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a little history...
History tells us that in 1883 a Scottish butcher and rugby player, a certain Ned Haig, suggested that a planned fifteen man tournament might be easier on his club's budget if fewer players would play more matches, albeit of shorter duration. Almost a century later, in Asia, Rugby Sevens made its first big international splash with the Hong Kong Sevens. For 21 years now, this great tournament has brought together national sides from Asia, Oceania, Europe and America, all the while providing a stage for the emergence of new rugby powers such as the brilliant team from the Fiji Islands.
The seven rules of Sevens
- Sevens Rugby uses the same rules as those of the international Rugby Football Board for the 15 man game. The playing surface is the same.
- Matches are composed of 2 half times of seven minutes.Only the finals are played for longer periods, 2 half times of 10 minutes.
- A rugby side is formed of seven players ( 3 forwards, a scrum half and 3 backs), plus three replacements.
- Lineouts bring together 2 players from each team.
- Scrums are composed of 3 players from each team,which must remain linked until the ball leaves the scrum.
- Transformations and penalties are performed as drop kicks.
- The team which scores put the ball back into play with a drop kick from the center of the field.
An intense and thrilling show
Sevens rugby is rightly called "maxi-rugby" for its impressive accelerations, its long passes, and the sharp, cutting runs of its players. For proof, look at powerful rugby nations like France, England and Wales that at times have suffered crushing defeats at the hands of Asian or South Pacific sides prepared to physical and technical perfection for this highly offensive spectacle
The wonderful parade May 27th and 28th 2000, Paris will be the worldwide capital of rugby :
- 184 players from all over the world, and from the best sevens teams of the world.
- 41 matches and 16 hours of non-stop rugby!