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The best Rugby nations from around the world will be represented in both the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens competitions at next year’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).http://www.stevecafeandcuisine.com/

The competing nations for both competitions were today announced after all 24 teams accepted formal invites from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to take part in GC2018 Rugby Sevens competition.

Women’s Rugby Sevens will make its eagerly anticipated Commonwealth Games debut at GC2018, while it will mark the sixth time Men’s Rugby Sevens will take place at a Commonwealth Games after its debut at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998.

The men’s competition features 16 teams from all six regions of the Commonwealth, including the top-four ranked nations in the world in South Africa (1 current ranking), England (2), Fiji (3), New Zealand (4) along with host nation Australia (6).

The Jamaican men’s team will make their Rugby Sevens debut at GC2018 after qualifying as the highest ranked team from the Americas, while Zambia has also won the right to take part for the first time alongside fellow African qualifiers Uganda.

Eight nations will compete in the women’s competition, headlined by top-ranked New Zealand, Australia (2), Canada (3) and Fiji (4).

The competing nations for both men’s and women’s competitions, to be played at Robina Stadium from 13-15 April 2018, are listed below:

Men’s Teams
Australia
South Africa
England
Fiji
New Zealand
Canada
Wales
Kenya
Samoa
Scotland
PNG
Uganda
Sri Lanka
Jamaica
Malaysia
Zambia
Women’s Teams
Australia
South Africa
England
Fiji
New Zealand
Canada
Wales
Kenya

The pools and match schedules for the Rugby Sevens competitions will be announced early in 2018.

Remaining tickets to the Rugby Sevens preliminary matches on Friday 13 April and Saturday 14 April can be purchased on a first-come, first served basis via www.gc2018.com/tickets.

Rugby Sevens tickets are priced from $15 for children and $30 for adults.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE said:

“It has been fantastic to witness the growth of Rugby Sevens since it was first introduced at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998.

“As the leading international sporting body for all gender equality issues, the CGF is proud that, along with GOLDOC, we have been able to introduce Women’s Rugby Sevens to the Commonwealth Games for the first time at GC2018.

“The introduction of Women’s Rugby Sevens for GC2018 is a significant milestone in the implementation of the CGF’s Gender Equality Strategy, with an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events being contested for the very first time in Commonwealth Games history.”

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said:

“We are excited to have both Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens competitions taking centre stage on the GC2018 program, featuring many of the best nations in the world.

“Rugby Sevens is renowned for its party-like atmosphere and with a try scored every 70 seconds, we are sure that spectators are going to have a wonderful experience at Robina Stadium over the three days of fantastic competition.

“There are still some tickets available to the Rugby Sevens preliminaries so we urge people not to miss out on what will be the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade.”

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said:

“The fast pace and flair of Rugby Sevens football is a perfect fit for the Gold Coast and I have no doubt both the men’s and women’s competitions will be favourites at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“Robina Stadium has played host to international Rugby Sevens tournaments in the past and is the perfect staging ground for three days of world class Rugby action.”

GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said:

“Rugby Sevens will be conducted over the final three days of the Games and in fact the women’s and men’s gold medal matches hold the honour as being the final medal events at GC2018.

“With Women’s Rugby Sevens making its debut at the Commonwealth Games, we view this as a fitting way to conclude the Games before we all join together to celebrate the efforts and achievements of all participants at the Closing Ceremony.”

HISTORY OF RUGBY SEVENS AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Year Host city Host country Medallists
Gold Silver Bronze
1998 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia  New Zealand  Fiji Australia
2002 Manchester  England  New Zealand  Fiji South Africa
2006 Melbourne  Australia  New Zealand  England Fiji
2010 Delhi  India  New Zealand  Australia South Africa
2014 Glasgow  Scotland  South Africa  New Zealand Australia

ALL TIME RUGBY SEVENS MEDAL TALLY AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
New Zealand 4 1 0 5
South Africa 1 0 2 3
Fiji 0 2 1 3
Australia 0 1 2 3
England 0 1 0 1
Total 5 5 5 15

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