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Rugby sevens at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's rugby sevens tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was held in Brazil. It was hosted at the Deodoro Stadium, a temporary outdoor stadium constructed as part of the Deodoro Modern Pentathlon Park in Rio de Janeiro. The tournament was held from 9 August to 11 August 2016, starting with group matches before finishing with the medal ceremony on 11 August. The 2016 Games marked the first time that rugby sevens has been played at the Olympics, and the first time since 1924 that any form of rugby had been played at the Olympics.

2016 Men's Olympic Rugby Sevens Tournament
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Aerial view of the Deodoro Stadium, where the Men's Rugby Sevens tournament was played.
Tournament details
Host nation Brazil
VenueDeodoro Stadium
Date9–11 August 2016
No. of nations12
Final positions
Champions Fiji
Runner-up Great Britain
Third place South Africa
Fourth place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played34
Tries scored175 (5.15 per match)
Top scorer(s)South Africa Cecil Afrika
(47 points)
Most triesUnited States Carlin Isles
(6 tries)
2020

The gold medal for Fiji represented the first Olympic medal earned by Fiji at any Olympics.[1][2][3] Great Britain won silver and South Africa defeated Japan to win the bronze medal.[4]

QualificationEdit

With Brazil being the hosts, their team automatically qualified despite their sevens team not regularly appearing in the World Rugby Sevens Series. The 2014–15 Sevens World Series was the initial stage of qualification, with the top 4 teams at the end of the series gaining qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games. Between June and September 2015, each of the six regional rugby unions held an Olympic qualification event, where one team from each region qualified, bringing the total up to 11 teams qualified. The final spot was determined by a repechage tournament held in Monaco, where the winner of that event became the final team to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

As a result of England finishing fourth in the 2014–15 Sevens World Series, Great Britain were awarded a spot in the Olympic Games, despite the other nations failing to qualify in the top 4. This is because Great Britain compete as one union in the Olympics and as several in international rugby (Rugby Football Union for England, Welsh Rugby Union, Scottish Rugby Union and the combined Irish Rugby Football Union for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), which meant should one of either the England, Wales or Scotland teams qualify, then Great Britain would be awarded a spot in the Olympic Games. It was decided players based in Northern Ireland were not eligible to represent Great Britain in the rugby sevens tournament as these players represent the IRFU, and the union demanded that Northern Irish players that have committed to play for the Irish rugby union, only play for Ireland despite being eligible under IOC rules to compete for Great Britain.[5][6][7] The three remaining unions agreed in advance of the 2013–14 Sevens World Series that their highest-finishing teams in that season would represent all three unions in the first stage of qualification.

Qualified teamsEdit

Nation Means of qualification
  Brazil Host nation
  Fiji 2014–15 Sevens World Series top 4 finishers
  Great Britain
  New Zealand
  South Africa
  Argentina 2015 CONSUR Sevens Champions
  United States 2015 NACRA Sevens Champions
  France 2015 Rugby Europe Sevens Champions
  Japan 2015 ARFU Sevens Champions
  Australia 2015 Oceania Sevens Champions
  Kenya 2015 Africa Cup Sevens Champions
  Spain 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Champions

SquadsEdit

DrawEdit

The draw for the tournament took place on 28 June 2016. The 12 teams were seeded based on their points they have accumulated over the past two seasons on the Sevens Series circuit. The four teams that qualified directly from the 2014–15 Sevens World Series were guaranteed a top four seeding, with their positioning determined by their combined score over the two seasons.[8][9]

Seed 1 Seed 2 Seed 3

Competition scheduleEdit

The men's rugby tournament takes place over three days:[10]

Date Event
August 9 12 group play matches
August 10 6 group play matches
Quarterfinals
August 11 Semifinals
Final and bronze matches
Medal ceremony

Match officialsEdit

World Rugby announced a panel of twelve match officials on 11 April 2016 for the men's sevens.[11][12] Two Brazilians were latter added assistant referees.

