With just 32 days to go, excitement among rugby fans eagerly awaiting the sport’s readmission to the Olympic Games is building all the time and with the final match schedule now having been confirmed, supporters can plan their own viewing of the action whether they are inside the Rio venue or from the comfort of their livingrooms around the world.
Women’s players from France and Spain will have the honour of becoming the first rugby Olympians since 1924 when they kick off the highly anticipated rugby sevens event in Rio 2016 on Saturday 6 August. Over the subsequent three days, 12 teams will battle it out for gold on the biggest sporting stage of all as rugby sevens makes its debut in the Olympic Games.
And on 9 August, Australia versus France will be the first game in the men’s event with the gold medal match taking place at 19:00 (Rio time) after three thrilling days on 11 August.
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The full schedule of matches for both the men’s and women’s events has now been confirmed – each day’s action is split into two sessions with six matches involving all 12 teams taking place during each session of the early stages. The final session on day three will include four matches and the medal ceremony as the identity of rugby first Olympic champions in more than nine decades will finally be known.
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World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “We are almost there. Rugby is about to make Olympic history and, after a break of 92 years, the sport is ready to return to the programme at Rio 2016 for what we are hoping will be one of the highlights of these Games.
“Rugby sevens is a fast, thrilling sport that is capturing the imaginations of millions of people around the world and it is exciting to think that millions more fans will be created when the men’s and women’s events are beamed globally to new audiences one month from now.
“With the confirmation of the match schedules, now the players and fans know when each game is taking place and they can prepare accordingly. It really helps to bring the whole thing a little closer and it ramps up the anticipation even more.”