The Rugby Sevens format is fast becoming one of the most popular sporting codes in the world, and is now ready to host the seventh edition of their World Cup.
The 2018 Rugby 7’s World Cup will head to San Francisco in the US over three days, from July 21-23 (AEST), and you won’t miss this great action when watching at home on TV or streaming the matches live to a mobile device if you’re out and about.
2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens Preview
This will be the seventh time the Rugby World Cup Sevens will take place, and the first time staged in the US. New Zealand are the reigning champions after defeating England in the 2013 Final, their second title after winning it in 2001 when led by superstar, the late Jonah Lomu. Back in those days, frequently you’d see superstar Rugby players play the Sevens World Cup but with the heavy schedule today, the Sevens is generally played by specialists, which means the depth and competition is even with no stand outs. The format is knockout from the start for both the men and women, with 84 matches to be played across three days. Teams ranked 1-8 have a bye and go straight through to the round of 16, and as such the Australian men will play their first match at 6.47am (AEST) Saturday morning.
When: July 21-23 (AEST)
Where: San Francisco, USA
For the men, the number one seed is South Africa, which was the most consistent side throughout the Sevens Series this year. Fiji are the form side heading into the World Cup having won the previous two legs of the Series at Vancouver and Hong Kong respectively. As for Australia, they are ranked sixth with their best efforts being a win at Sydney which was followed by a Semi Final loss in Hamilton. For the women, Australia won at both Dubai and Sydney but are number two seeds behind New Zealand, who racked up more points in the most recent series. Australia did beat New Zealand in the Final at the Rio Olympics, the biggest tournament since the last World Cup, but don‘t look for the World Cup of Rugby Sevens on Free to air in Australia.
2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup Live TV (AEST)
Sat 21 July Day 1 LIVE: 2.15am – 3.50pm (Fox Sports 501)
Sun 22 July Day 2 LIVE: 3.30am – 1.40pm (Fox Sports 501)
Mon 23 July Final Day LIVE: 1.30am – 11.30am (Fox Sports 501)
All events shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Rugby Sevens Replays include highlights of the day’s matches.
Watch or Stream Rugby 7’s Live
You won’t find the World Cup of Rugby Sevens on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports Australia (Foxtel) will provide exclusive Live coverage as the top 24 men’s teams and best 16 women’s teams square off in San Francisco.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel Sports Combo which has no lock-in contract if trialled by August 18 and will broadcast all three days of the event LIVE and in HD, as well as offering live Rugby Sevens World Cup streaming to eligible mobile devices within minutes of getting started.
Women’s Rugby 7’s WC Live TV (AEST)
Semi Finals: Sunday July 22 LIVE: New Zealand v USA at 4.42am
Semi Finals: Sunday July 22 LIVE: Australia v France at 5.04am
Women’s Final: Sunday July 22 LIVE: TBA vs TBA at 1.14pm
Men’s Rugby 7’s WC Live TV (AEST)
Quarter Finals: Sunday July 22 LIVE: S. Africa v Scotland at 8.32am
Quarter Finals: Sunday July 22 LIVE: Fiji v Argentina at 8.54am
Quarter Finals: Sunday July 22 LIVE: NZ v France at 9.16am
Quarter Finals: Sunday July 22 LIVE: England v USA at 9.38am
Men’s Semi Finals: Monday July 23 LIVE: TBA vs TBA at 5.40am
Men’s Semi Finals: Monday July 23 LIVE: TBA vs TBA at 6.02am
Men’s Final: Monday July 23 LIVE: TBA vs TBA at 10.46am
2018 World Rugby 7’s Fixtures List
Dubai World 7’s: 1-2 December
Cape Town, South Africa 7’s: 9-10 December
Sydney 7’s, Australia 7’s: 26-28 January
Hamilton, New Zealand 7’s: 3-4 February
Las Vegas, Nevada USA 7’s: 2-4 March
Vancouver, Canada 7’s: 10-11 March
Hong Kong 7’s: 6-8 April
Singapore 7’s: 28-29 April
London, England 7’s: 2-3 June
Paris, France 7’s: 8-10 June
Best of all, no matter where it’s being played, Foxtel Now via the Foxtel App offers Rugby 7s Live Streaming to an eligible mobile device for qualified Australian users.