With the seedings for the 24-team men’s and 16-team women’s competitions now finalised, World Rugby expects to announce the match schedule shortly, enabling fans to start to plan their tournament experience.

In the men’s competition, the eight quarter-finalists from RWC Sevens 2013 and 2018 hosts USA qualified automatically and were joined by the four highest ranked teams outside of these nations on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17. The remaining 11 teams successfully negotiated the regional qualification process.

The top 14 seeds are ranked according to points accrued on the 2016-17 series and first seven rounds of 2018 in Dubai, Cape Town, Sydney, Hamilton, Las Vegas, Vancouver and Hong Kong.

The remaining 10 teams are ranked according to their placing in last weekend's World Series qualifier in Hong Kong with Tonga seeded 24th having not taken part in that event.

The innovative tournament format will see an initial knock-out qualifier featuring the nations ranked ninth to 24th, while the top eight seeds progress automatically to the round of 16. 

This means that HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series leaders South Africa are top seeds with Olympic champions Fiji seeded second. Defending Rugby World Cup Sevens champions New Zealand are seeded third ahead of the side they beat  in that 2013 final, England. Host nation USA, who were victorious in the recent Las Vegas round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, are the fifth seeds.

In the women's competition, the four semi-finalists at Moscow 2013 qualified automatically and were joined by the four highest ranked teams outside of these on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2016-17. The remaining eight teams booked their tickets to San Francisco via the regional qualification process.

The top 10 seeds are ranked according to points accrued on the 2016-17 series and first two rounds of 2018 in Dubai and Sydney, with Japan seeded 11 by virtue of their place as a core team on the 2018 series. The five remaining teams are ranked by their placing in the World Series qualifier in Hong Kong, won by China.

Defending champions New Zealand are the top seeds ahead of Olympic champions and current HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2018 leaders Australia in second. Canada are seeded third, ahead of Russia in fourth and hosts USA in fifth.

RWC Sevens - Women's tournament

Team

Seedings

New Zealand

1

Australia

2

Canada

3

Russia

4

USA

5

France

6

Fiji

7

England

8

Ireland

9

Spain 

10

Japan

11

China

12

South Africa

13

Brazil

14

Papua New Guinea

15

Mexico

16

  

RWC Sevens - Men's tournament

Team

Seedings

South Africa1
Fiji2
New Zealand3
England4
United States5
Australia6
Argentina7
Scotland8
Kenya9
Canada10
France11
Wales12
Samoa13
Russia14
Japan15
Ireland16
Chile17
Uruguay18
Hong Kong19
Uganda20
Zimbabwe21
Jamaica22
Papua New Guinea23
Tonga24