Tokyo 2020: the seven rugby calendar



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Tokyo 2020: the seven rugby calendar

Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has made official the schedule of men's and women's rugby seven tournaments. After the Rio 2016 Olympics, seven-a-side rugby will therefore return to the spotlight on the most important sports stage in the world, and will do so as we know with a year of delay.

The men's tournament will be played first and then they will play the women's tournament, which will have respectively those of 26-28 and 29-31 July. Three days of extremely tight matches, to crown the new Olympic champion.

Will Fiji be able to defend the gold won in Brazil or will there be a new winner? Let's start by remembering which are the teams qualified in Tokyo 2020 for rugby seven. Out of 24 participants (12 men and 12 women), 21 are already known, with the last three places still to be defined by the last repechage tournaments.

As for men, the 11 teams that are already certain to go to Tokyo are Japan, Fiji, the United States, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Kenya and South Korea as well as a repechage qualifier.

Among the girls we will be able to see Japan, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Kenya, Fiji and China and two teams from the repechage tournament. It should be noted that the dates collide with the Lions tour scheduled for summer 2021, therefore there will be some athletes who will have to choose which of the two events to take part in.

Click here to learn about the Lions calendar in South Africa The Tokyo 2020 seven tournament will be played at Tokyo Stadium, the facility that hosted the 2019 World Cup final, therefore a very high-profile stage for a highly anticipated tournament that will bring great rugby back to Japan.

Below is the calendar of the two tournaments, men and women.

Tokyo 2020 the dates and times of the men's and women's seven rugby tournamen

Men Monday 26 July
Group stage (6 matches)
Group stage (6 matches) Tuesday 27 July
Group stage (6 matches)
Final 9-12 (2 matches)
Quarterfinals (4 matches) Wednesday 28 July
Final 11-12 and Final 9-10
Final 5-8 (2 matches)
Semi-finals (2 matches) and Final 7-8
Final 5-6
Final for the bronze medal
Final for the gold medal
Awards ceremony Women Thursday 29 July
Group stage (6 matches)
Group stage (6 matches) Friday 30 July
Group stage (6 matches)
Final 9-12 (2 matches)
Quarterfinals (4 matches) Saturday 31 July
Final 11-12
Final 9-10
Final 5-8 (2 matches)
Semi-finals (2 matches) Final 7-8
Finali 5-6
Final for the gold medal
Final for the gold medal
Awards ceremony