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FISU and World Rugby

FISU’s partnership with World Rugby dates back to 2004 when the inaugural World University Rugby Sevens Championship took place in Beijing, China, and is where the discipline became an official FISU sport. Since then, Rugby Sevens has also become an established part of the FISU World University Games, and is now set for a first FISU World Cup.

FISU University World Cup Rugby Sevens

In 2022, the first-ever FISU University World Cup Rugby Sevens will be held in Kazan, Russia. From 12 to 14 August, 2022, eight men’s and eight women’s teams will compete for the University World Cup crown, following a qualifying pathway set to involve 16 men's and 16 women's teams from across five regions.






FISU deadline for
team selection


11-17 October, 2021
Kuala Lumpur, MAS

Both gender

December 2021




Both gender


9-10 October, 2021

Kampala, UGA

Both gender

FISU America


La Plata, ARG


FISU Oceania



Both gender


World University Games

The 32nd FISU Universiade World University Games will be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia on 8 – 19 August, 2023.

Rugby Sevens made its FISU World University Games debut in Kazan in 2013 and also featured in the Napoli Games of 2019 where Japan won both men's and women's gold. France also earned podium positions at both editions, taking silver in Kazan and bronze in Napoli, while South Africa finished runners-up in Napoli and Russia won bronze in Kazan. 

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Rugby World Cup joint host selection process

Rugby World Cup

Wed 24 November, 2021

World Rugby adopts partnership approach to Rugby World Cup host selection and confirms exclusive Preferred Candidate and Targeted Dialogue unions

The World Rugby Council has approved revisions to the Rugby World Cup host selection process, awarding exclusive Preferred Candidate status to England for Rugby World Cup 2025 and Australia for Rugby World Cup 2027 while confirming USA will enter into exclusive targeted dialogue for Rugby World Cup 2031 within a model that focuses on building meaningful partnerships between World Rugby and potential host countries.
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