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) – Qualifiers: Japan and Hong Kong
Africa (2 teams) – Qualifiers: Uganda and Zimbabwe
North America (1 team)
South America (2 teams)
Oceania (2 teams) – Qualifier: Papua New Guinea

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: Ireland and England 
Asia (2 teams) – Qualifiers: Japan and China
Africa (1 team) – Qualifier: South Africa
North America (1 team)
South America (1 team) – Qualifier: Brazil
Oceania (1 team) – Qualifier: Papua New Guinea

QUALIFYING EVENTS

Region Event Date of final event Participating Teams
Africa 1/Africa 2 Rugby Africa Men's Sevens Championship  6-7 October, 2017 Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Tunisia, Senegal, Botswana, Morocco, Mauritius, Zambia
North America 1 Rugby Americas North Men's Sevens Championship 25-26 November, 2017 Mexico, Cayman, Bermuda, Jamaica, BVI, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Curacao, Dominican Republic
Asia 1/Asia 2 Asia Rugby Sevens Series 14-15 October, 2017 Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei
Oceania 1 Oceania Rugby Men's Sevens Championship 10-11 November, 2017 Fiji, American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu
Oceania 2 Pacific Mini Games December 2017 TBC
South America 1/South America 2 Sudamerica Rugby Men's Sevens 13-14 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 Rugby Africa Women's Sevens Championship  16-17 September, 2017 South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Uganda, Namibia, Madagascar, Senegal
North America 1 Rugby Americas North Women's Sevens Championship 25-26 November, 2017 Mexico, Bermuda, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Dominican Republic, French Guyana
Asia 1/Asia 2 Asia Rugby Women's Sevens Series 14-15 October, 2017 Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Guam, Korea, Sri Lanka
Oceania 1 Oceania Rugby Women's Sevens Championship  10-11 November, 2017 Fiji, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Tahiti
South America 1 Sudamerica Rugby Women's Sevens 10-11 November, 2017 Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
Bold indicates participating team already qualified through pre-qualification and/or World Series