Sevens is now an Olympic sport for men and women and will feature at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. World Rugby currently has 117 Unions in Membership. Rugby is embarking on a new phase of growth with the potential for the Game to have a presence in the 205 countries that make up the Olympic movement.

This Plan outlines how World Rugbywill work with it’s Member Unions to ensure that we realise the new opportunities for Rugby and the global Game. We have developed this Plan in consultation with our Member Unions, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and leaders in the playing, coaching and development of the Game. This Plan focuses on how Sevens can be a catalyst for developing the Game as a whole and increasing participation in Rugby worldwide through inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games, the continued growth and expansion of the HSBC Sevens World Series (SWS) and the establishment of sustainable Sevens competitions in each continent for men and women.

The Plan provides a framework for how World Rugby, the Regions and our Member Unions will develop Sevens globally over the next 10 years. World Rugby'sStrategic Plan through to 2020 outlines our vision for the Game globally.