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A New Zealand rugby team had toured South Africa, which had been banned from the Olympics since because of its apartheid politics. Retrieved 2 March At Rio, however, rugby union will be substituted by a variant called rugby sevens. It was subsequently featured at the London games in , the Antwerp games in and the Paris games in Your destination for all things Swim. GLOBAL RANKING POINTS

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In April concerns were raised by the World Rugby head of competitions and performance, Mark Egan, about progress of construction at the temporary 15,seater stadium. Qualification began with the —15 Sevens World Series men's and —15 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series , where the 4 teams at the top of the standings qualified for the Olympic Games. In June—September , each of the six regional rugby unions held an Olympic qualification event, where one team from each region qualified.

The final spot will be determined by a repechage tournament. It will comprise 16 teams from the regional qualifiers: As a result of Great Britain competing as one union in the Olympics and as several in international rugby England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Irish players that choose to play for the Irish Rugby Union , should one of either the England, Wales or Scotland teams qualify then Great Britain will be awarded a spot in the Olympic Games.

These three British unions agreed in advance of the —14 men's and women's Sevens World Series that their highest-finishing teams in that season would represent all three unions in the first stage of qualification in both —15 series. The England men's and women's teams earned the right to represent the British unions in that stage of their respective competitions.

South Africa won the continental qualifier, but did not participate in the Olympics. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee 's qualification criteria do not permit qualification via the continental route. The competition will run August 6— The international structure of rugby union with respect to Great Britain and Northern Ireland is similar to that of association football, but with its own unique features. In football, the four Home Nations within the United Kingdom England , Wales , Scotland and Northern Ireland all field separate national teams, which led to a controversy over how to field a combined Great Britain football team at the Olympics.

The Republic of Ireland fields its own national team in football. In rugby union, the three Home Nations that share the island of Great Britain also have their own national teams.

Ireland , by contrast, is not divided for rugby purposes—the sport is organised on an All-Ireland basis, with a single governing body for the entire island. This structure led to some minor issues regarding participation of a Great Britain team in the qualifying stages of the Games. Due to a tradition of cooperation between the governing bodies of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland—especially during the quadrennial tours of the Southern Hemisphere by the unified British and Irish Lions a-side team—these were far less contentious than in football; as early as , World Rugby then known as the International Rugby Board endorsed the concept of a united Great Britain team for the Games.

In August , a provisional plan was announced by which England, Scotland and Wales would all be able to qualify as a Great Britain sevens team for the Games. The first qualifying stage is planned to be the — men's Sevens World Series and World Rugby Women's Sevens Series , with the top four teams of each sex at the end of that season advancing to the Games. All three nations are "core teams" that participate in every event of the men's Sevens Series; the Women's Sevens Series began in — with England as one of the six core teams.

Should any of the three teams finish in a qualifying spot at any stage, Great Britain will send a team to the Games. At that ceremony, International Olympic Committee President, Juan Antonio Samaranch , pointed out that rugby's history and values were very much in tune with the Olympic philosophy and traditions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the a-side version of the game, which was discontinued at the Summer Olympics after , as well as the History of the subsequent efforts to re-include rugby fifteens.

For the 7-a-side version of the game introduced as a result of those efforts for the Summer Olympics and beyond, see Rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics and Rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics. List of Olympic venues in rugby. Retrieved 4 January Retrieved 15 May Archived from the original on 5 November Retrieved 21 May African Americans in sports. Retrieved 26 October Archived from the original on 20 October Retrieved 2 March Journal of Olympic History.

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