What is 7s Rugby?
Rugby is one of the most popular team sports around the globe with about 300 million fans following the game avidly. Apart from the traditional 15-man-version of the game, Sevens has been making huge gains in prominence and popularity around the globe recently.
The game has been played since its inception in 1883 in the Scottish town of Melrose, but its biggest leap in popularity came about in 2009, when Sevens Rugby was declared an olympic sport by the IOC.
It combines the traditional strengths of rugby – being a continuously flowing and hugely physical sport – with an added element of extreme pace and even more athleticism. Games are played with seven minutes halves only, therefore teams usually play three matches a day. Only seven players field the pitch for each team, giving the attackers acres of space and facilitating an attacking and high scoring brand of rugby.
The global Sevens-scene is more competitive than its traditional big brother. During the last season of the World Sevens Series six different teams won at least one of the ten tournaments, with Fiji taking the overall spoils. National teams of non-traditional rugby nations – like those of Canada, Kenya and to an increasing degree also the Oktoberfest 7s hosts Germany themselves – are competitive on a world stage and can beat world class teams on their day.
For spectators Sevens events offer non stop action over the course of an entire day and the opportunity to see world class athletes from around the globe perform with only short brakes in between games. Sevens rugby is known for its unique party-like atmosphere, which is fueled by friendly fans celebrating not just their teams, but the sport itself.