As the football World Cup shuts down, another starts up. The lesser-spotted Rugby World Cup Sevens is not a huge event worldwide, but is gem of a tournament with 29 nations competing.

Both men’s and women’s teams will be in San Francisco to play for two world titles as tournament is played in America for the first time.

Rugby sevens, for the unaware, is a version of rugby union. Instead of 15-person teams playing 40-minute halves, there are seven-person teams playing seven minute halves.

It’s intense to say the least.

When is the Rugby World Cup Sevens?

The Rugby World Cup Sevens, due to the length of the matches, is only three days long.

It starts on Friday 20 July and ends on Sunday 22 July.

View all the men’s fixtures here.

View all the women’s fixtures here.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup Sevens on TV

In the UK you’ll only be able to see highlights on ITV 4 – it’s not being shown live anywhere.

There are three highlights shows on ITV4

  • 10:40pm – 11:40pm on Saturday 21 July
  • 11:20pm – 12:20am on Sunday 22 July
  • 11:05pm – 12:10am on Monday 23 July

Click here to watch ITV 4 live

How to watch the Rugby World Cup Sevens online

You can also watch some of the matches live, and check out highlights, for free at the official Rugby World Cup Sevens website

You can also access the same services through the app for iOS or Android

How to watch the Rugby World Cup Sevens abroad

If you want to check out the ITV highlights from abroad, you can still tune into the channel by using a VPN.  A VPN is software for your computer, phone or tablet that lets you access country-restricted content.

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