Breaking news – the New Zealand, Australian and Argentinian rugby 7’s teams are coming to Swansea
The competition to be the winners of the World University Rugby 7’s championship is hotting up. With 6 weeks to go, the tally of countries committed to competing in the 2016 championships has risen to ten. With both men and women teams competing for their respective cups there will be twenty teams competing over the four days 6 – 9 July.
Swansea University is looking forward to welcoming the teams to Wales. It is the first time that the tournament has taken place on UK soil. The competition will take place at the world class Swansea University International Sports Village with teams staying in the near-by student accommodation with access to the Singleton Park campus facilities.
The event, which has been estimated to be worth around £1million to the local economy, will attract some of the best 7’s players from Czechoslovakia, Spain, France, Nambia, Argentina, Italy, Australia, Malaysia, Kenya, Canada, New Zealand, China, Japan, Portugal and Great Britain.
Gez Watt, the events commercial project manager, explained: “The tournament is run by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), based in Switzerland and our University had to compete at UK and World level to win the privilege to host what will be the 7th rugby championship. “
Gez said: “ Not only did we have to compete against the best venues in GB (UK?) we also had to compete against the best in the world. The final three venues were Turin, Guam and ourselves. Successfully hosting the 2014 IPC Athletic Championships and European Touch Rugby added weight to our bid.
“ As a team training base during the Rugby World Cup 2015, the Swansea University International Sports Village’s high calibre facilities boast an international reputation utilised by the Canada, Fiji and New Zealand national rugby teams amongst a range of other distinguished sporting teams and athletes. The players and coaching staff were full of praise for the venue saying that the pitch was exceptional and the Sports Village team made every effort to make them feel at home and they looked forward to returning. Hosting the FISU rugby 7’s championships will add to our growing reputation for being able to host world-class sporting events.
“Sevens is a great spectator sport. With only 7 minutes per half each game is only 14 minutes long which results in a jam-packed programme of games. We have some big rugby playing nations competing so the standard will be really high. Most of the players play for professional sides and should go on to achieve full international honours.
“There will also be a spectactor village with activities for all the family with fancy dress in abundance. Put the date in your diary now.”
- The event takes place every two years, the last tournament in 2014 took place in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
- Rugby Sevens entered the programme of the FISU World University Championships in 2004 with a first event taking place in Beijing, China which welcomed 159 rugby players from 9 countries. Since then, the number of participants has constantly grown, as well as the number of participating countries, reaching the record number of 309 participants from 18 countries at the 2012 event hosted in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France.
- The World University Championship will be delivered utilising the resources and networks of a number of partner organisation including Swansea University, British Universities and Colleges Sport and the Welsh Rugby Union.
- The Great Britain team are holders of the men’s trophy and they will be aiming for their third title in a row. The ladies will be looking to win back the trophy after their win in 2012.
Gez Watt added: “In order to deliver an excellent sporting experience for both competitors and spectators, volunteers will be at the heart of the Championship providing assistance to all those in attendance to ensure they enjoy a safe and pleasant experience.
“ A variety of roles are available based upon previous experience on a first-come first-serve basis. The University is looking for friendly and enthusiastic people with a polite manner and sociable attitude who are able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team. Apply now online at: http://www.wucrugby2016.com/volunteers.htm
For more information about the Swansea University 2016 World University Rugby Sevens Championships go to http://wucrugby2016.com.
For more information about the FISU (International University Sports Federation) go to http://www.fisu.net/en/FISU-Rugby-3577.html
- Tuesday 24 May 2016 14.55 BST
- Wednesday 25 May 2016 11.08 BST
- Swansea University, Tel: 01792 295050