May 11, 2021
The draw for the World Rugby Sevens Repechage, the final qualification event for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, will take place today.
The draw will be held at the Hotel Hermitage, Monaco in the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II as preparations continue to progress towards the hosting of the Olympic qualification event.
With 21 of the 24 teams already qualified for the Olympic rugby sevens competition, the remaining two women's and one men’s steams to participate at the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be determined at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on 19-20 June.
Teams competing in the Repechage progressed through regional Olympic qualification tournaments with two men’s and women’s teams eligible to represent each of World Rugby’s six global regions at the Monaco event.
The women’s competition will see the 12 teams drawn into three pools of four teams. The teams have been banded based on placements in their regional competitions alongside performances in World Rugby tournaments.
The women’s teams include France, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Argentina, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Madagascar, Samoa and Tunisia.
The men’s competition, the 10 teams are drawn into two pools of five teams, including one team from each of the five pre-determined bands.
The men’s teams include France, Samoa, Hong Kong, Ireland, Chile, Tonga, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and Mexico.
To ensure the teams are as best prepared as possible for the Olympic Games, World Rugby is investing US$4 million into Olympic qualified unions’ sevens programmes and towards the costs of hosting a number of high-performance preparation events.
The Olympic men’s rugby sevens competition will take place from 26-28 July, with the women’s tournament following on 29-31 July. All the action will take place at Tokyo Stadium, which was a venue for Rugby World Cup 2019.
By Romeka Romena