rugby worldcup sanfrancisco2018The San Francisco Bay Area will host Rugby World Cup Sevens on July 20-22, 2018, the first time a Rugby World Cup will be played on American soil.

The premier stand-alone in international rugby sevens competition, Rugby World Cup Sevens is bringing fans together from around the globe and the region alike to celebrate one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

Over the course of three days, country pride will be running high. With just seven minutes per half and seven players on the pitch, the tournament’s knockout match play means both high stakes and high displays of athleticism. This is the first time knockout-style play will be seen in a Rugby World Cup.

AT&T Park in San Francisco will play host to the event, which will feature the best teams from around the globe, with 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams in the hunt for the trophy. Competing nations will include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tonga, Uganda, Uruguay, United States of America, Wales and Zimbabwe. Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 will also be broadcast around the globe, and in the United States on the NBC Sports Network.

Organizers look to leave a legacy that extends beyond the stadium walls through USA Rugby’s Impact Beyond initiative. In partnership with Play Rugby USA, USA Rugby Academies and Playworks Northern California, Impact Beyond will be made available to schools, nonprofits and after-school programs across the Bay Area through lesson plans, and a series of events and tournaments. The curriculum strives to educate in three areas – inclusion, cultural appreciation and the skills of rugby – and is available at usarugby.org/impact-beyond. More than 80 Bay Area schools are participating in Impact Beyond, which will reach 20,000+ children by the time the tournament kicks off in July.

The tournament will kickoff with a free-to-the-public Welcome Ceremony on July 19 that will officially welcome the competing countries and their representative teams to San Francisco. Starting at 5:00 P.M. in Embarcadero Plaza – at the foot of San Francisco’s Market Street – the Welcome Ceremony will feature the men and women of the 40 competing teams. In addition to the welcome festivities, the event will begin with a special performance by a cast member from Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s hilarious pop culture musical revue, as well as feature a Cantonese Opera act.

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