World Rugby has confirmed the six men’s and six women’s teams that will participate in the rugby sevens competitions at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 13-15 October.
Rugby sevens is featuring at a Youth Olympic Games for the second time, having made a blistering debut in Nanjing, China, four years ago where Australia’s women and France’s men struck gold.
The Youth Olympic Games are an important player development pathway for aspiring Olympic athletes with workshops off the field complementing the action on the field.
In Buenos Aires, the men’s competition will feature hosts and 2014 silver medallists Argentina, France, Japan, Samoa, South Africa and USA. The women’s competition will comprise Canada, Colombia, France, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and Tunisia.
In the men’s competition Samoa and South Africa will make their Youth Olympic Games debuts, while Colombia, France, Kazakhstan and New Zealand will all make their first appearance in the women’s tournament.
The teams were confirmed and ratified by World Rugby and the International Olympic Committee after the selection of participating team sports by the respective National Olympic Committees.
In total 144 players aged 16-18 will participate with one nation from each of World Rugby’s six regional associations being represented in both the men’s and women’s tournaments following a series of qualification events in 2017 and 2018.
Rugby sevens will be one of 32 sports to feature at Buenos Aires 2018 and the competitions will take place at Club Atletico San Isidro sede la Boya.
Many more players will now have their eyes on the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where rugby sevens has already been confirmed on the sports programme.
Youth Olympic Games rugby sevens teams, Buenos Aires 2018
Women's: Colombia, France, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Tunisia, Canada
Men's: Argentina, France, Japan, Samoa, South Africa, USA