Rugby Sevens OIympic Games Tokyo 2020: How to Watch, Schedule and more

Mon, 26/07/2021, 11:35 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Australia's women side will be looking for back-to-back gold. Photo: Getty Images

The Olympic Games are already underway, with the Rugby Sevens set to kick off from July 26.

The mens' competition will kick off action as Fiji look to replicate their historic performance at Rio where they defeated Great Britain.

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This will be followed by the women's competition, which is set to start from July 29.

Australia enter as the defending champions following their thrilling win over New Zealand.

With action set to get underway, here's everything you need to know about Rugby Sevens at the Olympics

WHEN DO AUSTRALIA PLAY IN THE RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GAMES?

The men's Sevens side will next play against defending gold medalist Fiji in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, July 27 at 8:00 pm (AEST)

They will be looking to win to ensure their place in the semis, having been knocked out in the last eight five years ago.

WHAT CHANNEL IS AUSTRALIA'S RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GAMES ON?

Australia's third game of the tournament against New Zealand will be shown on 7mate.

The contest is expected to get underway at 11:30 following Argentina's clash with Korea.

HOW TO WATCH THE TOKYO OLYMPICS RUGBY SEVENS?

The Seven Network has exclusive rights to broadcast every event of the Tokyo Olympics in Australia. 

Events, including every game of the Rugby Sevens, will be shown on television across their three respective channels: 7, 7TWO, and 7mate. 

They will also be live streaming their televised events via 7+ which will have a dedicated Olympics channel that can be accessed online or via the app.

AUSTRALIA'S OLYMPIC RUGBY SEVENS TEAMS

MEN'S

  1. Lachlan Anderson
  2. Joe Pincus
  3. Dylan Pietsch
  4. Nicholas Malouf (c)
  5. Nathan Lawson*^
  6. Maurice Longbottom
  7. Joshua Coward
  8. Joshua Turner
  9. Lachlan Miller
  10. Samu Kerevi*
  11. Dietrich Roache*
  12. Henry Hutchison
  13. Lewis Holland

WOMEN'S

  1. Shannon Parry
  2. Sharni Williams
  3. Faith Nathan
  4. Dominique Du Toit
  5. Emma Tonegato
  6. Evania Pelite
  7. Charlotte Caslick
  8. Madison Ashby
  9. Tia Hinds*
  10. Sariah Paki
  11. Demi Hayes
  12. Maddison Levi*
  13. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea

*Denotes Sevens debutant

^Nathan Lawson was an injury replacement for Henry Paterson.

RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC SCHEDULE

MEN'S COMPETITION (ALL TIMES AEST)

DAY 1 - MONDAY, 26 JULY, 2021

Pool B: Fiji vs. Japan (10:00)

Pool B: Great Britain vs Canada (10:30)

Pool A: New Zealand vs Republic of Korea (11:00)

Pool A: Australia vs Argentina (11:30)

Pool C: South Africa vs Ireland (12:00)

Pool C: USA vs Kenya (12:30)

Pool B: Great Britain vs Japan (17:30)

Pool B: Fiji vs Canada (18:00)

Pool A: New Zealand vs Argentina (18:30)

Pool A: Australia vs Republic of Korea (19:00)

Pool C: USA vs Ireland (19:30)

Pool C: South Africa vs Kenya (20:00)

DAY 2 - TUESDAY, 27 JULY, 2021 - TOKYO

Pool B: Canada vs Japan (10:00)

Pool B Fiji vs Great Britain (10:30)

Pool A: Argentina vs Republic of Korea (11:00)

Pool A: New Zealand vs Australia (11:30)

Pool C: Kenya vs Ireland (12:00)

Pool C: South Africa vs USA (12:30)

DAY 2 - FINALS

9th Place: SF 1 3rd Best 3rd vs 3rd Best 4th (17:30)

9th Place: SF 2 Best 4th vs 2nd Best 4th (18:00)

QUARTERFINALS

QF 1 1st Pool A vs 2nd Best 3rd (18:30)

