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Rugby Sevens

The History of Rugby Sevens in FISU

Rugby Sevens entered the programme of the FISU World University Championships in 2004 with a first edition organised in Beijing (CHN), which welcomed 159 rugby players from 9 countries. Since then, the number of participants has constantly grown, as well as the number of participating countries, reaching the record number of 273 participants from 17 countries at the 2010 edition hosted by the Portuguese University Sport Federation in Porto. The 5th World University Rugby 7 Championship was organised in the city of Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, one of the homelands of rugby.

FISU Regulations

The rugby seven’s tournaments will be organised in accordance with the most recent technical regulations of the International Rugby Board (IRB). In any dispute the English text will be regarded as authoritative. The programme and duration of the competitions are fixed by the Executive Committee in agreement with the Organising Committee and the CTI. The competitions will last three (3) days and will include:
One (1) men’s tournament
One (1) women’s tournament

Each country is authorised to enter a maximum of seventeen (17) persons: up to twelve (12) competitors and up to five (5) officials per team.

Minimum Requirements for Rugby Sevens

The Organising Committee must provide, for exclusive use, full support facilities as approved by the rugby seven’s CT. The IRB regulations must be followed.
Please refer to FISU REGS. SEC. F 112.26 to see the details about the number of days of competition and the number of teams competing.

Competition Facilities

Type of Venue

Number of Venues

Changing Room Competitors

Changing Room TOJR*

Spectator Seating

Press and Media Seating

Competition Venue for Men's Tournament

1

8

2+2

2,000

50

Competition Venue for Women's Tournament

1

8

2+2

1,000

50

Training Venues

6

-

-

-

-

 

*TOJR Technical Officials, Judges and Referees

 

The following conditions are required for each competition venue:

  • The playing field and the free zone (2m from side lines) make together the playing area.
  • A 3m wide free passageway around the free zone.
  • Light intensity must be between 1,000 and 1,500 lux measured 1m from the surface.
  • Synthetic floor covering approved by FISU and IRB or natural surface.
  • Electrical scoreboards according to FISU and IRB requirements.


The following conditions are required for each training facility:

  • Each training court must be at a team’s exclusive disposal for the duration of each training session.
  • The playing court and the free zone (2m from side lines) make together the playing area.
  • Light intensity must be between 1,000 and 1,500 lux measured 1m from the surface.
  • The surface in the playing area must be the same as the surface in the competition venue.

 

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