The Rugby Sevens format is fast becoming one of the most popular sporting codes in the world, and is now ready to host the twentieth edition of their World Series.
The 2018-19 Rugby 7’s will continue with a visit to Cape Town in South Africa for two fast paced days, from December 8th – 9th (AEDT), and you won’t miss the action when watching at home or streaming the matches live to a mobile device.
2018-19 Rugby World Sevens Preview
This will be the twentieth edition of the Rugby World Sevens, and the third consecutive year in which South Africa will host the tournament’s second to series. South Africa are the reigning champions after besting Fiji for total points on the season by the slimmest of margins, 182-180, thanks largely to their victory in the finale at Paris and Fiji finishing fifth on that same weekend. For South Africa it was the second consecutive Rugby Sevens championship and third overall. As for Fiji, it was a disappointing way to finish but they did take the Gold in five of the ten events, and have been a formidable side for the past seven years so look for them to be there in the mix this time out. The format is knockout from the start for both the men and women, with 45 matches to be played across the event’s scheduled dates, and as such the Australian men will play their first match at 7.37pm (AEDT) Saturday evening.
When: December 8-9, 2018
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
For the men, the number one seed is South Africa, which was the most consistent side throughout the Sevens Series this past year. Fiji are the form side heading into the tournament having won Gold at half of the stops last time around. Fiji will look to get off to a faster start, after failing to finish higher than fourth in the first three stops last year, Dubai, Capetown and Sydney. As for the Australian men, they are ranked fourth entering 2018-19 with their best efforts last season being a win at Sydney which was followed by a Semi Final loss in Hamilton. For the women, Australia enters this year’s tournament the defending champs having won at both Dubai and Sydney, but are the number two seed behind New Zealand, who finished strong in winning the last three events. With the added stop in the USA there will be six series total for the women, and they will play on the same weekend as the men’s teams in Sydney (Feb 1-2). The Aussie women did beat New Zealand in the Final at the Rio Olympics, and will look to duplicate that this time out, but don‘t look for the Rugby Sevens on Free to air in Australia.
2018 Cape Town World Rugby Sevens Live TV (AEDT)
Available on Fox Sports 501 (Foxtel) and Kayo Sports
Saturday 8 Dec Day 1 LIVE: 7.00pm – 5.30am (Fox Sports 501/Kayo)
Sunday 9 Dec Day 2 LIVE: 7.00pm – 5.30am (Fox Sports 501/Kayo)
Sat 8 Dec LIVE: Australia vs Wales at 7.37pm
Sat 8 Dec LIVE: Australia vs Canada at 10.58pm
Sun 9 Dec LIVE: Australia vs Scotland at 2.19am
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 Rugby Sevens on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports Australia (Foxtel and Kayo) will provide exclusive Live coverage as the top 19 men’s teams square off in South Africa.
If you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to check out the 14 day Kayo Sports free trial which has no lock-in contract and will carry both days of the event LIVE via the Fox Sports channel. With Kayo you can enjoy the World Sevens online from the comfort of home, or if you’re out and about you can stream Rugby Sevens live to a range of eligible mobile devices.*
South Africa Men’s Rugby 7’s Live TV (Sydney time)
Cup Quarter Finals: Sunday Dec 9 LIVE: TBD at 9.04pm
Cup Quarter Finals: Sunday Dec 9 LIVE: TBD at 9.26pm
Cup Quarter Finals: Sunday Dec 9 LIVE: TBD at 9.48pm
Cup Quarter Finals: Sunday Dec 9 LIVE: TBD at 10.10pm
Cup Semi Finals: Monday Dec 10 LIVE: TBD at 1.34am
Cup Semi Finals: Monday Dec 10 LIVE: TBD at 1.56am
Cup Bronze Final: Monday Dec 10 LIVE: TBD at 4.18am
Cup Gold Final: Monday Dec 10 LIVE: TBD at 4.44am
Cape Town South Africa Sevens 2018 Groupings
Pool A: New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa, Zimbabwe
Pool B: USA, Argentina, Spain, Japan
Pool C: England, Fiji, France, Kenya
Pool D: Australia, Scotland, Canada, Wales
2018/19 World Rugby 7’s Fixtures List
Dubai, UAE World 7’s: 30 Nov-1 Dec 2018
Cape Town, South Africa 7’s: 8-9 Dec 2018
Hamilton, New Zealand 7’s: 26-27 January, 2019
Sydney, Australia 7’s: 2-3 February, 2019
Las Vegas, USA 7’s: 1-3 March, 2019
Vancouver, Canada 7’s: 9-10 March, 2019
Hong Kong 7s: 5-7 April, 2019
Singapore 7’s: 13-14 April, 2019
London, England 7s: 25-26 May, 2019
Paris, France 7s: 1-2 June, 2019
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