Pool stageEdit

In pool play, each team plays one match against the other three teams in the group. Three points are awarded for a win, two points - for a draw, and one point - for a loss.[13]

Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals. Third place teams drop to a third-placed teams table, where the top two third placed teams advance to the quarter-finals. Rankings are based on competition points; if teams are tied, the next tiebreaker is points difference.[8][13]

Pool AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Fiji 3 3 0 0 85 45 +40 9 Quarter-finals
2   Argentina 3 2 0 1 62 35 +27 7
3   United States 3 1 0 2 59 41 +18 5
4   Brazil 3 0 0 3 12 97 −85 3
Source: World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.


9 August 2016
13:00
United States   14–17   Argentina
Try: Penalty try 11' c
Barrett 12' c
Con: Hughes (2/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Müller 4' c
Luna 8' m
Moroni 14' m
Con: Revol (1/3)
9 August 2016
13:30
Fiji   40–12   Brazil
Try: Veremalua (2) 6' c, 12' c
Kolinisau 8' c
Tuisova (2) 9' m, 13' c
Viriviri 10' c
Con: Kolinisau (2/2)
Ravouvou (3/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Claro 4' m
Albuquerque 14' c
Con: Duque (0/1)
A. Silva (1/1)

9 August 2016
18:00
United States   26–0   Brazil
Try: Niua 3' c
Ebner 7' c
Isles 13' m
Unufe 14' c
Con: Hughes (3/4)
Report
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Matthew O'Brien (Australia)
9 August 2016
18:30
Fiji   21–14   Argentina
Try: Tuisova 2' c
Taliga (2) 11' c, 12' c
Con: Ravouvou (1/1)
Kolinisau (2/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Sábato 5' c
Álvarez 8' c
Con: Revol (2/2)

10 August 2016
13:00
Argentina   31–0   Brazil
Try: Müller 4' m
Revol 6' c
Álvarez 7' c
Schulz 11' c
Bruzzone 13' m
Con: Revol (3/5)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
10 August 2016
13:30
Fiji   24–19   United States
Try: Kolinisau 6' c
Ravouvou 7' m
Mata 9' c
Kunatani 12' m
Con: Kolinisau (2/3)
Ravouvou (0/1)
Report Try: Barrett 4' c
Baker 8' c
Ebner 13' m
Con: Hughes (2/3)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Richard Kelly (New Zealand)

Pool BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   South Africa 3 2 0 1 55 12 +43 7 Quarter-finals
2   France 3 2 0 1 57 45 +12 7
3   Australia 3 2 0 1 52 48 +4 7
4   Spain 3 0 0 3 17 76 −59 3
Source: World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.


9 August 2016
11:00
Australia   14–31   France
Try: Parahi 8' c
Jenkins 9' c
Con: Stannard (2/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Bouhraoua (3) 4' c, 6' c, 14' c
Dall'igna 13' c
Con: Bouhraoua (3/3)
Inigo (1/1)
Pen: Bouhraoua (1/1) 7'
9 August 2016
11:30
South Africa   24–0   Spain
Try: Afrika (2) 1' c, 7' c
Senatla 8' m
Snyman 12' m
Con: Afrika (2/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)

9 August 2016
16:00
Australia   26–12   Spain
Try: Clark 1' c
Parahi 7' c
Porch 8' m
Foley 14' c
Con: Stannard (3/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Poggi (2) 2' m, 4' c
Con: Hernández (1/2)
9 August 2016
16:30
South Africa   26–0   France
Try: Geduld 1' c
Smith 4' c
Brown 6' m
Sage 12' c
Con: Afrika (3/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Richard Kelly (New Zealand)

10 August 2016
11:00
France   26–5   Spain
Try: Vakatawa (2) 4' c, 8' m
Cler 10' c
Aicardi 12' c
Con: Bouhraoua (3/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Sempere 14' m
Con: Genua (0/1)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Anthony Moyes (Australia)
10 August 2016
11:30
South Africa   5–12   Australia
Try: Senatla 11' m
Con: Kolbe (0/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Parahi 3' c
Cusack 6' m
Con: Stannard (1/2)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)

Pool CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Great Britain 3 3 0 0 73 45 +28 9 Quarter-finals
2   Japan 3 2 0 1 64 40 +24 7
3   New Zealand 3 1 0 2 59 40 +19 5
4   Kenya 3 0 0 3 19 90 −71 3
Source: World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.


