  Ireland 24–14  Australia  Wales (11)
13th Place  Samoa 22–17  Russia  Japan (15)
Bowl  Chile 20–7  Hong Kong  Uganda (19)
21st Place  Papua New Guinea 31–14  Tonga  Zimbabwe (23)

Tournament – Women[edit]

Event Winners Score Finalists Semi-finalists
World Cup  New Zealand 29–0  France  Australia (3)
 United States
5th Place  Spain 12–7  Ireland  Canada (7)
Challenge Trophy  England 31–5  Japan  Fiji (11)
13th Place  Brazil 22–0  South Africa  Papua New Guinea (15)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.rwcsevens.com/
  2. ^ USA Rugby announces "intent to tender" for IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 Archived April 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., USARugby.com, April 2, 2014.
  3. ^ 25 Unions vie to host Sevens World Series, IRB.com, March 3, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Wales bid for 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens". www.espn.co.uk. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  5. ^ San Francisco Tapped for RWC 7s Bid - Rugby Today, December 17, 2014
  6. ^ USA to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Worldrugby.com
  7. ^ "Logo and website launched for RWC Sevens 2018 in San Francisco" (Press release). World Rugby. September 14, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "San Jose knocked out of hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens". The Mercury News. April 7, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 qualification process". World Rugby. Retrieved September 15, 2016.