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Brazil, Germany and Russia have all formally bid to host the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2013, the last tournament to be staged before it makes way for the sport's Olympic debut at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The interest in the event, which will feature 24 men's and 16 women's teams playing over three days of competition, from countries not among the traditional group of rugby nations is proof that the sport's inclusion in the Olympics is already having a positive effect, officials from the International Rugby Board (IRB) claim.

Bernard Lapasset, the President of the IRB, said: "This announcement means that the tournament is guaranteed to break new ground as it will be hosted by a new territory, demonstrating rugby sevens' growing global appeal.

"With the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 to look forward to, rugby sevens is certainly on a high.

"The fact that three new nations from South America and Europe are committed to tendering for Rugby World Cup Sevens is a further representation of the global prestige and growth of a tournament that is a major event on the sporting calendar and one that is cost-effective to host."

Brazil will start as the early favourites to host an event that would be an ideal dress rehearsal for the Olympics.

Its women's team qualified for this year's World Cup in Dubai - the first time a side from Brazil of either sex had reached a major tournament - and with the Brazilian Rugby Union having secured funding from the Government since Rio was awarded the Olympics and sevens was introduced into the Games the sport is set for further major development.

The number of clubs in the country has already doubled from 30 to 60 in the two months since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Copenhagen.

The host country for World Cup will be selected by the IRB's ruling Council at its meeting in May 2010.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php?op...d=1:latest-news

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It sure would be a good test event for Brazil. But three years before the gams, and with a FIFA WC to go anyway, possibly a bit superfluous. I think Germany or Russia should get the final standalone Rugby 7s WC, with Rio getti9ng the first Olympic version anyway.

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Thursday 18 February 2010

The International Rugby Board has today confirmed that Russia has formally submitted its tender for the right to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013.

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The two other bidding Unions, the Confederação Brasileira de Rugby and the Deutscher Rugby Verband, have confirmed their withdrawal from the process.

The Confederação Brasileira de Rugby has confirmed to the IRB that it has reluctantly withdrawn from the tender process. This will enable the Union to focus on the development of a new six-year strategic plan aimed at reaching out to communities across Brazil to ensure that both the men's and women's national sides will be competitive at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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The IRB will now review in detail the Rugby Union of Russia tender submission and the Host Union for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will be selected by the IRB Council at its May 2010 meeting.

http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/mediazone/pressrelease/newsid=2036008.html#russia+highlights+plans+with+rwc+sevens

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IRB awards 2013 Rugby WCup Sevens to Russia as sport prepares for Olympic return

By The Associated Press (CP) – 44 minutes ago

LONDON — Russia will host the next Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2013, three years before the sport returns to the Olympics.

The event, announced on Wednesday by the International Rugby Board, will be the biggest rugby tournament to be staged by Russia, which also makes its debut at the 15-man World Cup in New Zealand next year.

The sixth World Cup Sevens will include 24 men's and 16 women's teams, and the IRB said it would provide an indication of which nations will be the leading contenders for Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Although rugby was in the Olympics until 1924, it is returning as a seven-a-side sport.

Wales and Australia won the men's and women's titles last year in Dubai.

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2013 RWC 7s Regional Qualifier

The regional qualifier for the 2013 RWC Sevens Finals will take place at Twin Elms Rugby Park, Ottawa, Canada on August 25th & 26th 2012. Two teams will qualifier for finals to be held in Russia from the Men's tournament and one from the Women's tournament. The USA Women's team has already qualified for finals due to their performance at the previous RWC Sevens in Dubai.

Canada and the USA will be strong favourites in the men's tournament, though may face a stiff challenge from 6 times Caribbean champions Guyana who compete in the Hong Kong Sevens in March 2012. Other men's teams participating include Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and St Vincent and The Grenadines.

In the Women's tournament Canada start as favourites to go through and will face competition from the likes of Guyana, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Barbados, St Vincent and The Grenadines and the current leading Caribbean women's team, Trinidad & Tobago.

http://www.nawira.co...onal-qualifier/

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RWC Sevens 2013 - men's qualifying

Nine teams have directly qualified for RWC Sevens 2013.

Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, England, Russia, Wales, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa

There are a further 15 available qualification spots, making a total of 24 teams in the men's competition.

Europe - July 20-21, Albufeira, Portugal (5 places - Portugal, Spain, France, Georgia and Scotland)

Oceania - August 25-26, Sydney, Australia (2 places)

North America/Caribbean - August 25-26, Ottawa, Canada (2 places)

Africa - September 28-30, Marrakech, Morocco (2 places)

Asia - November 2-3, Singapore (3 places)

South America - February 23-24, Rio de Janeiro (1 place)

RWC Sevens 2013 - women's qualifying

Five teams directly qualified for RWC Sevens 2013

South Africa, USA, Russia, New Zealand and Australia

RWC Sevens 2013 Qualifiers by Region

Europe - June 30-July 1, Moscow, Russia (5 places - England, Spain, France, Netherlands and Ireland)

Oceania - August 3-4, Lautoka, Fiji (1 place*)

North America/Caribbean - August 25-26, Ottawa, Canada (1 place)

Africa - September 29-30, Casblanca, Morocco (1 place)

Asia - October 6-7, Pune, India (3 places*)

South America - February 23-24, Rio de Janeiro (1 place)

*The best-placed team in Oceania outside of Australia and New Zealand will compete in Asia qualifier and compete for one of the three spots available through the Asia qualifier taking place in October in India.

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Qantas Men's Sevens to fight for World Cup spot this weekend at North Sydney Oval

The Qantas Men’s Sevens team are preparing for this weekend’s Oceania Sevens Championships in the hope of securing a place at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia.

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Australia will face the Solomon Islands, American Samoa and Tonga in pool play on Day 1 before entering the play-offs on Sunday.

Needing to qualify in the top three to secure their place at The Rugby World Cup Sevens the Qantas Men’s Sevens will be out to ensure they leave nothing to chance.

New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa have already qualified for the Rugby World Cup Sevens meaning only two spots from this weekend’s Oceania tournament remain.

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Oceania Sevens Championship 2012 day one results:

Papua New Guinea 24-12 Cook Islands

Samoa 47-0 Tahiti

Tonga 7-14 American Samoa

Australia 47-0 Solomon Islands

Papua New Guinea 64-0 Tahiti

Samoa 26-24 Cook Islands

Tonga 33-7 Solomon Islands

Australia 22-7 American Samoa

Cook Islands 66-0 Tahiti

Samoa 46-12 Papua New Guinea

American Samoa 34-12 Solomon Islands

Australia 45-0 Tonga

Day two fixtures:

13. 11:00 - Samoa v Solomon Islands

14. 11:22 - Papua New Guinea v Tonga

15. 11:44 - Cook Islands v American Samoa

16. 12:06 - Tahiti v Australia

17. 12:37 - Loser Match 13 v Loser Match 15

18. 12:59 - Loser Match 14 v Loser Match 16

19. 13:21 - Winner Match 13 v Winner Match 15

20. 13:43 - Winner Match 14 v Winner Match 16

21. 14:14 - 7th v 8th playoff – Loser Match 17 v Loser Match 18

22. 14:36 - 5th v 6th playoff – Winner Match 17 v Winner Match 18

23. 14:58 - 3rd v 4th playoff – Loser Match 19 v Loser Match 20

24. 15:20 - Final – Winner Match 19 v Winner Match 20

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Australia and Tonga have become the latest nations to qualify for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow after safely negotiating the Oceania regional qualifier in Sydney this weekend. They will join the region’s automatic qualifiers New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa in Russia from 28-30 June next year.

The Australians delighted the home crowd by beating defending champions Samoa 12-7 in the Oceania Sevens final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday, while Tonga finished third after a tight battle with the Cook Islands.

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The Canadian men’s and women’s sevens sides will head to the 2013 Rugby World Cup in Moscow as defending regional champs after posting championship victories Sunday in Ottawa.

