Rugby sevens at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's qualification

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Twelve teams qualify for men's rugby sevens at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Japan automatically qualifies as host, with the top four teams of the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series securing their spots. Afterwards, qualification is determined with each of the six continental confederations determining a representative, and the remaining qualification spot determined through an international sevens tournament to be determined.[1][2]

Table[edit]

Event Dates Location Quotas Qualifier
Host 7 September 2013 N/A 1  Japan
2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series 30 November 2018 – 2 June 2019 Various 4  Fiji
 United States
 New Zealand
 South Africa
2019 South American Qualifying Tournament 29–30 June 2019 Chile Santiago 1  Argentina
2019 RAN Sevens 6–7 July 2019 Cayman Islands George Town 1  Canada
2019 European Qualifying Tournament 13–14 July 2019 France Colomiers 1  Great Britain
2019 Oceania Sevens Championship 7–9 November 2019 Fiji Suva 1  Australia
2019 Africa Men's Sevens 8–9 November 2019 South Africa Johannesburg 1  Kenya
2019 Asian Qualifying Tournament 23–24 November 2019 South Korea Incheon 1  South Korea
2020 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament TBD TBD 1
Total 12

2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series[edit]

As a principal route for the tournament, four places were determined by performance in the series over ten tournaments.[3]

2018–19 Core Teams
Pos
Event 
Team

Dubai

Cape Town

Ham­ilton

Sydney

Las Vegas

Van­couver

Hong Kong

Singa­pore

London

Paris
Points
total
1  Fiji 13 22 22 15 12 17 22 19 22 22 186
2  United States 19 19 19 19 22 15 17 15 17 15 177
3  New Zealand 22 15 17 22 17 13 12 12 13 19 162
4  South Africa 12 17 15 13 10 22 10 22 10 17 148
5  England[a] 17 13 8 17 13 12 10 17 2 5 114
6  Samoa 8 7 12 3 19 10 15 13 8 12 107
7  Australia 15 10 10 12 10 8 5 10 19 5 104
8  France 7 5 2 10 1 19 19 8 15 13 99
9  Argentina 10 8 5 8 15 10 13 10 5 10 94
10  Scotland[a] 10 10 13 1 8 5 8 7 7 3 72
11  Canada 5 5 10 5 3 7 1 5 10 8 59
12  Spain 5 12 5 10 7 3 3 2 1 1 49
13  Kenya 1 3 7 1 5 1 5 3 1 10 37
14  Wales[a] 3 2 1 5 2 5 2 5 5 1 31
15  Japan 2 1 1 7 1 2 7 1 3 2 27
  • Notes:
  1. ^ a b c By agreement between the three unions on the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), England, as highest finisher among those nations in the 2017–18 series, represented Great Britain in qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Sevens.[4] The final make-up of the Great Britain men's team was determined by the British Olympic Association.

Africa[edit]

Rugby Africa held the 2019 Africa Men's Sevens on 9–10 November 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa,[5] with 2018 regional tournaments serving as a qualifier for the final tournament.[6] Title winners Kenya gained direct entry to the Olympic Games, while Uganda and Zimbabwe progressed to the final qualifying stage. South Africa had already qualified through a top 4 finish in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Round 1 teams
Pool A
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Zimbabwe 3 3 0 0 81 19 +62 9
 Madagascar 3 2 0 1 93 43 +50 7
 Zambia 3 1 0 2 47 59 –12 5
 Nigeria 3 0 0 3 19 119 –100 3
Pool B
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Kenya 3 3 0 0 107 7 +100 9
 Uganda 3 2 0 1 94 53 +41 7
 Namibia 3 1 0 2 55 87 –32 5
 Senegal 3 0 0 3 31 140 –109 3
Knockout round
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
9 November – 13:00 – Bosman Stadium
 
 
 Zimbabwe12
 
9 November – Bosman Stadium
 
 Uganda21
 
 Uganda0
 
9 November – 13:22 – Bosman Stadium
 
 Kenya29
 
 Kenya40
 
 
 Madagascar14
 
Third place
 
 
9 November – Bosman Stadium
 
 
 Zimbabwe24
 
 
 Madagascar7

Asia[edit]

Asia Rugby held a tournament on 23–24 November 2019 in Incheon, South Korea.[7] The tournament winners South Korea gained direct entry to the Olympic Games, while Hong Kong and China progressed to the final qualifying stage. Japan had already qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics as host.

