Welcome to the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 media information website. This page is designed to provide you with all the information you require to cover the men’s and women’s showcase competitions taking place at AT&T Park in San Francisco between 20-22 July, 2018.

ACCREDITATION

Media Accreditation is NOW OPEN! Click here to apply.

Please note that accreditation is required to access the competition venue.

We will also be providing regular newsletters for accredited media with operational updates regarding events, facilities, transport and media news.

Please email media@woldrugby.org if you wish to receive media releases on RWC Sevens 2018 and other World Rugby events.

 

Media Accommodation

The Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco is the recommended hotel accommodation for accredited media members. For more details on making a reservation please click here

 

VISA entry into the United States

Media will need to secure their respective visas. Please visit the following website for more details around the requirements: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html

Having a US visa allows you to travel to a port of entry, airport or land border crossing, and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector to enter the United States. While having a visa does not guarantee entry to the United States, it does indicate a consular officer at a US Embassy or Consulate abroad has determined you are eligible to seek entry for that specific purpose. DHS/CBP inspectors, guardians of the nation’s borders, are responsible for admission of travelers to the United States, for a specified status and period of time. DHS also has responsibility for immigration matters while you are present in the United States.

What types of visas are there?

The type of visa you must obtain is defined by US immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel. There are two main categories of US visas:

 

TOURNAMENT BACKGROUND

The hosting rights to Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 were awarded to USA Rugby by the World Rugby Council in May 2015.

It features 24 men’s and 16 women’s international teams and RWC 2018 is the seventh edition of the showcase event, which was first held in Scotland in 1993.

New Zealand are the reigning champions in both the men’s and women’s competitions, having lifted the silverware in Russia in 2013.

Rugby sevens made its Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016 and was an immediate hit. Australia are the women’s Olympic champions and Fiji the men’s. Recent Nielsen research illustrated the huge impact of the Olympic Games in growing rugby’s global appeal, attracting more than 30 million new fans to the sport worldwide.

World Rugby’s annual sevens competitions are the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

THE GLOBAL GOVERNING BODY

World Rugby is the global governing body for the sport of rugby worldwide and owner of Rugby World Cup. With 121 national unions affiliated through six regional associations, World Rugby is responsible for the development and growth of rugby worldwide, the guardians of its regulations and laws and major international events, including Rugby World Cup tournaments, the men’s and women’s sevens series, Pacific Nations Cup, Nations Cup, U20 Championship and several others. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, World Rugby is investing an anticipated £266 million between 2016-19, eclipsing the record for the previous four-year cycle by 38 per cent, reflecting a commitment to supporting sustainable growth. 

USA RUGBY: THE HOST UNION

USA Rugby is the host union for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, and will manage and deliver the tournament, hosted in San Francisco at AT&T Park, home to the Major League Baseball team San Francisco Giants.

USA is one of the fastest-growing rugby markets in the world and recent Nielsen research confirmed that USA has the second-largest fan-base with more than 33 million people either very interested or interested in the sport, highlighting the huge potential for the sport.

CONTACTS

World Rugby – Media contact: Suzi Murray : Suzi.Murray@worldrugby.org

USA Rugby -  Media contact: media@rwcsevens2018.com

USA Rugby – Tournament contact: info@rwcsevens2018.com

USA Rugby - Sponsorship contact: partnerships@rwcsevens2018.com