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Understanding the Rules of Rugby Sevens

By Let’s Go Travel
Published July 13, 2019

Understanding the Rules of Rugby SevensThe game is played by seven players on each side. Each team is only allowed five reserves per game, and they’re permitted to make five substitutions.

These rule changes are brought in to keep the game fast moving and free flowing, which is considered the aim of sevens rugby.

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Games take place between two teams for a total of two seven-minute halves, with a one- or two-minute half time break.

The championship final is played with 10-minute halves. The scoring system awards five points for a try, two points for a conversion and three points for both penalties and drop goals.

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The difference between football and rugby is that all conversions must be taken within 30 seconds of the try being scored and must be taken as a drop goal rather than a place kick.

Once the conversion attempt is made, the scoring team kicks off to the opposition.

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