Pool A
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Hong Kong 2 2 0 0 108 0 +108 6
 Malaysia 2 1 0 1 26 73 –47 4
 Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 2 19 80 –61 2
Pool B
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 China 2 2 0 0 59 27 +32 6
 Philippines 2 1 0 1 36 38 –2 4
 Singapore 2 0 0 2 24 54 –30 2
Pool C
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 South Korea 2 2 0 0 63 7 +56 6
 Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1 33 49 –16 4
 Afghanistan 2 0 0 2 5 45 –40 2
Knockout round
 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
24 November – 10:00 – Namdong Asiad Stadium
 
 
 South Korea32
 
24 November – 14:14 – Namdong Asiad Stadium
 
 Malaysia7
 
 South Korea12
 
24 November – 10:22 – Namdong Asiad Stadium
 
 China7
 
 China50
 
24 November – 17:30 – Namdong Asiad Stadium
 
 Singapore5
 
 South Korea12
 
24 November – 10:44 – Namdong Asiad Stadium
 
 Hong Kong7
 
 Sri Lanka17
 
24 November – 14:36 – Namdong Asiad Stadium
 
 Philippines24
 
 Philippines0
 
24 November – 11:06 – Namdong Asiad Stadium
 
 Hong Kong26 Third place
 
 Hong Kong38
 
24 November – 17:04 – Namdong Asiad Stadium
 
 Afghanistan0
 
 China19
 
 
 Philippines14
 

Europe[edit]

Rugby Europe held a tournament on 13–14 July 2019 in Colomiers, France.[8]

Teams competing in the tournament included:

England won the tournament, meaning that Great Britain qualified for the 2020 Olympics. The second and third placed teams, France and Ireland, qualified for the inter-continental tournament for the last available slot.

Pool A
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 86 15 +71 9
 Italy 3 2 0 1 63 46 +17 7
 Portugal 3 1 0 2 64 29 +35 5
 Hungary 3 0 0 3 0 123 –123 3
Pool B
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 104 22 +82 8
 Ireland 3 2 1 0 110 31 +79 8
 Russia 3 1 0 2 54 106 –52 5
 Ukraine 3 0 0 3 12 121 –109 3
Pool C
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 England 3 3 0 0 97 14 +83 9
 Germany 3 2 0 1 64 59 +5 7
 Georgia 3 1 0 2 52 57 –5 5
 Lithuania 3 0 0 3 19 102 –83 3
Knockout stage
 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
14 July – 11:00 – Stade Michel Bendichou
 
 
 France28
 
14 July – 14:59 – Stade Michel Bendichou
 
 Georgia0
 
 France19
 
14 July – 12:06 – Stade Michel Bendichou
 
 Ireland12
 
 Ireland21
 
14 July – 18:11 – Stade Michel Bendichou
 
 Germany0
 
 France7
 
14 July – 11:22 – Stade Michel Bendichou
 
 England31
 
 Spain5
 
14 July – 15:21 – Stade Michel Bendichou
 
 Portugal14
 
 Portugal12
 
14 July – 11:44 – Stade Michel Bendichou
 
 England29 Third place
 
 England35
 
14 July – 17:46 – Stade Michel Bendichou
 
 Italy0
 
 Ireland26
 
 
 Portugal10
 

North America[edit]

Rugby Americas North held the 2019 RAN Sevens on 6–7 July 2019 at George Town, Cayman Islands.[9] Canada won the tournament and gained direct entry to the Olympics. The second and third placed teams, Jamaica and Mexico, progressed to the final qualifying stage to play for the last available slot. The United States qualified through a top 4 finish in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Pool A
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Canada 3 3 0 0 151 5 +146 9
 Mexico 3 2 0 1 60 61 –1 6
 Bermuda 3 1 0 2 17 101 –84 3
 Barbados 3 0 0 3 27 88 –61 0
Pool B
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Jamaica 3 3 0 0 111 12 +99 9
 Trinidad and Tobago 3 2 0 1 43 39 +4 6
 Cayman Islands 3 1 0 2 24 78 –54 3
 Guyana 3 0 0 3 26 75 –49 0
Knockout stage
 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
7 July – 9:30 – Truman Bodden Sports Complex
 
 
 Canada47
 
7 July – 12:48 – Truman Bodden Sports Complex
 
 Guyana5
 
 Canada55
 
7 July – 9:52 – Truman Bodden Sports Complex
 
 Bermuda0
 
 Trinidad and Tobago5
 
7 July – 16:30 – Truman Bodden Sports Complex
 
 Bermuda7
 
 Canada40
 
7 July – 10:14 – Truman Bodden Sports Complex
 
 Jamaica5
 
 Mexico12
 
7 July – 13:10 – Truman Bodden Sports Complex
 
 Cayman Islands7
 
 Mexico7
 
7 July – 10:36 – Truman Bodden Sports Complex
 
 Jamaica24 Third place
 
 Jamaica24
 
7 July – 17:14 – Truman Bodden Sports Complex
 
 Barbados10
 
 Bermuda0
 
 
 Mexico50
 

Oceania[edit]

