Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Super 7s To Launch In 2018

Super 7s Rugby is one step closer to reality after the league released more details today.  According to a release from United World Sports there are plans for a summer 2018 launch featuring six men's and six women's teams. The idea is to start the league following the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco and barnstorm across six cities. The purpose of the barnstorming tour is to identify markets for a full city league in the spring and summer of 2019. There will be up to 16-21 players on each team with all eligible to play in each match. The release also noted that the teams will be "made up largely of players from college and club programs already in the United States and Canada." David Niu has been confirmed as league president.

The league also confirmed that the format would be four fifteen minute quarters with a six minute halftime and three minutes between each quarter in each half. In addition there will be two referees and rolling substitutions for all of the players. Also, if a match goes to overtime the league has planned "The Gauntlet" where there is a two on one skill competition to determine the winner.

As of now there is no word on which cities will be chosen, what the pay (if any) will be for the players, or specific dates other than after the 7s World Cup. That said, if they do pay the players this could be the first time women have been paid to play rugby outside of a national team in the United States.


  1. Purely looking at it from the women's side of the game. This could be a great plus for them. Finally a "pro" comp that will pay women to play. Could see ripple effects in the NT's because of this. 7s and 15 players could benefit.

  2. Not a fan of the "gauntlet" or four quarters. Still, great job to those making a strong effort.

    1. Can't see the gauntlet lasting to long. When I read the gauntlet I have flash backs of XFL. Better off with "Golden Try" concept. First one to score wins. And heck even with arena football salary is still better then nothing.

  3. I'm all for growing the game we love here in the US, however, I'm not convinced this isn't an attempt at Americanizing a format that clearly already works, worldwide. Increasing the rosters, making the timing more palatable to the football-watcher and searching out cities to make this work aren't the way to do this. Leave the format alone and seek out interest in the existing major markets. Bring rugby to the mountain, don't build a new mountain and hope rugby works there!

  4. This isn't 7s. We already have some pretty fierce regional 7s competitions in our club rugby system along with the national competition. Grow the real game that's already being played instead of making something up that isn't even real 7s. The reason PRO rugby failed is they tried to build something out of nothing, when we already have rugby in this country that would be a great launching point. I am willing to bet Super 7s will fail after one season as well.