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A Beginner’s Guide to Rugby Sevens

A Beginner's Guide to Rugby Sevens

The clue is in the name. Take two teams of seven and watch them take rugby to warp speed. In rugby sevens the action is relentless. Sprints, tries and tackles come thick and fast, and the crowd responds with an enthusiasm that’s contagious.

What’s It All About?

In rugby sevens the rules have been changed to create a shorter, faster version of rugby union.

Games take place between two teams for a total of seven minutes each way, with a one minute break at half time. In the final, this increases to 10 minutes each way with a two minute break.

The winners are the team who score the most points. A try is worth five points; a conversion is worth two points; and a dropped goal or a penalty is worth three points.

Why You’ll Love It

This is movie trailer rugby – all the best highlights wrapped up in a thrilling high-speed package.

Rugby sevens is very much a team sport with speed, skill and stamina required from every player. With just fourteen players on the pitch, everyone has to muck in – the athletes are exposed and as a result will be giving it 100% at all times.

The Commonwealth is home to some of the world’s greatest rugby-playing nations and so the quality of play is going to be first-class at Glasgow 2014.

Rugby Sevens Pub Quiz Round

  • Rugby sevens was invented in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.
  • New Zealand has won every Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens competition that has been contested – four in all.
  • The goal posts are 5.6 metres wide and the cross-bar is 3m from the ground.

Blag the Banter

  • Try – the main method of scoring points, achieved when a player places the ball on or over the goal-line in the opposition’s half.
  • Conversion – when a team scores a try, they have an opportunity to convert it for two further points by kicking the ball through the goal (above the crossbar).
  • Drop goal – scored when the ball passes through the goal posts without making contact with the ground.


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