The men’s team capped a perfect tournament with a hotly contested 26-19 win over the U.S. in the North America Caribbean Rugby Association final at Twin Elm Park.

Canada took an early lead, but the Americans fought their way to a 19-19 tie before Sean Duke stripped the ball, broke a tackle and ran the length of the pitch to break the deadlock with under two minutes remaining.

Canada held on for the win, marking their fourth straight victory over the Americans. Canada and the U.S. both earn berths to the 2013 World Cup.

Earlier, the Canadian women clinched the only World Cup berth available at the Ottawa event with a 46-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago. The American women, having already qualified for the World Cup, did not compete in the Ottawa event.

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RWC Sevens 2013 - women's qualifying

Fiji, China and Japan have booked their places at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 after safely negotiating the Asian Women’s Sevens Championship to leave only one place remaining at the showpiece in Moscow from 28-30 June.

That will be filled by the winner of the South American Championship, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro in February, a place Brazil will be favourites to claim on home soil given their dominance of Women’s Rugby in the region.

Fiji were crowned champions, the South Sea Islanders proving simply too strong for the Asian teams after earning their place in this qualifier by finishing as the best team behind New Zealand and Australia at the Oceania Sevens in August.

An impressive team performance saw Fiji beat China 15-0 in the final with Asinate Ufia Savu opening the score before two late tries by Rusila Nagasau and Lavenia Tinai made certain of victory at the Shivchatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, India.

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IRB: Empty Seats May Afflict Moscow World Cup Sevens

MOSCOW, October 24 (RIA Novosti) - Organizers may struggle to sell all the tickets to the World Cup Sevens in Moscow next year, the chief executive of the International Rugby Board said Wednesday.

Russia will host its first major rugby tournament when the World Cup Sevens takes place at Moscow’s 78,360-capacity Luzhniki stadium in June.

Russia’s national football team and major club sides rarely sell out the stadium, which hosted the 1980 Olympics, leading to concerns that a minority sport such as rugby may attract even fewer spectators.

“There’s a possibility that the stadium could maybe not be completely full,” IRB chief executive Brett Gosper said.

“It is a bold and ambitious project to fill a stadium as big as this stadium, but we feel there is a real novelty factor around this event, there is a very special atmosphere around this event, it’s a family atmosphere, it’s a fun atmosphere.”

Business has been brisk since tickets for the event last month, Russian Rugby Federation president Vyacheslav Kopiev said.

“There are 2,500 tickets sold already and 27,000 tickets ordered,” he said, adding that he expected a final total of 10,000 tickets to be bought by foreign fans.

As with other major sporting events in Russia such as the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2008 Champion League football final, plans are being made to ease Russia’s strict visa system to allow fans to attend more easily.

“We’re not sure yet what the simplified mechanisms will be, but we’ve had assurances from the federal authorities that there will be a loosening or an easing of those procedures,” Gosper said, adding that talks with Russian officials had been positive.

“We can’t announce anything on that front, but we’re encouraged by the conversations we had yesterday.”

Gosper said he did not believe rugby sevens' raucous crowd atmosphere would be hurt by Russian laws banning alcohol at sports events.

"We don't think that you need alcohol to have that festive atmosphere. There's going to be a lot of music, a day of great rugby."

Kopiev added that he had been told by officials that fans may be able to receive a visa at the Russian border, a change from typical procedures requiring potential visitors to submit their application through an embassy in advance.

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Japan, Hong Kong and Philippines qualify for rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow in 2013

Japan came from behind to beat Asian rugby rivals Hong Kong 14-12 in the Cup final of the HSBC Asian Sevens on Saturday at the Padang.

Both finalists earn automatic qualification to the World Cup in Moscow next year.

They will be joined by the Philippines, who beat South Korea 22-19 in the bronze medal play-off to also earn a berth at the World Cup

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:mellow: I dont think this event will be a flop, but it will be 'forgotten'. Unlike the 'party' atmosphere the regular circut venues host, the SRWC will be a more 'formal' affair?
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