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RugbyX is a brand new, fast-paced format of the game featuring the world’s leading international 7s teams (England, France, Ireland, Argentina, USA) and the Barbarians. They’ve changed some of the rules, meaning a more fluid game, with the ball in play for up to 80% of the time. It’s a brand-new way to experience rugby inside the O2 Arena.
Approved by World Rugby, this is rugby in its simplest form. Fewer players. A smaller pitch. Adjusted rules. RugbyX is a radical new way to play fast, intense rugby. The crowd will be closer to the players and closer to the action, with lights, DJ’s and so much more – this is rugby, accelerated.
The six men’s teams will be split into two pools of three and will play against each other once across the afternoon session. The top two teams will qualify for the semi-finals that will take place in the evening session. The teams at the bottom of each pool will also play in the evening session in a play-off for fifth place. The four women’s teams go straight semi-finals in the afternoon session with finals and third place play-offs taking place in the evening session.
What makes RugbyX different?
It’s full contact rugby, played on a specially constructed, smaller pitch
There are five players per side plus seven rolling substitutes
Line outs are replaced by quick throws
There are three person scrums – hooking but no pushing
There are chip kicks but no box kicks, with a maximum kick height of 10m
Five points for a try; no conversions, drop goals or penalty goals
Drawn matches are settled by one on oneNo touch kicking - tap and go penalties
It’s played indoors, inside the O2
The event will launch at the O2 on Tuesday 29 October with an afternoon session and evening session.
Last Updated: September, 2019