7 RUGBY SEVENS RULES IN A SNAP SHOT
April 6, 2016
We are now less than two weeks till the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament comes to beautiful Langford British Columbia. Rugby fans looking for a quick rule refresh… here are 7 rugby sevens rules in a snap shot!
SEVEN PLAYERS PER TEAM ON THE FIELD AT ONCE
Just like the Sevens name suggests, there are 7 players on a field at once playing 7 minute halves. This makes for A LOT of open space for great speed, steps and scoring!
ONLY 5 SUBSTITUTIONS PER TEAM PER GAME
With so few players on the field at one time, team managers and coaches must choose their substitutions strategically as they only have 5 for the duration of the match.
SEVEN-MINUTE HALVES WITH 2-MINUTE HALF TIME BREAK
Not only are there seven players per team on the field at once, halves are only 7 minutes long. Players have a 2-minute break at halftime to catch their breath before another exhausting 7 minute half!
SCORING A TRY GETS YOU 5 POINTS; CONVERSIONS MUST BE A DROP KICK FOR 2 ADDITIONAL POINTS
Scoring in Sevens Rugby is quick and constant. When a try is scored a team receives 5 points with an attempt at a conversion for an additional 2 points. Conversion attempts must be done with a drop kick making it more difficult than 15 a side rugby.
SCRUMS ONLY HAVE 3 PLAYERS PER TEAM AND HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY
With so few players on the field at once, scrums are made up of 3 players from each team with a scrum half putting the ball into play. These scrums happen very quickly as teams try and get the ball into hand as soon as possible.
THE TEAM THAT SCORES POINTS RETURNS TO HALF AND KICKS OFF
Contrary to 15 a side rugby, the scoring team must restart the action with a kick off at center. Restart kicks must land at least 10 yards from center or the receiving team will get a penalty at center field.
A YELLOW CARD (SUSPENSION) WILL GET YOU 2 MINUTES IN THE SIN BIN
As there is so much open space on the field, losing a player to a suspension (sin bin) an be a very costly endeavour. Not only is it tough to score with only 6 players, playing defense can be tough on a full sized field.
There it is; 7 Rugby Seven Rules in a Snap Shot. Don’t forget to use this new knowledge at the Women’s Canada 7s April 16th and 17th in beautiful Langford British Columbia!
Tickets Available at: https://www.canadasevens.com/womens/tickets/