7s rugby rules variations
7s rugby rules, simply rugby with some rule variations making
it a faster, shorter game. Know your rugby and these variations.
Rugby sevens or Seven-a-side rugby as it used to be called
or 7s rugby or rugby 7s !!! has become very popular over the years.
The game of Sevens is played in
festival-like, knock-out type, fun-filled competions
rather than home and away fixtures like normal rugby.
Many Sevens competitions are held locally
the best known probably being
the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.
It`s a very fast game
played at top speed with wide open spaces.
Although with a reduced number of players
the game is still played on a full size rugby pitch.
There tends to be a light-hearted atmosphere
and more room to move.
So it`s not always the fancied teams that win.
Teams with players prepared to throw the ball about,
keep the ball alive,
take a few risks (only calculated ones, of course!)
and use plenty of rugby sidesteps
provide outstanding entertainment and
often surprise everybody.
In "cut down" rugby numbers are reduced, running skills and crafty footwork become more important.
The scrum is reduced from 8 to 3 players, just
the front row.
backs have the usual scrumhalf and flyhalf but only one
centre and one
wing instead of two of each.
There is no fullback, wing covers that role.
You need the good skills and knowledge of
how to play that you need for any other rugby. Find it here!
Get what you need when you
explore the rest of the site.
Almost all you will
find is just as valuable in 7s as it is in any other rugby.
When you have top skills you will excel in 7s rugby.
Your good passing, dummies, change of pace and evasion skills are great for
the less crowded game.
The normal rules
are used with just a few variations...
Law 3. Number of players and substitution.
Not surprisingly this variation
specifies a maximum of 7 players per team
on the rugby playing field at any time.
Law 5. Time(Game time, half time and extra time).
Play is only seven minutes each half or
ten minutes for a competition final.
Law 6. Match Officials.
Minor extra duties for the match official
and the addition of in-goal judges
one at each end of the field.
Perhaps extra officials are needed because
the game is so fast and open.
The nature of the game means it`s
not so easy to defend in depth.
Often one sidestep is enough to
get a run straight through to the try-line.
The referee would not be expected to keep up with play
and someone is needed to be well placed
to make decisions. The in-goal judges
will be right there
when you score loads of tries!
On the World Rugby site read the
be sure you know
the 7s rugby rules inside-out.
Then do that to the opposition.
Turn them inside-out
when you learn to sidestep Only 7 players so more space!
There are many more one-on-one encounters.
Evasion skills are much more damaging.
You'll find all you need on evasion
on the sidesteps page.
More on 7s at