QF 2 2nd Pool B vs 2nd Pool C (19:00)

QF 3 1st Pool C vs 2nd Pool A (19:30)

QF 4 1st Pool B vs Best 3rd (20:00)

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY, 28 JULY, 2021

11th Place Play-off (10:00)

9th Place Play-off (10:30)

5th Place QF 1 Loser vs QF 2 Loser (11:00)

5th Place QF 3 Loser vs QF 4 Loser (11:30)

SEMI-FINALS

QF Winner 1 v QF Winner 2 (12:00)

QF Winner 3 v QF Winner 4 (12:30)

MEDAL MATCHES/PLAY OFFS

7th Place Play-off (17:30)

5th Place Play-off (18:00)

Bronze medal match (18:30)

Gold medal match (19:00)

Australia faced off against Oceania at day three of the Oceania Sevens at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

WOMEN'S COMPETITION (ALL TIMES AEST)

DAY 1 - THURSDAY, 29 JULY, 2021

Pool B: France vs Fiji (10:00)

Pool B: Canada vs Brazil (10:30)

Pool C: USA vs China (11:00)

Pool C: Australia vs Japan (11:30)

Pool A: Russian OC vs Great Britain (12:00)

Pool A: New Zealand vs Kenya (12:30)

Pool B: Canada vs Fiji (17:30)

Pool B: France vs Brazil (18:00)

Pool C: Australia vs China (18:30)

Pool C: USA vs Japan (19:00)

Pool A: New Zealand vs Great Britain (19:30)

Pool A: Russian OC vs Kenya (20:00)

DAY 2 - FRIDAY, 30 JULY, 2021

Pool B: Fiji vs Brazil (10:00)

Pool B: Canada vs France (10:30)

Pool C: China vs Japan (11:00)

Pool C: Australia vs USA (11:30)

Pool A: Great Britain vs Kenya (12:00)

Pool A: New Zealand vs Russian OC (12:30)

DAY 2 - FINALS 9th Place: SF 1 3rd Best 3rd vs 3rd Best 4th (17:30)

9th Place: SF 2 Best 4th vs 2nd Best 4th (18:00)

QUARTERFINALS

QF 1 1st Pool A vs 2nd Best 3rd (18:30)

QF 2 2nd Pool B vs 2nd Pool C (19:00)

QF 3 1st Pool C vs 2nd Pool A (19:30)

QF 4 1st Pool B vs Best 3rd (20:00)

DAY 3 - SATURDAY, 31 JULY, 2021

11th Place Play-off (10:00)

9th Place Play-off (10:30)

5th Place QF 1 Loser vs QF 2 Loser (11:00)

5th Place QF 3 Loser vs QF 4 Loser (11:30)

SEMI-FINALS

QF Winner 1 v QF Winner 2 (12:00)

QF Winner 3 v QF Winner 4 (12:30)

MEDAL MATCHES/PLAYOFFS

7th Place Play-off (17:30)

5th Place Play-off (18:00)

Bronze medal match (18:30)

Gold medal match (19:00)

RUGBY SEVENS RULES AND TOURNAMENT FORMAT

With Rugby Sevens still a new sport in the Olympic calendar, here is everything you need to know about the fast-growing sport.

Teams have been drawn into three pools of four, with the top two nations automatically qualifying for the quarter-finals.

They will be joined by the two-highest third place finishes from the group stages.

The format has significant changes from the 15-a-side format, which includes:

  • 7 players per team on field
  • Five substitutes, with five interchanges
  • Seven-minute halves
  • Maximum of two minutes half-time
  • Matches drawn after regulation are continued into golden point and extra in multiple 5-minute periods.
  • All conversion attempts must be drop-kicked and taken within 30 seconds instead of having the option to place-kick
  • Three player scrums instead of the regular eight.
  • Kick-offs: in sevens, the team which has just scored kicks off, rather than the conceding team.
  • Players who receive a yellow card will be sidelined for only two minutes

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