Rugby Sevens

Invented in the Scottish borders of Melrose way back in 1883 and immensely popular as a sport throughout the world, Rugby Sevens is a fast paced version of the full version of the Rugby Union or Rugby League game and is considered to be even harder and tougher as a competitive sport compared to the other two codes of rugby.

Each game lasts a mere 14 minutes and is a test for all the attributes of a player including his speed, ball handling as well as agility to the absolute limit. The players have to combine their skills of running with the ball with kicking it over the goal line of the opponent to get their team on the scoreboard. The popularity of the game is set to be given further boost after it was announced that it will included as an Olympic sport starting from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games for the first time.

A Rugby Sevens is slated to be held at Scotland in 2014 where only men will compete this time. The tournament is scheduled to take place over two grueling days in July with 16 world class teams battling it out for the title in 45 games.

New Zealand has been the most dominant force in the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens, having claimed all the four gold medals given away till date and will arguably be the team to watch in the 2014 tournament.

Rugby Sevens is hugely popular among the nations of the Pacific Islands and the likes of Fiji and Samoa are likely to be among the most entertaining sides in the tournament that will kick off in the summer of 2014. The two sides from Africa, Kenya and South Africa are also likely to be among the sides fighting for the title.