Pathway To Olympic Glory Confirmed

Miss Pass #9 Barrett Goes Boom

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

World Rugby, in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee, has announced the qualification procedure for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, 

As happened in 2016 in Rio de Janiero, the men's bracket and the women's bracket will each consist of 12 teams. The tournaments will be held July 27 to August 1, 2020 at Tokyo Stadium.

Japan’s men’s and women’s teams have secured automatic qualification as hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, leaving 11 places in each event to be filled through the qualification process.  Just as for Rio 2016, the top four teams in the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 will confirm their places in Tokyo.

An additional six teams will qualify through the men’s and women’s World Rugby regional association Olympic qualification tournaments. 


Regional association tournaments will take place in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America from June-December 2019. The top-ranked team from each regional tournament will secure qualification. 

The final opportunity for Olympic qualification will be at the World Rugby Olympic Repechage tournament. Twelve teams, comprising of the next two highest ranked teams based on 2019 regional qualification rankings from each region, will be invited to participate in these Olympic repechage tournaments. 

The repechage will take place at a time between the final regional qualification event and June 2020 with the overall winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments claiming the last available places for Tokyo 2020.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Rugby sevens’ inclusion in the Olympic Games has had a profound effect on the growth of the sport at all levels. As we enter another Olympic qualifying cycle, teams have everything to play for. 

“We are anticipating another thrilling HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and also expect the regional association qualification tournaments to be highly competitive. We look forward to following the fast-paced rugby sevens action across the season ahead as teams come within touching distance of Tokyo 2020 and securing another chance of Olympic glory.” 


Rugby sevens will again feature in the first week of competition with matches being played across six days of two sessions per day from July 27 to August 1.

In a reverse of the Rio 2016 format, the men’s competition will be played over the first three days, followed by the women’s over the final three days, with the medals to be determined on the iconic ‘Super Saturday’.

Sevens made an impressive Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016 with Australia’s women claiming the first rugby gold medal since the 1924 Games and Fiji’s men winning their nation’s first-ever Olympic medal, with a historic gold that captured hearts around the world.

Following the sport’s successful introduction, recent Nielsen research has estimated that the rugby sevens fan-base grew by more than 30 million as a result, expanding international reach, with emerging markets such as USA, China, India and Brazil showing substantial growth.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series begins with the first round of the women’s series in Glendale, CO on 20-21 October.

Eagles Make Squad Changes For Home ARC Games

Eagle Watch: Where Is Mike Te'o?

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

AUSTIN, T. - The USA Men’s Eagles have announced changes to the full squad for the final three rounds of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 taking place on home soil. 

Lasike Suspension Reduced, Can Play Against Brazil

null

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

USA center Paul Lasike has successfully appealed his initial sanction by World Rugby and has received a one-week suspension for the stamping incident in the USA vs Argentina XV game.

Dan Carter To Return To Racing 92

Former All Blacks fly-half and double World Cup winner Dan Carter will rejoin Racing 92 in March to "win the European Champions Cup," the only competition he's yet to win, club owner Jacky Lorenzetti said on Sunday.

PRP Roundup: League Tightens Up At Top

null

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

Life West remains atop the Pacific Rugby Premiership after beating the Glendale Merlins Saturday, but the chase is on to catch the Gladiators.

Gaels Hammer Cougars In The Slop

Saint Mary's rode a strong defensive effort to defeat BYU 34-12 in a clash between two Top 10 D1A teams seen live on Florugby.

Laidlaw Leads Clermont To Top

Scotland scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw scored 20 points to help Clermont return to the number one spot in the Top 14 after thumping Bordeaux-Begles 40-15.

Life Holds Off Arkansas State

New USA Callup Duncan Van Schalkwyk

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

Life University defeated Arkansas State 27-13 Saturday to move to 2-0 in the Mid-South D1A conference in a game seen live on FloRugby.

Massive D1A Weekend: Notes And Picks

null

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

We've already made it plain that this is a pretty exciting weekend for D1A college rugby, and so it is. 

Front Row Power Key To Life-Arkansas State Clash

null

0:00
0:00 / 0:00

Watch the scrum during Saturday's Arkansas State vs LIfe, because it could be where the game is won and lost.

15 Games And A Live Show To Watch This Weekend

FloRugby will show 15 live games plus a live show this weekend for rugby fans.