July 10, 2018

What You Need To Know About Rugby 7s

If you didn’t already know, the Rugby Sevens World Cup is taking place in San Francisco from the 20th to the 22nd of July. There will be 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams competing in it. Of course, Ireland will have two teams taking part and here at Intersport Elverys we have great hopes (as their main sponsor) that both teams can do very well.

The majority of people are familiar with the rules of the traditional 15s game, but do you know the rules of the sevens game? If not, you’re in luck. We are going to tell you. If you already know them, then why not read on anyway to jolt your memory.

There are several variations in laws 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:

  • There are 7 players per team on field instead of 15.
  • Five substitutes, with five interchanges, instead of seven and seven.
  • Each half consists of 7 minutes, opposed to 40-minute halves, in fifteen-a-side game.
  • There is a maximum of two minutes half-time, instead of ten minutes.
  • Any match that finishes level at full time are continued into sudden-death extra time, in multiple 5-minute periods. But ends when the 1st points are scored.
  • All conversion attempts must be drop-kicked instead of having the option to place-kick.
  • Conversions must be taken within 30 seconds of scoring a try being scored. Before 2016, the limit had been 40 seconds.
  • Three players compete in the scrum.
  • For kick offs in sevens, the team which has just scored kicks off, rather than the conceding team, as in fifteen-a-side.
  • Yellow cards results in a 2-minute sin binning for the offender.
  • Referees decide on advantage quickly, when one play usually ends advantage.
  • In major competitions, there are additional officials present (in-goal touch judges) to judge success of kicks at goals, which means the game is not delayed waiting for touch judges to move into position to judge conversion attempts.
  • Player positions are important, but mostly in terms of set pieces. In open play, it is very much take up the best position on the field that suits the play.

Now that you are familiar with the rules, why not follow how the Irish teams progress in the Sevens World Cup. Follow the Intersport Elverys Social Media channels for build-up to the World Cup and game updates during the tournament.

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