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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

2018 RWC 7s Logo & Qualification Information Released

The logo and qualification information for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens has been released. Naturally the Golden Gate Bridge is in the center or the logo for a tournament that will take place at Avaya Stadium in San Jose and AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco. Tickets will go on sale next year.

As for qualification, the U.S. automatically qualifies both their men's and women's teams thanks to being hosts. Additionally, the top eight men's teams (NZ, England, Fiji, South Africa, Wales, Australia, and France) from the 2013 RWC Sevens and top four women's teams ( New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and USA) also automatically qualify. Qualifying tournaments will be held in different regions from June 2017 to April 2018. Two teams from Europe and Asia for both the men and women will qualify along with 1 team from North America. On the men's side Oceania, Africa, and South America will get two teams while only one each on the women's side of things.

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In a World Rugby press release World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: "The success of rugby sevens at the recent Olympic Games in Rio gave the game a huge shot in the arm and we are working hard to ensure its popularity continues to rise in the coming years. Part of that is building on the success of previous RWC Sevens tournaments, which come at the mid-point in the Olympic cycle.

"Being a vibrant and exciting city, San Francisco is the perfect place to stage this tournament, which in the past has provided plenty of thrilling rugby action. And we are delighted that AT&T Park will be the venue, providing spectators with great facilities and affording the teams the sort of stage befitting of their athleticism and skills.”

USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: "We are proud to be hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park. We look forward to bringing rugby sevens to San Francisco and showcasing the game in a stadium known for iconic sporting moments.

"The commercial success of rugby sevens at the Olympics was massive, with an all-new fan base ranging from youth to college students to adults watching and truly enjoying the speed, determination and athleticism of our athletes from around the world. Rugby is already the fastest-growing team sport in America but with this new audience and now such a massive tournament coming to the US we can't wait to see where the sport goes next."

San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said: "We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious World Rugby tournament in 2018. Since our ballpark opened in 2000, we have hosted many world-class events and to now have the opportunity to welcome the top rugby sevens players and their fans from all over the world to AT&T Park is a great honour for us."

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