9 August 2016
12:00
Great Britain   31–7   Kenya
Try: Norton 2' m
Burgess 4' c
Bibby (2) 6' m, 12' c
Bennett 7' c
Con: Mitchell (3/4)
Bibby (0/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Odhiambo 8' c
Con: Adema (1/1)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
9 August 2016
12:30
New Zealand   12–14   Japan
Try: Curry 6' c
A. Ioane 10' m
Con: Kaka (1/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Goto 3' c
Soejima 12' c
Con: Lemeki (1/1)
Sakai (1/1)

9 August 2016
17:00
Great Britain   21–19   Japan
Try: Rodwell (2) 1' c, 2' c
Watson 13' c
Con: Mitchell (3/3)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Lemeki (2) 6' c, 14' m
Sakai 11' c
Con: Goya (1/1)
Sakai (1/2)
9 August 2016
17:30
New Zealand   28–5   Kenya
Try: Penalty try 3' c
Ioane 4' c
Pulu 11' c
Ormond 14' c
Con: Pulu (3/3)
Kaka (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Injera 1' m
Con: Adema (0/1)

10 August 2016
12:00
Kenya   7–31   Japan
Try: Injera 4' c
Con: Oliech (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Hano 1' c
Lemeki (2) 7' c, 13' m
Goya 9' m
Penalty try 11' c
Con: Goya (3/5)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Matthew O'Brien (Australia)
10 August 2016
12:30
New Zealand   19–21   Great Britain
Try: R. Ioane 9' m
Ware 11' c
Ormond 13' c
Con: Kaka (2/3)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Bennett 2' c
Davies 5' c
Norton 7' c
Con: Mitchell (3/3)

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

The top two of the third-placed teams advance to the knockout rounds.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 B   Australia 3 2 0 1 52 48 +4 7 Knockout stage
2 C   New Zealand 3 1 0 2 59 40 +19 5
3 A   United States 3 1 0 2 59 41 +18 5
Source: Rio2016
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Point differential; 3) Points scored; 4) Lots drawn by World Rugby

Knockout stageEdit

The quarterfinals were scheduled for August 10, with the semifinals and finals scheduled for August 11.[10]

9–12th place playoffEdit

 
Semi-finals9th Place Final
 
      
 
10 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
 
  United States24
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  Brazil12
 
  United States24
 
10 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  Spain12
 
  Spain14
 
 
  Kenya12
 
11th Place
 
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
 
  Brazil0
 
 
  Kenya24

Semi-finalsEdit

10 August 2016
16:00
United States   24–12   Brazil
Try: Isles (3) 4' m, 7' m, 10' c
Barrett 6' c
Con: Hughes (2/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: D. Sancery 3' m
Bourda-Couhet 11' c
Con: Duque (1/2)

10 August 2016
16:30
Spain   14–12   Kenya
Try: Poggi (2) 7' c, 8' c
Con: Hernández (2/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Amonde 4' m
Odhiambo 12' c
Con: Adema (0/1)
Oliech (1/1) 12'
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Taku Otsuki (Japan)

11th PlaceEdit

11 August 2016
12:30
Brazil   0–24   Kenya
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Odhiambo (3) 1' m, 6' c, 10 c
Ambaka 8' m
Con: Oliech (1/2)
Injera (0/1)
Adema (1/1)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)

9th Place FinalEdit

11 August 2016
13:00
United States   24–12   Spain
Try: Barrett 4' c
Isles (2) 7' m, 14' m
Unufe 12' c
Con: Hughes (1/2)
Wyles (1/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Fontes 2' m
López 10' c
Con: Genua (0/1)
Hernández (1/1)

5–8th place playoffEdit

 
Semi-finals5th Place Final
 
      
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
 
  New Zealand24
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  France19
 
  New Zealand17
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  Argentina14
 
  Argentina26
 
 
  Australia21
 
7th Place
 
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
 
  France12
 
 
  Australia10

Semi-finalsEdit

11 August 2016
13:30
New Zealand   24–19   France
Try: Ware (2) 2' m, 12' c
A. Ioane 8' m
R. Ioane 10' c
Con: Kaka (2/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Parez (2) 4' c, 7' m
Valleau 14' c
Con: Bouhraoua (2/3)

11 August 2016
14:00
Argentina   26–21   Australia
Try: Revol (2) 7' m, 10' c
Moroni (2) 11' c, 14' c
Con: Revol (3/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Cusack (2) 1' c, 2' c
Foley 6' c
Con: Stannard (3/3)

