This is rugby with wings on!
Fast and furiously paced, the games are much shorter and only last around 15 minutes in total. This allows a Sevens competition to be completed in a weekend.
The Rugby World Cup Sevens was held every 4 years. However Sevens Rugby has now been included in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero so this will probably replace the next Sevens World Cup.
Prior to that there are many rounds of the IRB Sevens World Series.
IRB Sevens World Series currently includes:
- Australia - Gold Coast Sevens
- Dubai Sevens
- South Africa Sevens
- New Zealand Wellington Sevens
- USA Sevens - Las Vegas
- Hong Kong Sevens
- Japan Sevens - Tokyo
- Scotland Sevens - Glasgow
- England London Sevens
There are 12 "core teams" for the 2011-2012 season, based on performance in previous tournaments.
These are Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, United States (replaced Canada) and Wales. Extra teams are invited according to the number of games to be played in each tournament.
Sevens Rugby has been included in the Commonwealth Games in the past and may be again in the future.