Dubai Rugby Sevens

Rugby sevens is a variant of traditional rugby, played with seven players instead of 15. Originating in Melrose, Scotland and is now recognized as an Olympic sport, debuting at the summer 2016 Olympics.

The Dubai Sevens is an annual tournament, held in the Sevens Stadium, built specifically to host the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens. Each game is split in to two seven minute halves with a one minute halftime break. It’s been sponsored by Emirates since 1987, but has taken place in Dubai since 1970. Notice a pattern here? There are actually seven more tournaments of the Mens 75 series after the Dubai Sevens. Teams are awarded seven points after a converted try. The New Zealand team has taken the championships 7 times, including 1997.

Samoa is currently the reigning champion of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament, winning over New Zealand last year in the finals. Dubai is actually the only place where a mens and womens tournament runs side by side, as the IRB Womens takes place on Thursday and Friday, while the HSBC Mens takes place on Friday and Saturday.

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