2013 World Cup 7s in June
London: Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) and the Rugby Union of Russia have announced that Rugby Sevens World Cup 2013 will take place in Moscow on June 28-30 with tournament organisers anticipating an outstanding event on and off the field.
With rugby in Russia really taking off, interest is already building ahead of an event that will see 24 men’s teams vying for the coveted Melrose Cup, while the top 16 women’s teams in the world will also compete at the Luzhnki Stadium in Moscow.
Three years out from Rugby Sevens’ Olympic Games debut at the Rio Games, the showcase event will provide a compelling indication of form for the world’s top rugby 7s nations and underscore the ever-increasing global competitiveness in both men’s and women’s 7s.
Rugby World Cup 7s is the premier international competition contested by the men’s and women’s national 7s teams every four years.
The inaugural tournament was held in 1993 in Scotland, the birthplace of rugby 7s, and the 2013 edition will be the sixth in the tournament’s history.
Wales are the current men’s world champions having won the tournament in Dubai in 2009 with Australia having taken the inaugural women’s title. Fiji has won the men’s tournament twice with New Zealand and England also having won the title.
The men’s winner is awarded the Melrose Cup, named after the Scottish town where rugby 7s was first played.
The ambassadors for the event have also been unveiled as Russian players Vladimir Ostroushko, Vasily Artemyev, Anastasia Mukharyamova and Elena Shevtsova (see below).
The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 website has just gone live with more details about the tournament as well as an opportunity to register for ticketing information.
The website can be found at www.rwcsevens.com.
With rugby 7s forming part of the summer programme for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, coupled with the ever-increasing popularity of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the shorter format of the Game continues to go from strength to strength.
One of those to benefit from the addition of Rugby to the Olympic family is host nation Russia.
The Russian government has pledged support to the sport and the tournament as the host seeks to build a team of world-beaters in time for next year’s tournament and with an eye on Rio.
“The IRB has shown great vision by entrusting the running of this great tournament to us,” Rugby Union of Russia president, Vyacheslav Kopiev said.
“We have made real progress in recent years and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will be the next step along the way to Russia becoming a rugby superpower.
Indeed, our national team’s performances at the recent Rugby World Cup in New Zealand showed the world how far we have already come along the way.”
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will see the finest men’s and women’s teams battle for a prize that will set the scene ahead of Rugby Sevens’ Olympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The Rugby Union of Russia, the city of Moscow and the Russian government will work together to host an event that will showcase the best of Russia and the very best of rugby 7s.
“We are committed to delivering an exceptional event.
“We hope to welcome supporters from other countries to Moscow while also engaging the local population and switching them on to rugby 7s,” Kopiev said.