There's only one place where a group of super heroes can cheer on a Tongan winger throwing a no-look pass. HSBC Wellington Sevens will see 16 of the world's top rugby sevens nations split into four pools for two days of non-stop action. Play on the first day of the tournament consists of pool matches on a round robin basis. Points are awarded for wins, losses and draws and go towards each team's final points tabulation.

How does it work?

  • Following completion of all the pool matches in day one, the first and second placed teams in each pool progress to the Cup Championship.
  • The third and fourth placed teams of each pool progress to the Bowl Championship.
  • These games are played on day two and all teams are moved into a knockout phase.
  • The winners of each game move into semi finals and then finals. The winner of the Tournament is the team that has moved through all their games on day two with no losses.

It’s fast and furious

Each team is made up of 12 players; seven on the field during the match, with a reserve bench of three. Each game runs for two x 7 minute halves with a 2 minute half time; the final game of the tournament is 2 x 10 minute halves.

New Zealand has a winning history

The winner of the New Zealand leg of the World Series wins the local tournament Cup.

The New Zealand Sevens team won Sevens Wellington in 2015 and 2016 aswell as the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series crown for 2011/2012. They have won it 9 out of 17 years since the start of the Series in 2000.

2016/17 HSBC WORLD RUGBY SEVENS SERIES