About the Game

There’s only one place where a group of super heroes can cheer on a Fijian winger throwing a no-look pass.

The HSBC New Zealand Sevens will see sixteen of the world’s top rugby sevens nations split into four pools for two days of non-stop action. 

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.

  • Four pools of four teams each. 

  • 45 games played over two days: Day One = 24 pool matches. Day Two = 21 knock-out matches.

  • Points are awarded for wins, losses and draws and go towards each team’s final points tabulation.

  • 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.

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