Sevens set to shine at Nanjing: Lapasset

The Nanjing Sports Rugby Park Field where the rugby sevens matches is held. Photo: IOC

The Nanjing Sports Rugby Park Field where the rugby sevens matches is held. Photo: IOC

Fiji will be playing their first match against Japan at 2.30pm today for the Rugby Sevens at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing and every try, tackle and pass from the men’s and women’s matches will be available live and on demand at

International Rugby Board President Bernard Lapasset is anticipating a thrilling event that will showcase the sport and its values to new audiences around the world.

In the quest for the six coveted medals, 144 athletes representing six men’s and six women’s nations will play 40 matches across the four-day event as Rugby returns to the Olympic arena for the first time in 90 years.

Japan, France, Argentina, Kenya, Fiji and USA comprise the men’s competition, with Canada, China, Spain, Australia, Tunisia and USA competing for honours in the women’s event.

Lapasset said: “This is an historic moment for Rugby around the world and an exciting time for the girls and boys who are representing our sport as we return to the Olympic stage.”

“Rugby Sevens is reaching out to new and existing fans with its winning blend of world-class players, breath-taking matches and festival atmosphere.”

Fiji plays the United States at 9.30pm, then against France at 2.30pm tomorrow and then against Argentina at 11.30pm.

Fiji’s final pool game is against Kenya at 3.30pm on Tuesday and then if qualified will play in either in the first semi-finals at 10pm or 10.30pm.

The men’s finals for gold will be played at 2.30pm and the bronze medal playoffs will be at 1.30pm on Wednesday.

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