Rugby World Cup Sevens Coming to San Francisco July 20-22, 2018

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Rugby World Cup Sevens Coming to SF July 20-22, 2018

The San Francisco Bay Area will host Rugby World Cup Sevens on July 20-22, 2018, the first time a Rugby World Cup will be played on American soil. The premier stand-alone in international rugby sevens competition, Rugby World Cup Sevens is bringing fans together from around the globe and the region alike to celebrate one of the biggest sporting events in the world. 

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The San Francisco Bay Area will host Rugby World Cup Sevens on July 20-22, 2018, the first time a Rugby World Cup will be played on American soil. The premier stand-alone in international rugby sevens competition, Rugby World Cup Sevens is bringing fans together from around the globe and the region alike to celebrate one of the biggest sporting events in the world. 

Over the course of three days, country pride will be running high. With just seven minutes per half and seven players on the pitch, the tournament’s knockout match play means both high stakes and high displays of athleticism. This is the first time knockout-style play will be seen in a Rugby World Cup.

AT&T Park in San Francisco will play host to the event, which will feature the best teams from around the globe, with 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams in the hunt for the trophy. Competing nations will include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tonga, Uganda, Uruguay, United States of America, Wales and Zimbabwe. Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 will also be broadcast around the globe, and in the United States on the NBC Sports Network.

Organizers look to leave a legacy that extends beyond the stadium walls through USA Rugby’s Impact Beyond initiative. In partnership with Play Rugby USA, USA Rugby Academies and Playworks Northern California, Impact Beyond will be made available to schools, nonprofits and after-school programs across the Bay Area through lesson plans, and a series of events and tournaments. The curriculum strives to educate in three areas – inclusion, cultural appreciation and the skills of rugby – and is available at usarugby.org/impact-beyond. More than 80 Bay Area schools are participating in Impact Beyond, which will reach 20,000+ children by the time the tournament kicks off in July.

The tournament will kickoff with a free-to-the-public Welcome Ceremony on July 19 that will officially welcome the competing countries and their representative teams to San Francisco. Starting at 5:00 P.M. in Embarcadero Plaza – at the foot of San Francisco’s Market Street – the Welcome Ceremony will feature the men and women of the 40 competing teams. In addition to the welcome festivities, the event will begin with a special performance by a cast member from Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s hilarious pop culture musical revue, as well as feature a Cantonese Opera act.  

Tickets available now: www.rwcsevens.com/tickets.   

Event schedule:  www.rwcsevens.com/schedule

Qualified Men’s Teams (24):

Argentina / Australia / Canada / Chile / England / Fiji / France / Hong Kong / Ireland / Jamaica / Japan / Kenya / New Zealand / Papua New Guinea / Russia / Samoa / Scotland / South Africa / Tonga / Uganda / Uruguay / United States / Wales / Zimbabwe

Qualified Women’s Teams (16):

Australia / Brazil / Canada / China / England / Fiji / France / Ireland / Japan / Mexico / New Zealand / Papua New Guinea / Russia / South Africa / Spain / United States

Seedings: www.rwcsevens.com/seedings 

Media accreditation:  https://rwcsevens.pvitl.com/registration/media_accreditation_form. 

Rugby-related travel information: www.sftravel.com/rwcsevens 

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Fast Facts - Tournament:

Rugby World Cup Sevens coming to AT&T Park July 20-22

The Welcome Ceremony will be held at Embarcadero Plaza at 5pm on July 19

First time a Rugby World Cup will be played in the US

The tournament features knockout-style play for the first time, so every match counts

Friday, July 20 serves as qualifiers for both the men’s and women’s world titles

Saturday, July 21 will feature both men’s and women’s play, with the day culminating in the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens Finals

Sunday, July 22 will feature men’s play, culminating in the Men’s Rugby World Cup Sevens Finals

For fans watching to see the US men’s and women’s teams playing, you are guaranteed to see the women’s USA Eagles on Friday and Saturday, and the men’s USA Eagles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

Rugby is an emerging sport in the US and is rapidly growing!

Rugby Sevens is one of the most popular team sports in the world

The San Francisco Bay Area is the largest American rugby market in the country

Rugby Sevens is now the most popular club sport on American college campuses

Rugby World Cup Sevens is known for its annual pageantry and festival-like atmosphere, which is further facilitated by general admission seating

The tournament is knock-out style, so every match counts