Sevens in the 2016 Olympics

On October, 9 2009, the IOC Session in Copenhagen voted almost unanimously to add Rugby Sevens to the Sporting program of the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

See the full article from the IRB

 Team USA  - As rugby will not be in the 2012 Olympics, Team USA will not include information on the rugby program until after the 2012 Summer Olympics close. 

About Sevens

Sevens is a fast paced version of Union rugby. Rugby sevens was initially conceived in 1883 by two butchers from Melrose, Scotland, a rural town in the Scottish Borderlands, as a fund-raising event for their local club, the Melrose RFC. The first ever sevens match was played at the Greenyards, the Melrose ground, where it was well received. The Melrose Sevens are still played to this day!

There are several variations of the rules which apply to Rugby Sevens, primarily to speed up the game and to account for the reduced number of players. The main changes can be summarised as follows:

  • Seven players per team on field (instead of 15)
  • Five substitutes, with only three interchanges (instead of 7 and 7)
  • Seven minute halves, though ten minute halves are allowed in the final of a competition (instead of forty minute halves)
  • One minute half-time, two minutes in finals (instead of ten minutes)
  • Matches drawn after regulation are continued into Extra Time, in 5-minute periods
  • All conversion attempts must be drop-kicked (instead of having the option to place-kick)
  • Conversions must be taken within 40 seconds of scoring a try (instead of 60 seconds)
  • Three player scrums (instead of eight players)
  • Kick-offs: in sevens, the team which has just scored kicks off, rather than the conceding team, as in fifteen-a-side
  • Yellow cards net a 2-minute suspension (instead of 10 minutes)

2014 Charlotte 7's Season Review

In 2014 Charlotte RFC made an impressive return to the regional 7's circuit.  After going several years without an organized 7's effort the club determined that it was the right time to harness the positive momentum from their 15's season, and use that as the driving force behind the successful re-launch of their competitive 7's program.  Graciously sponsored by Charlotte Old Boy, Billy De Rosa, owner of SilverDuck Tree Banding LLC, the team accomplished more than it could have hoped for in 2014.
Over the summer the club participated in the following regional tournaments;
"Memorial Day 7's" - Charleston, SC (5/24)
"Airborne 7's" - Fayetteville, NC (5/31)
"Blue Plum 7's - Johnson City, TN (6/7)
"Midnight 7's" - Atlanta, GA (6/14)
"NC Powerade State Games" - Charlotte, NC (6/28)
"Cape Fear 7's" - Wilmington, NC (7/6)
"Beer City 7's" - Asheville, NC (7/19)
On the way to collecting three Cup Championships (NC Powerade State Games, Cape Fear Divisional Title & Beer City 7's) the club amassed an impressive cumulative record of (33-1-7), and achieved the very rare feat of advancing into the Cup Finals at every tournament the entered.
The team's strong performance was rewarded with an invitation to compete at the South Championships being held in New Orleans on the weekend of July 19th.  By finishing in third place at the South Championships, in only their first year back in competitive 7's, the club exceeded all expectations!

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