Seventh PlaceEdit

11 August 2016
17:30
France   12–10   Australia
Try: Bouhraoua 6' m
Candelon 8' c
Con: Bouhraoua (1/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Hutchison 1' m
Jenkins 13' m
Con: Stannard (0/2)

Fifth Place FinalEdit

11 August 2016
18:00
New Zealand   17–14   Argentina
Try: A. Ioane 5' m
Mikkelson 9' m
R. Ioane 11' c
Con: Pulu (0/2)
Kaka (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Imhoff 13' c
Moroni 14' c
Con: Revol (2/2)

Medal PlayoffEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold Medal Match
 
          
 
10 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
 
  Fiji12
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  New Zealand7
 
  Fiji20
 
10 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  Japan5
 
  Japan12
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  France7
 
  Fiji43
 
10 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  Great Britain7
 
  Great Britain 5 (a.e.t.)
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  Argentina0
 
  Great Britain7
 
10 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  South Africa5 Bronze Medal Match
 
  South Africa22
 
11 August 2016 – Deodoro Stadium
 
  Australia5
 
  Japan14
 
 
  South Africa54
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

10 August 2016
17:00
Fiji   12–7   New Zealand
Try: Kolinisau 2' m
Tuwai 8' c
Con: Ravouvou (0/1)
Kolinisau (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Kaka 6' c
Con: Pulu (1/1)

10 August 2016
17:30
Japan   12–7   France
Try: Tuqiri 8' m
Goto 7' c
Con: Sakai (1/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Cler 4' c
Con: Bouhraoua (1/1)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Richard Kelly (New Zealand)

10 August 2016
18:00
Great Britain   5–0 (a.e.t.)   Argentina
Try: Bibby 18'
Pen: Mitchell (0/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Pen: Revol (0/1)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)

10 August 2016
18:30
South Africa   22–5   Australia
Try: Speckman 3' m
Senatla 5' m, 12' m
Brown 10' c
Con: Afrika (1/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Cusack 7' m
Con: Clark (0/1)

Semi-finalsEdit

11 August 2016
14:30
Fiji   20–5   Japan
Try: Ravouvou 1' m
Tuisova 6' m
Kunatani 9' m
Tuwai 10' m
Con: Ravouvou (0/3)
Kolinisau (0/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Goto 4' m
Con: Lemeki (0/1)

11 August 2016
15:00
Great Britain   7–5   South Africa
Try: Norton 8' c
Con: Mitchell (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Brown 2' m
Con: Afrika (0/1)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Richard Kelly (New Zealand)

Bronze Medal MatchEdit

11 August 2016
18:30
Japan   14–54   South Africa  
Try: Kuwazuru 8' c
Goya 11' c
Con: Goya (2/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: De Jongh 1' c
Speckman (3) 3' c, 10' c, 19' c
Afrika (2) 12' c, 15' c
Geduld 17' m
Kolbe 20' c
Con: Afrika (5/6)
Geduld (2/2)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)

Gold Medal MatchEdit

11 August 2016
19:00
  Fiji   43–7   Great Britain  
Try: Kolinisau 1' m
Tuwai 3' c
Veremalua 7' m
Nakarawa 8' m
Ravouvou 10' c
Tuisova 14' c
Mata 19' c
Con: Ravouvou (1/2)
Kolinisau (2/4)
Taliga (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Norton 16' c
Con: Watson (1/1)


Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Matches Points Avg points Tries Avg tries
    Fiji 6 160 26.67 26 4.33
    Great Britain 6 92 15.33 14 2.33
    South Africa 6 136 22.67 22 3.67
4   Japan 6 95 15.83 15 2.50
5   New Zealand 6 107 17.83 17 2.83
6   Argentina 6 102 17.00 16 2.67
7   France 6 95 15.83 14 2.33
8   Australia 6 88 14.67 14 2.33
9   United States 5 107 21.4 17 3.40
10   Spain 5 43 8.6 7 1.40
11   Kenya 5 55 11.00 9 1.80
12   Brazil 5 24 4.8 4 0.80

Player statisticsEdit

Try scorersEdit

Point scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit