A fan and coach of Rugby sevens, a variation of traditional rugby which has gained popularity throughout the world, Fidel Tukel is well-acquainted with rules and structure of the game. A variation of rugby union, rugby sevens consists of teams composed of only seven players rather than the traditional fifteen, and seven-minute halves rather than the usual forty-minute periods.
Finding its origins in Scotland over 130 years ago, rugby sevens experienced a considerable explosion in worldwide popularity in the 1970s, in large part due to the creation of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament. With the addition of the World Rugby Sevens Series in 1999, as well as the sport’s recent addition to the Olympic Games, (2016), rugby sevens promises to grow in worldwide reach and popularity for the considerable future.
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Officially sanctioned by the World Rugby organization, rugby sevens is governed more or less by the same rules which guide the 15-player version. The major exceptions to this, of course, are that of game length and team size.