Oceania Rugby held the 2019 Oceania Sevens Championship on 7–9 November 2019 at Suva, Fiji.[10] The tournament included Japan as an invited team. Australia won the Oceania title and gained direct entry to the Olympics. As the next highest placing eligible teams not already qualified, Samoa and Tonga progressed to the final qualifying stage to play for the last available slot. Fiji and New Zealand had previously qualified through a top 4 finish in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Pool A
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Fiji 4 4 0 0 175 15 +160 12 Advance to title playoffs
2  Japan 4 3 0 1 98 45 +53 10 Advance to title playoffs
3  New Zealand 4 2 0 2 124 38 +86 8 Middle classification
4  New Caledonia 4 1 0 3 17 180 –163 6 Lower classification
5  Niue 4 0 0 4 7 143 –136 4 Fifteenth place
Pool B
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Samoa 4 4 0 0 156 7 +149 12 Advance to title playoffs
2  Papua New Guinea 4 3 0 1 77 50 +27 10 Fifth place match
3  Solomon Islands 4 2 0 2 45 88 –43 8 Middle classification
4  Cook Islands 4 1 0 3 50 88 –38 6 Middle classification
5  Tuvalu 4 0 0 4 24 119 –95 4 Lower classification
Pool C
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 4 4 0 0 201 7 +194 12 Advance to title playoffs
2  Tonga 4 3 0 1 97 44 +53 10 Fifth place match
3  American Samoa 4 2 0 2 41 116 –75 8 Middle classification
4  Vanuatu 4 1 0 3 43 119 –76 6 Lower classification
5  Nauru 4 0 0 4 33 129 –96 4 Lower classification
Title playoffs
International playoffOceania final
      
9 November 2019 – 16.14 – ANZ Stadium
A1
 Fiji
33
 
9 November 2019 – 19.50 – ANZ Stadium
 
 
 Fiji7
 
 
 Australia22
 
A2
 Japan
0

Olympic qualifier

9 November 2019 – 16.36 – ANZ Stadium
B1
 Samoa
12
Third place
C1
 Australia
19
9 November 2019 – 18.57 – ANZ Stadium
 Japan26
 Samoa21
Fifth place match
9 November 2019 – 17.20 – ANZ Stadium
 Papua New Guinea0
 Tonga31

South America[edit]

Sudamérica Rugby held a tournament on 29–30 June 2019 in Santiago, Chile.[11] The tournament winners Argentina gained direct entry to the Olympic Games, while Brazil and Chile progressed to the final qualifying stage.

Pool A
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Argentina 4 4 0 0 184 5 +179 12
 Paraguay 4 3 0 1 74 64 +10 10
 Colombia 4 2 0 2 80 26 +54 8
 Peru 4 1 0 3 47 130 –83 6
 Guatemala 4 0 0 4 29 146 –117 4
Pool B
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Brazil 4 4 0 0 148 22 +126 12
 Chile 4 3 0 1 146 19 +127 10
 Uruguay 4 2 0 2 106 61 +45 8
 Costa Rica 4 1 0 3 24 180 –156 6
 Venezuela 4 0 0 4 26 168 –142 4
Knockout stage
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
30 June 2019 – 15:48 – Old Grangonian Club
 
 
 Argentina35
 
30 June 2019 – 19:04 – Old Grangonian Club
 
 Chile0
 
 Argentina26
 
30 June 2019 – 16:10 – Old Grangonian Club
 
 Brazil0
 
 Brazil14
 
 
 Paraguay12
 
Third place
 
 
30 June 2019 – 18:42 – Old Grangonian Club
 
 
 Chile43
 
 
 Paraguay0

Final Olympic qualification event[edit]

A 12-team repechage tournament was scheduled to be held from 20–21 June 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new venue and date for the tournament has yet to be announced. Two runners-up from each of the six continental qualification tournaments will play, with the winner advancing to the Olympic tournament.[12]

Continent Qualifiers
Africa  Uganda
 Zimbabwe
Asia  China
 Hong Kong
Europe  France
 Ireland
North America  Jamaica
 Mexico
Oceania  Samoa
 Tonga
South America  Brazil
 Chile
Total 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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