2020 -> 2021 Olympic Sevens (Tokyo)



  • The 2020 Olympic Sevens in Tokyo take place from 27 - 29 July 2020 (men) and 31 July - 1 August 2020 (women).

    Qualification tournaments are still taking place.



  • Four Super Rugby players have been made available to prepare for the Olympic Sevens:

    Caleb Clarke (Blues, Auckland), Etene Nanai-Seturo (Chiefs, Counties Manukau), Salesi Rayasi (Hurricanes, Auckland) and Scott Gregory (Highlanders, Northland) will shift into the 2019/2020 All Blacks Sevens campaign with their sights focussed on the Tokyo Olympic Games, New Zealand Rugby announced today.
    
    With the support of their Investec Super Rugby clubs, the players have been given the green light to move into the Sevens programme, said New Zealand Rugby Head of High Performance Mike Anthony.
    
    “We’re delighted that these players – who have all been in the All Blacks Sevens environment previously – have put up their hand, and want to have a crack at making the Olympic squad.
    
    “We have worked very closely with all the Super Clubs to ensure we could support those players who were genuinely keen to be involved in the Tokyo Olympic Games. We also wanted to ensure that the Super Clubs were not significantly disadvantaged.
    
    Clarke, Nanai-Seturo and Rayasi will join the All Blacks Sevens squad after their Mitre 10 Cup commitments at the end of this year while Gregory will assemble with the Highlanders until March 2020.
    
    The Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, and Highlanders are free to recruit an additional player to their 2020 squads. The Crusaders are the only team to not have representation in the wider Sevens Squad.
    

    http://www.allblacks.com/News/34585/olympics-beckon-for-investec-super-rugby-players



  • I wonder of the highest paid rugby player in the world is prepared to take a weekend off in November for the Oceania qualifying to exploit the Olympic loophole to become Tonga eligible for the rest of his career.

    My guess is not.

    For context: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/109069929/revealed-former-all-black-charles-piutau-has-tongan-world-cup-dream-dashed



  • The Blues don't have much outside back depth, so Clarke is a bit of a loss.



  • @Rapido said in 2020 Olympic Sevens (Tokyo):

    I wonder of the highest paid rugby player in the world is prepared to take a weekend off in November for the Oceania qualifying to exploit the Olympic loophole to become Tonga eligible for the rest of his career.

    My guess is not.

    I hope that the discussion of that topic can again take place in the eligibility thread and not in this thread about the Olympic sevens.



  • SEVENS SCHEDULE CONFIRMED FOR TOKYO 2021 OLYMPIC GAMES

    The International Olympic Committee has announced the revised competition schedule for the Tokyo Olympic Games which were postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Opening Ceremony now set for 23 July 2021.

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    The organising committee has re-confirmed that there will be two sessions on each competition day. The morning sessions will kick-off at 09:00 JST and finish at 12:00 JST and the evening sessions will begin at 16:30 JST and end at either 19:00 or 19:30 JST. The medal matches will take place in the evening sessions.

    As per the pre-postponement schedule, the times have been selected in the interests of player welfare to avoid the peak heat of Japanese summer time and maximise fan atmosphere and engagement.

    As previously announced, the rugby sevens will take place at the iconic Tokyo Stadium, which proved itself to be an excellent Rugby World Cup 2019 host venue, with a fantastic atmosphere and superb playing conditions.

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    Rugby Sevens is anticipated to be one of the most sought after tickets of the Games following the huge success of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, which captured the nation's imagination, with a record-breaking cumulative domestic television audience of 425 million and the creation of more than one million new rugby participants through the Impact Beyond programme.

    The race to Tokyo Olympic qualification is almost complete with 21 of the 24 teams having already secured their tickets to Tokyo. The remaining two women’s and one men’s places will be decided at an Olympic Repechage event prior to the qualification deadline.

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    View the full schedule HERE.



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