San Francisco: The home of the Golden Gate Bridge, the headquarters of Netflix and Tesla, a landscape of cable cars and rolling hills, a mecca of culture and costumes and a three-time World Series championed city.

What does this have to do with rugby, you ask? Well, if you haven’t already heard, the city by the bay has been named host of the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens!

Since the announcement however, we’ve noticed things have been a little foggy…(Get it? You know ‘cause fog is what San Francisco’s famous for. No? Just us?) Alright anyway! We are here to set the record straight, demystify some of these World Cup rumors and figure out once and for all WHAT THE RUCK IS RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS!?

Myth 1: San Francisco is a new stop added to the Sevens Series. 

Answer: Nope, nah, definitely not!

Adding San Francisco as a stop to the World Rugby Sevens Series would be a serious full house! (c’mon, you had to get that one)

Las Vegas Sevens and San Fransisco would be too good to be true! Every four years, similar to the Olympic Games or the Fifa World Cup, the Rugby World Cup Sevens takes place somewhere around the globe – in 2018, it will take place in San Francisco. San Fran will be home to a three-day festival-like tournament that will host 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams from all around the world. This will be the first time a rugby World Cup Sevens has been played in North America, and it is sure to bring some excitement to an already vibrant city!

Myth 2: Vancouver is being replaced by San Francisco as the 6th stop on the seven’s series.

Answer: HECK NO!

Don’t worry sevens fans, our Vancouver home for HSBC Canada Sevens is here to stay! We love Vancouver and the atmosphere that our amazing fans bring and we aren’t planning on leaving anytime soon. I mean what’s a sevens game without a lumberjack, beaver or Canadian Mountie in the stands?

San Francisco is a “one off” event for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which takes place once every four years. This is in addition to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which currently has 10 unique stops on the circuit including your very own Vancouver. RWC Sevens takes place on July 20-22, 2018, which means it won’t overlap with the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which concludes June 10th in Paris.

Look at this beautiful city! We would never let Vancouver go

Myth 3: San Francisco is building a brand new stadium for the World Cup Sevens.

Answer: Negative

You probably never thought that baseball and rugby could go together, but in this instance, they most certainly do. The World Cup Sevens will be played at the famous AT&T Park, the home stadium of the San Francisco Giants Baseball team. Built in 2000, with seating for over 40,000 and a stunning view of the San Francisco Bay, this stadium is a veteran host to some of the world’s best musicians and sports teams. What more could you ask for in a venue? So, sure, playing rugby in a baseball stadium is a little different, but it only adds to the unique experience this city will bring for this three-day tournament.

Myth 4: San Francisco will be an incredible host city for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Answer: Absolutely without a doubt TRUE!

As the home of the Golden State Warriors, San Fransisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants, (just to name a few) this city is no stranger to championship sporting events. Bringing together a unique culture in art and technology, and a strong enthusiasm for live action sports, Rugby World Cup Sevens: San Francisco is sure to be one amazing experience you don’t want to miss!

Tickets are now on-sale. We’ll see you there!