The best women’s Rugby Sevens nations in the world will kick-off the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Rugby Sevens competition under lights on Friday, 13 April at Robina Stadium, following the release of the full match schedule for the competition.
In a fitting way to mark the start of the first ever women’s Rugby Sevens competition at a Commonwealth Games, GC2018 ticket holders will be treated to eight matches of fast and furious women’s Rugby Sevens on the opening night where each competing nation will play two of their three required preliminary matches.
Day two of the Rugby Sevens competition on Saturday, 14 April will see the best men’s nations doing battle in the preliminaries along with the remaining women’s preliminaries, before the competition culminates in the Semi-finals and Gold and Bronze medal matches on the final day of GC2018 competition, Sunday 15 April.
The Australian women’s team will clash with England and Fiji on the opening night before taking on Wales on day two, while the Australian men will face Jamaica and a potential crunch match against Samoa before taking on England in their final preliminary match.
At the conclusion of the three-match preliminary stage of the competition, only the top ranked men’s team from each of the four pools will advance through to the semi-finals, while in the women’s competition the top two ranked teams will progress to the semi-finals and play for medals.
To view the full match schedule, go here: https://www.gc2018.com/Rugby7sScheduleA4.pdf
Tickets for the three-day Rugby Sevens competition at Robina Stadium, presented by Longines, have already been exhausted, however spectators now have the opportunity to purchase Premium Hospitality experiences for the event.
Hospitality packages are available for Athletics, Basketball (Gold Coast, Cairns and Townsville), Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Swimming and Track Cycling (Brisbane). There are also limited opportunities available at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
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Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE said:
“Rugby Sevens has been a popular addition to the Commonwealth Games program since it was first introduced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998.
“As the leading international sporting body for all gender equality issues, the CGF is proud that, along with GOLDOC, we have been able to introduce Women’s Rugby Sevens to the Commonwealth Games for the first time at GC2018.
“The introduction of Women’s Rugby Sevens for GC2018 is a significant milestone in the implementation of the CGF’s Gender Equality Strategy, with an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events being contested for the very first time in Commonwealth Games history.”
GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said:
“We are excited to have both Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens competitions at GC2018, featuring many of the best nations in the world.
“Rugby Sevens is renowned for its party-like atmosphere and with a try scored every 70 seconds, we are sure that spectators are going to have a wonderful experience at Robina Stadium over the three days of fantastic competition.”
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said:
“The fast pace and flair of Ruby Sevens football will make both the men’s and women’s competitions a favourite amongst spectators at GC2018.
“In many Commonwealth countries Rugby Sevens is the main national sport and this will make for an electric atmosphere come April.
“Robina Stadium has hosted many international Rugby Sevens tournaments and is the perfect location for three days of world class Rugby action.”
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said:
“Rugby Sevens will be conducted over the final three days of the Games and in fact the women’s and men’s gold medal matches hold the honour of being the final medal events at GC2018.
“With the Australian women’s team looking to defend their gold medal from Rio, it’s going to be an exciting competition.”
GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES – RUGBY SEVENS FORMAT
The tournament will consist of two phases: pool play in the preliminary phase and the second phase in single elimination format.
The pools for both the men’s and women’s competitions, determine which teams will go head-to-head during the preliminary rounds.
The top men’s team in each pool after the preliminary phase progress to the semi-finals, and the second in each pool play for 5-8. The competition concludes for teams ranked third and fourth in their pools.
The top two women’s teams in each pool after the preliminary phase progress to the semi-finals, and third and fourth in each pool play for 5-8.