You are here
The recent illustration of the 2018 World Rugby Sevens World Cup logo, specifically designed to depict the hosting venue of San Francisco, represents another testament to the growth in stature of rugby in the United States. Admittedly, it's seven-a-side that has led the worldwide awareness that rugby thrives in the States. (Fastest growing team sport in the nation.)
In the last Sevens world cup in 2013, the USA Men finished 13th, the Women third. Three-years and one Olympics later, media attention has increased geometrically as the Men's Eagles demonstrated marked improvement in the annual HSBC ten country event, rising as high as sixth place among core teams, and winning the London 7s tournament in 2015, the team's first ever circuit victory.
World Rugby has always eyed the USA as a country with the potential to boost participation significantly. The rise of sevens popularity - spearheaded by the international Las Vegas Sevens in March, and the Penn Mutual Insurance College Rugby Championship (CRC) in June - has been accompanied by rising television (NBC Sports) viewership, expanding beyond the rugby-centric base.
2018 Event Facts
Men - Twenty Four teams.
Qualified (9): Australia, Kenya, South Africa, USA, England, France, Wales, New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia
To Qualify (15): Africa, 2, North America, 1, South America, 2, Asia, 3, Europe, 5, and Oceania, 2
Women - Twelve teams
Qualified (4): USA, Canada, Spain, and New Zealand
To Qualify (8): Africa, 2, South Africa, 2, Asia, 2, Europe, 5, and Oceania, 1
Venues: AT & T Stadium (SF Giants). 42,000
Avaya Stadium, San Jose, 18,000