Vancouver is a stop on the World Rugby Sevens Series tour. The Canada Sevens is a two-day tournament featuring top rugby teams from around the globe.
If you are a rugby fan or a fan of sports in general, then this is an event you likely won’t want to miss.
RUGBY SEVENS RETURNS TO VANCOUVER
A year and a half after the last World Rugby Sevens Series event in the city, the tour returned to Vancouver on September 18th and 19th in 2021. South Africa came in first place, and Great Britain won the Women’s Fast Four tournament.
Dates for the games in Vancouver in 2022 were originally February 26th and 27th, but were postponed due to COVID concerns. The event took place on April 16th and 17th.
For the latest news about the games, visit the World Rugby Sevens Series website.
Vancouver’s Canada Rugby Sevens
In 2022 there were 16 teams competing in Vancouver in the Rugby Sevens Tournament. There are normally 10 tournaments held around the world each year and the team with the most points out of all the tournaments wins.
The 2021-22 season was different due to COVID-19 as there were nine tournaments scheduled not every team was able to participate at every tournament. Of note, New Zealand and Samoa did not participate at any of the first four tournaments and Fiji did not play in two of them. All the biggest nations played in Vancouver, however.
The Teams at the Event
There were 16 teams who participated at the Vancouver Rugby Seven Series in 2022. Those teams were Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, the USA and Wales.
Both Germany and Jamaica took part in the Rugby 7s Series in 2021/22 as invited teams and replacements for squads that couldn’t take part. They did not play in Vancouver, however.
Prices of tickets depend on if you want reserved seats and if you want to go for one day or the entire weekend. Ticket prices for 2022 are listed below.
At the Canada Rugby Sevens event, these tickets allow you to sit wherever you want within the General Admission area but your seats aren’t reserved and anyone can take them if you decide to leave and come back later.
- Single Day – $75
- Weekend – $129
These seats are designated seats that are saved for ticket holders for the entire weekend. They ensure that you are always sitting with your group in the same spot with amazing views of the field.
- Regular – $149
- Sideline – $169
These seats each have their own perks such as behind-the-scenes access, private lounges, private bars and/or in-seat food services. Check the official website to see the specific extras included in each type of ticket.
- 7s Access – $179 (not available in 2022)
- Elite 500 – $279
- Grosvenor Club – $299
The Rugby Sevens Schedule
Every game lasts for about 16 to 20 minutes, so they are very short. Games start almost immediately after the other. Each game is broken up into two 7-minute halves with a 2-minute half-time in the middle.
Below are the general times for when the games started and ended in 2022.
Saturday, April 16, 2022
On the Saturday in 2022, the games started at 9:00 am with a clash between Argentina and France that ended in a tie. There were a couple of short breaks at around noon and 5:00 pm. Saturday games finished around 7 o’clock with South Africa beating Australia.
Team Canada’s men’s team played at 11:37 am against Australia and lost, they unfortunately lost again at 2:26 pm against South Africa, and at 6:05 pm they beat Spain to end the day on a win.
Sunday, April 17th, 2022
The Sunday games started at 9:00 am with the knockout rounds and ran until around 6:30 pm. There was a longer break at around 4:00 pm and a couple shorter ones earlier in the day.
The final match began at 5:58 pm with a medal presentation directly after the match finished. Argentina were the champions of the 2022 event, beating Fiji in the final. This was Argentina’s first ever win at a Rugby Sevens Series event.
Canada finished in 10th place, beating Japan and Scotland in the consolation quarterfinals and semifinals before losing to Ireland.
Team Canada Practice Video
We got to see the Canadian men’s team practicing at BC Place Stadium on September 17th in 2021 (so the day before the 2021 tournament). The following video is of what we saw.
For more information about this tournament click Canada Rugby Sevens.
If you’re interested in this event then check out the following too:
- Whitecaps Soccer
- BC Lions Football
- Vancouver Canucks Hockey
- BC Place Stadium
- Festivals and Events in Vancouver