2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens

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2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens
2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens logo.png
Tournament details
Host nation South Africa
VenueCape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Dates9 September – 11 September
No. of nations
  • 24 (men)
  • 16 (women)
Champions Gold medal blank.svg
Tournament statistics
Attendance105,000
Tries scored457
Points scored2,821
2018
2026

The 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens is the eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens organised by World Rugby. The 2022 tournament, comprising 24 men's and 16 women's teams as previously, is being played over three days in one venue in September. It is taking place at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa between 9 and 11 September 2022. It is the first ever Rugby World Cup Sevens in Africa. The dates were chosen to take into account in the Commonwealth Games tournament which took place in July the same year.[1]

Bidding[edit]

A record 11 unions formally expressed interest in hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022.[1] The unions were issued formal bid application documents by World Rugby and had to submit their responses by 16 July 2019.[1] South Africa was awarded the rights to host the tournament on 29 October 2019.[2]

Venue[edit]

The tournament took place at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town.

The 55,000-capacity stadium was the same venue that hosted the Cape Town Sevens since 2015, and for the first time that year hosted both men's and women's teams across three days of competition as part of the new-look World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 2022 tournament followed a Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco which attracted a record attendance for a rugby event in the USA of more than 100,000 fans, as well as a huge domestic broadcast audience of more than nine million viewers.[3] The 2018 event, hosted at AT&T Park, generated a US$90.5 million economic contribution to San Francisco (Nielsen Sport) and saw both New Zealand's men's and women's teams retain the title.

Cape Town
Location of 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens
Cape Town Stadium
Capacity: 55,000
Cape town stadium aerial view 1.jpg

Schedule[edit]

The tournament will be played for 3 days between 9 and 11 September.

Qualifying[edit]

Men[edit]

The eight quarter-finalists from the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens, including the 2022 tournament host South Africa, were automatic qualifiers.[4] The remaining 16 places were decided from the six continental championships.[4]

Region Automatic
qualifiers
Continental
qualifiers
Total
teams
Africa[a]  South Africa (hosts)  Uganda
 Zimbabwe
 Kenya
4
North America[b]  United States  Canada
 Jamaica
3
South America[c]  Argentina  Chile
 Uruguay
3
Asia[d]  Hong Kong
 South Korea
2
Europe[e]  England
 France
 Scotland
 Germany
 Ireland
 Portugal
 Wales
7
Oceania[f]  Fiji
 New Zealand (holders)
 Australia
 Samoa
 Tonga
5
Totals 8 16 24
Notes
  1. ^ Africa: The top three teams from the 2022 Africa Men's Sevens joined host nation South Africa at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
  2. ^ North America: The top two teams from the 2022 RAN Sevens Qualifiers joined automatic qualifier United States at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
  3. ^ South America: The top two teams from the 2021 Sudamérica Rugby Sevens joined automatic qualifier Argentina at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
  4. ^ Asia did not have an automatic qualifer for the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens but the top two teams from the 2021 Asia Rugby Sevens Series won qualifier berths.
  5. ^ Europe: The top four teams from the 2022 European Qualifier event joined automatic qualifiers England, France and Scotland at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
  6. ^ Oceania was not able to hold a qualifying tournament due to ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in 2021 and 2022. Fiji and New Zealand qualified automatically but the other three qualifiers were determined by placings in the World Rugby Sevens Series and Oceania Sevens.[5] No Oceania teams played in the 2021 World Series but Australia and Samoa were given qualifier berths at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens due to finishing 4th and 12th, respectively, in the 2020 World Series.[5] Tonga gained the final berth by placing 5th in the 2019 Oceania Sevens, which was the last continental championship contested by the majority of eligible unions.[5]

Women[edit]

The four semifinalists from the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens were automatic qualifiers, with South Africa also qualifying as host.[4] The remaining eleven places were decided from the six continental championships.[4]

Region Automatic
qualifiers
Continental
qualifiers
Total
teams
Africa[a]  South Africa (hosts)  Madagascar 2
North America[b]  United States  Canada 2
South America[c]  Brazil
 Colombia
2
Asia[d]  China
 Japan
2
Europe[e]  France  England
 Ireland
 Poland
 Spain
5
Oceania[f]  Australia
 New Zealand (holders)
 Fiji 3
Totals 5 11 16
Notes
  1. ^ Africa: The runner-up of the 2022 Africa Women's Sevens joined automatic qualifier South Africa (who won the tournament) at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
  2. ^ North America: The winner of the 2022 RAN Women's Sevens Qualifiers joined automatic qualifier United States at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
  3. ^ South America did not have an automatic qualifier but the top two teams from the 2021 Sudamérica Rugby Women's Sevens won qualifier berths.
  4. ^ Asia did not have an automatic qualifier but the top two teams from the 2021 Asia Rugby Women's Sevens Series won qualifier berths.
  5. ^ Europe: The top four teams from the 2022 European Qualifier event joined automatic qualifier France at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
  6. ^ Oceania was not able to hold a qualifying tournament due to ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in 2021 and 2022. While New Zealand and Australia qualified automatically, the third qualifier berth at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens was determined by the most recent placings in the World Rugby Series,[5] awarded to Fiji who finished seventh in the 2020 World Series.[5]

Tournament[edit]

Men[edit]

Women[edit]

Attendance[edit]

More than 105,000 spectators attended the three day tournament.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Record hosting interest for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 - HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series".
  2. ^ "South Africa to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022".
  3. ^ "Rugby World Cup Sevens: New Zealand wins historic title". CNN. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d "Qualifying". RWC Sevens. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Oceania Rugby confirms 2022 Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 Qualifiers". Oceania Rugby. 9 March 2022. Archived from the original on 14 March 2022.
  6. ^ "RECORD NUMBERS ATTENDED AFRICA'S FIRST EVER RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS IN CAPE TOWN". EWN. Retrieved 14 September 2022.

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