Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 will feature 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams across four days of competition at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

There will be three aspects to the qualification process with teams qualified by virtue of their finish at RWC Sevens 2013 in Moscow, via the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 or through regional competitions.

MEN’S COMPETITION

All eight quarter-finalists from RWC Sevens 2013 in Moscow (New Zealand, England, Fiji, Kenya, South Africa, Wales, Australia and France) qualified automatically for the 2018 edition of the tournament as did host team USA. Under the agreed qualification process, the top four teams outside of those nine at the 2016-17 series would book their place in San Francisco, meaning that Scotland, Canada, Argentina and Samoa are now confirmed.

The remaining 11 places will be filled by teams through regional competitions from June 2017 to April 2018 as follows:

Europe (2 teams) – Qualifiers: Russia and Ireland 
Asia (2 teams)
Africa (2 teams)
North America (1 team)
South America (2 teams)
Oceania (2 teams)

WOMEN’S COMPETITION

The four semi-finalists from Moscow 2013 are pre-qualified in New Zealand, Canada, Spain and USA.

Under the agreed qualification process, the top four nations from the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016-17 – excluding these pre-qualified teams – would confirm their places at RWC Sevens 2018, meaning that Australia, Fiji, Russia and France are now qualified.

The remaining eight places will be filled by teams through regional competitions from June 2017 to April 2018 as follows:

Europe (2 teams) – Qualifiers: England and Ireland 
Asia (2 teams)
Africa (1 team) - Qualifier: South Africa
North America (1 team)
South America (1 team)
Oceania (1 team)

QUALIFYING EVENTS

Region Event Date of final event Participating Teams
Africa 1/Africa 2 African Men's Sevens Championship  7 October 2017 Uganda, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Tunisia, Senegal, Botswana, Nigeria, Morocco
North America 1 RAN Men's Sevens Championship 12 November 2017 Mexico, Cayman, Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, BVI, St Lucia, St Vincent, Barbados,  Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Curacao
Asia 1/Asia 2 Asia Rugby Sevens Series 16 October 2017 Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei
Oceania 1/Oceania2 Oceania Rugby Men's Sevens Championship 30 November 2017 Fiji, America Samoa, Cook Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga
South America 1/South America 2 Sudamerica Men's Sevens January 2018 TBC
Bold indicates participating team already qualified through pre qualification and/or World Series

 

Region Event Date of final event Participating Teams
Africa 1 Rugy Afrique Women's Sevens Championship  17 September 2017 South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Uganda, Namibia, Madagascar, Senegal
North America 1 RAN Women's Sevens Championship 12 November 2017 Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, St Lucia, St Vincents, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Curaaco
Asia 1/Asia 2 Asia Rugby Women's Sevens Series 16 October 2017 Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Guam, South Korea, Sri Lanka
Oceania 1 Oceania Rugby Women's Sevens Championship  30 November 2017 Fiji, Cook Islands, New Zealand, PNG, Samoa, Tonga
South America 1 Sudamerica Women's Sevens January 2018 TBC
Bold indicates participating team already qualified through pre qualification and/or World Series